Guernsey the Gorgeous

Author: Sue Rogers
Date: 22nd August 1999

Bravery Certificate

  • To be frank I can’t remember huge amounts about my trip to Guernsey. We flew from Southampton  and Chris made me a certificate for being brave and flying in a small plane. I quickly discovered the island was small and easily circumnavigated, with areas of dramatic coastal cliffs and pretty bays. Chris had been before several times and wanted to take me to his favourite spots.

St Peter Port, Capital of Guernsey

  • We stayed in the capital of Guernsey, St Peter Port. It is definitely a tourist mecca with a very French flavour, visited by over 80 cruise ships each year. There are fish restaurants galore, plenty of fish platters with big-budget scarlet lobsters. The harbour is dominated by thirteenth-century Castle Cornet. Here, there are several museums to entertain and scarlet uniformed gunners parade out to music at midday and fire the(very noisy) noon day gun. There’s also Hauteville House, the lavish former home of exiled French writer, Victor Hugo. He completed Les Miserables here and it’s actually now owned by the city of Paris, (so France has claim to a very small part of the island still) and houses an honorary French consul, as well as other museums.

The Shell Chapel

  •  The other main tourist site on Guerney is what is promoted as the smallest chapel in the world. It’s fairly recently built (designed by a French monk), early twentieth century, and unusually decorated with shells pebbles and broken china and shells.

Sark

  •  We also made a boat trip to Sark, also part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Charming scenery, and no cars allowed. You can walk easily along the coastal paths  - it’s very small - or hop onto one of the local horse traps.
  • And I bought a traditional navy blue woollen fisherman's guernsey - of course

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