Guernsey, the Sights (well some of them)

We bought a guide book a few weeks before our holiday in Guernsey and there were a few places we really wanted to see. We didn’t make it to all of them…but here are the ones we did get to.

Castle Cornet, St Peter Port

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Mark – dressed for a day beside the sea

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yachts spotted from Castle Cornet

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at mid-day a cannon is fired – and it is VERY loud!

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the roses clearly like their roof garden spot

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There are a number of gardens within Castle Cornet – probably goes without saying that this is the herb garden

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just liked this little ‘hussard sur le toit’

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there are five separate museums within Castle Cornet – as many will know Mark and I can never resist dressing up and the RAF 201 squadron museum gave us just the opportunity!

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my turn!!

 

Fort Grey – views of and from our local fort

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The Occupation Museum

When I joined the Bath WI book club, they were talking about which books they had enjoyed and the only one that had universal approval was ‘the Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society’ by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I downloaded it to my Kindle over a year ago but hadn’t got round to reading it so this holiday seemed the perfect time. It is a brilliant book and as we explored the island I felt I was carrying the characters and events around with me. It made me really interested in the German occupation of Guernsey and how life must have been, so I was adamant we must visit the German Occupation Museum. I don’t have many photos – just this one of the convex mirror relflecting us watching the short film about the occupation – but it was fascinating and I am so glad we went.

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The WWII feel of the island is helped by the number of old cars around and the sound of propeller planes.

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The Little Chapel

This is like a grand Wendy house church covered in china mosaic and shells. It sounds a bit twee I know, but I really liked it. You can read more about it here: the little chapel

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ooh look – Mark’s reflection in the tile!

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Sausmarez Manor

A wonderful house – only open as part of a tour, but our tour guide was fascinating – along with subtropical gardens, coppersmith and sculpture trail: http://www.sausmarezmanor.co.uk/

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I don’t know what these huge plants are – not in my Channel Islands Flora book – but we saw them all over the place

 

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ducks and chickens have free range – but feeding them in the cafe is not allowed!

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something about this guy reminds me of Hugh Laurie (but I don’t think he sits around in gardens, naked)

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I like this big silver drop – from a distance it is very elegant and yet close to it’s like the house of fun mirrors at the fair (particularly when the camera bag carrier sneaks up and peers under your arm while you’re taking a photo!)

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Almost there…just Herm to go (it could be worse; I took 1,111 photos during the week!)

 

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5 responses to “Guernsey, the Sights (well some of them)

  1. Kath Hamper

    i think your big spiky plants might be echium family…. super photos, i love the statues!

  2. Kath Hamper

    she, shoots, she scores – Echium pininana, i believe.

    …and as for those uniformed reprobates, they’ll be doing jankers for a week for the state of their uniforms!!! LOL.

  3. I’ve always said that a nice hat will do wonders for how you look – and am I right or not?! Eh??

    …the chapel is really spectacular…
    …and the Shaeffer book is a favourite!

    What a lovely trip you had!

  4. Of course – you are always right!
    I bought a tea towel with the book on it as a nice souvenir.
    Indeed it was a lovely trip…

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