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Thursday, April 23, 2009

My Easter in Jersey

My partner, Jayne, and I spent the (long) Easter weekend this year in Jersey.

For anyone who doesn't know, Jersey is the southern-most of the British Isles, only a stone's throw from France.

Anyway, I thought perhaps you might like to hear a bit about it, and see a few of my photos.

We stayed at a very nice hotel called The Beausite (which I was pleased to discover had free wi-fi for guests). The rooms were comfortable, the staff friendly and helpful, and the food (we went half-board) was both delicious and plentiful. Here's Jayne in the hotel dining room after another five-course meal...


The hotel was a short walk from Gorey, a picturesque town on the east of the island dominated by the impressive Mont Orgueil Castle. Here's a photo I took from along the seafront. We did visit the castle - it's well worth a look - but unfortunately I forgot to take my camera on that occasion.


On our second day we went to the island capital, St Helier, on the bus. Here's the Liberation Square statue, commemorating the liberation of Jersey from the Nazis after WW2...


Having looked around the shops and had some lunch, we thought we'd take a walk along the seafront to see the famous Glass Church. It turned out to be further than anticipated, and there was disappointment in store when we got there...


From the outside the church is not exactly impressive (see below). Maybe it's spectacular inside; I guess I may never know.


After we got back to St Helier we visited the stunning Jersey Occupation Tapestry and the next-door Maritime Museum - both highly recommended, though I didn't take any photos.

Next day we went to Jersey Zoo, recently rebranded Durrell after its founder, the author and naturalist Gerald Durrell. We had a brilliant day there, helped by the best weather of our visit. Here's very impressive gorilla...


And here's Jayne again, standing beside a statue of Gerald Durrell.


Finally on our last day we visited Jersey Pottery. It was a public holiday and there wasn't much work going on, but we were impressed by the beautiful ornamental carp in the garden.


And here's Jayne enjoying some well-earned refreshment. She does like a nice cup of tea...


Well, that's about it for our Jersey visit, though you can see more photos in my Picasa album if you like. If you live anywhere convenient for getting to Jersey, I highly recommend it for a short (or longer) break. There's lots to see and do, and a great local bus service for getting around (or you could hire a car, of course). Take my advice, though, and give The Glass Church a miss!

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