Thursday, July 17, 2014

Guernsey Island of Enchantment

Guernsey Island, Kenneth Branagh

For Kenneth Branagh it will be the subject of his movie, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.” For some it is a popular “Offshore Finance Center”, accounting for 37% of Guernsey’s income. For visitors it is a wonderful place to decompress from a busy life and enjoy the slow pace of the island. For my sister it was a destination of excitement, hope and love, as she traveled from California to marry her pen-pal, many years ago. For me it is an island of enchantment! Please join me on a private tour.

Saint Peter Port, The Pollet

“The Pollet” is an ancient street in Saint Peter Port lined with shops and restaurants.

Guernsey Island, Mill Street

“Mill Street” is a particular favorite of ours from our very first trip. The steepness of the street has created difficulties for stores over the years but it is very charming.

Guernsey Island, old market

The old Market area has been transformed to a bustling area of boutiques and restaurants. “How about a local brew?”

Marla Gentry, Guernsey Island, antiques

Marla stops to admire an antique shop filled with small cars, boats and airplanes.

Guernsey Island, cliff walks

Locals and visitors love the many “Cliff Walks” which line the island’s coastline.  I love the many gorgeous bays that dot the coast. A few have ancient watchtowers from the 18th century along with little restaurants for snacks.

Fermain Bay, , Guernsey Island

The trails near Fermain Bay are lush with ferns and flowers in bloom. There is a peacefulness interrupted only by the sounds of seabirds and warm winds in the pines.

Cliff Walks, Guernsey Island

We came across an interesting old home on a cliff walk near Jerbourg Point. It looks like something out of an old storybook.

Guernsey cows,Guernsey Island

Guernsey is famous for their cows and dairy products. These Guernsey cows are definitely spoiled on this green meadow with spectacular views.

Guernsey Island, Icart Point

The views from Icart Point are magnificent!  We encountered a number of artists painting the wonderful view on their canvases.

Leaving the cliff trail we headed back toward town. This is a typical small lane in St. Martin’s parish, with very old homes and granite walls on the street. The house on the right was built in 1789.

Guernsey Island

I love this “Thank you for being Honest” roadside stand filled with fresh garden produce and eggs from their little farm.

Sausmarez Manor, Guernsey Island

Sausmarez Manor is an estate lost in time and open to the public. Part of the home began in the late 12th century with the important façade built between 1714 and 1718.

cream tea, Guernsey Island

We stopped for a delightful “Cream Tea” in their garden. I love their homemade scones, topped with Guernsey butter, jam and heavy cream! “Yumm!”

Guernsey Island

Our visit to this magical isle of enchantment was totally fabulous! Spending wonderful time visiting my niece and her husband, nephew and his wife, along with my brother-in-law, was an incredible bonus on our Guernsey holiday.

Stay tuned for a visit to the beautiful island of Sark, a unique place where cars are “not allowed.”

All images by Dick Gentry.

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