The Magnetic Pull of Guernsey

I now know why after visiting Guernsey Jen was drawn to live there, why anyone would be.  When you compare most aspects of life in London there is just no contest.

St Martin - Guernsey

The stunning coast lines, abundance of flowers, cute cottage houses and enough quiet to hear your own thoughts are just where Guernsey starts to pull you in. D and I have just come back from 8 days in Guernsey where we stayed with Jen who has been living on this small island since March.

Where exactly is Guernsey?  Officially named the Bailiwick of Guernsey it is a British Crown dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy.  Together with Jersey and the surrounding smaller islands they comprise the Channel Islands.  Its French roots are easily seen with French street names and many house names in French.

Post Box - Guernsey

This was one of my few holidays where I didn’t really do too much reading up on what we might see or do.  We rocked up to Jen’s, spied her amazing view and knew that no matter what we got up to that week it would come with stunning scenery.  Being close to the south of the island we quickly decided to get out to the coast and I was almost rendered speechless by the sight, height, and closeness to the cliffs.

South Coast 2 - Guernsey

Our leisurely meander turned into a proper cliff walk when an unexpected event happened (D not listening to my directions with the map).  However it meant we ventured far enough for me to see this and capture the photo above.  There are many highlights from our trip which I will share in subsequent posts.  But I now leave you with a picture of foxgloves which were found everywhere and which I name the unofficial flower of the island.

Foxgloves - Guernsey

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Really lovely photos. I lived in Jersey for 8 months way back when, never did make it to Guernsey though. Thanks for the pics. 🙂

    1. Wanderlust23 says:

      Thanks. So cool that you lived in Jersey, how did you end up there? I think next visit we’ll also check out Jersey which I hear is supposed to be quite different to Guernsey. More modern apparently, so it would be interesting to compare.

  2. Jen says:

    Yes! Convert. As Previously mentioned, you are always welcome to come visit!

    Alas you missed the glorious sunshine this week!

    Sent from my iPhone

    1. Wanderlust23 says:

      Completely. Well London isn’t too bad weather wise this weekend and should be lasting for Canada Day.

  3. I want to get there to see Jen so badly. Grr UK Border Agency and their ridiculous waiting times!

    1. Wanderlust23 says:

      You must, but at least she will be there for a while so you’ll have time. Do you have an application in at the moment? UKBA is so useless.

      1. I’m sending it in a few weeks time – just need one more payslip from work and a bank statement… then the being unable to leave the country for months on end starts.

        1. Wanderlust23 says:

          Well hopefully it isn’t an overly long wait. People will just have to come to you now.

  4. Jay says:

    I’ve wanted to visit Guernsey ever since reading “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society.”

    One of my sister’s best friends is living on Jersey – she seems to love island life 🙂

    1. Wanderlust23 says:

      It was the book that made my friend want to visit as well. That book is definitely doing its work to promote the island!

  5. Amazing views. But, I can’t just imagine living there after living in a big city, with so many things to do! Curious about these islands, though. All I tend to hear about them is in relation to milk.

    1. Wanderlust23 says:

      Completely agree with you, it was amazingly beautiful but I know it isn’t somewhere I could live. I would feel isolated and not enough going on.

    2. JR says:

      Ha! Did you hear about our milk crisis, then? A part broke at the dairy and we had a… MILK SHORTAGE! We had to get special permission to bring in milk from the OUTSIDE for a few days. Then there was a big controversy when people realised how much more Guernsey milk costs than other milks. #milkgate

      1. Wanderlust23 says:

        I do remember you tweeting about this. If this is the level of crisis for the island then I think you’ve done well. Even if it is higher priced I would assume it is better quality, I mean the cows frollic all over the island!

        1. JR says:

          It paints a nice picture in the mind!

          Sent from my iPhone

  6. Jen says:

    that last picture is beautiful, love the blog

    1. Wanderlust23 says:

      Thank you and welcome to the blog.

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