UNITED KINGDOM: Guernsey & Jersey

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

A bit of advice if you’re traveling to the Channel Islands, give yourself some wiggle room. The ferries have a habit of frequent cancellation. Such was the case when I lost a day in Guernsey to just such a curtailment of service, proving once again, the necessity of maintaining flexibility in your travels. Also, always have a back-up plan. It turns out that Condor Ferries purchased vessels that were not entirely up to the task of dealing with rough seas. The place I stayed was managed by a short, pudgy git who bore a resemblance to what would happen if you crossed Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.

After mentioning that there might be relief in sight regarding our horror of a President, to which the plump innkeeper had the poor taste of lambasting me with Fox News talking points. I think he forgot the hospitality part of the business in which he was supposed to be engaged. Never mind the fact that Guernsey was occupied by the Nazis during the war, and that Donald Trump has given comfort and encouragement to Nazis of all stripes worldwide. Should Trump be re-elected in a year, I will never forgive the American people and the 99% of evangelicals who still support him.

 

GUERNSEY

 

My week in Guernsey was truly a grey and rain-sodden experience, but thankfully I was granted one absolutely stunning sunny day.

These first grey shots were taken with my iPhone close to my hotel. It’s always nice to get some of the same material in different lighting so I made sure to return for more on a sunny day.

Even windy, rainy weather can produce some quality images.

I very much enjoyed the rock formations and the craggy coastline and was looking forward to delving into some of the war remnants that can be found around the island.

German bunkers and fortifications encircle the perimeter of the island. Most of them were built by slave labor from Hitler’s camps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERE COMES THE SUN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORT HOMMET

 

 

 

 

 

CASEMATE BUNKER

IT’S NOT THE GUNS OF THE NAVARONE

BUT IT COULD DO SOME DAMAGE TO AN UNSUSPECTING VESSEL

10.5 CENTIMETER COAST DEFENCE GUN

 

 

The ochre-colored moss on the rocks in Guernsey was especially attractive.

 

 

 

PLEINMONT OBSERVATION TOWER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRENADE CHUTE

 

PARASAILING

MACHINE GUN

 

 

 

RADIO

 

 

 

 

LADDER TO THE TOPMOST LOOKOUT

 

 

 

PARASAILER COMES IN FOR A LANDING

 

FORTIFIED TRENCH LEADING TO ARTILLERY EMPLACEMENT

EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE! – I think the Doctor Who people stole the design of the Daleks from the Germans.

HERE’S A SLIGHTLY HEFTIER PIECE OF ARTILLERY

 

CAMOUFLAGED TRENCH LEADING OUT OF THE ARTILLERY EMPLACEMENT

ANOTHER BUNKER IN THE DISTANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ALBION HOUSE – 1780

Closest tavern to a church in the British Isles

 

 

 

JERSEY

 

HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH ANOTHER WET WELCOME TO JERSEY

THERE WEREN’T ANY TAXIS AT THE FERRY TERMINAL SO I WALKED THE MILE TO MY HOTEL.

ONCE AGAIN THE LION’S SHARE OF MY VISIT WAS INUNDATED BY PRECIPITATION

Chippy was good enough to give me a tour of the island.

 

 

 

 

 

Jersey also has ochre moss inundated rock formations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DODGY PUB – One of the kilt-wearing chaps just got done mooning someone down the street.

Chippy, Sadie-Rose, Zoe, and Harry

RECOVERING PET

LIBERATION MONUMENT – Celebrating the expulsion of the Nazis in 1945

I enjoy a brief respite from the rain before flying to London’s forecast of a week’s worth of precipitation.

4 Comments

  1. Doug
    October 7, 2019

    On a plus…lots of surfing available!

  2. The Travel Zealot
    October 14, 2019

    Hi Doug,
    Unfortunately, the Travel Zealot, like “Charlie,” don’t surf. Fortunately, the Mackenzie family saved the day on that leg of the trip. That Jersey sole was phenomenal, too.

  3. Doug
    October 22, 2019

    Despite the rain….Jersey looks OK based on these pics!

  4. The Travel Zealot
    October 24, 2019

    Yeah Doug,
    I have a habit of putting a place’s best foot forward. This visit was more of a human interest situation anyway.

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