Back along in February, I went to Jersey for the first time for a long weekend, flying with Flybe from Exeter, a brief but pretty flight, a rare sunshiny day letting us see the Channel Islands from above.
It was an interesting weekend. Both the landscape and architecture reminding me of Devon and Brittany, Britain and France. At times it was like stepping back in time with Sunday trading laws still operating and a surprising lack of traffic.
Mont Orgueil was an amazing castle to visit with its fascinating history, breathtaking views across the Channel and quirky art installations. For six hundred years, it protected Jersey from French invasion. But Jersey was invaded, in 1939 by Nazi Germany. It remained under occupation until May 9th 1945. Liberation Day is celebrated every year on that day (which happens to be my birthday). Unfortunately the war tunnels were closed as we were out of season…
Cafe culture, boats, golf: this is an island where maybe only the rich can live. But it was good to hang out on a sunny weekend and finally see the place where the 80s detective series Bergerac was filmed. Which, so it is whispered, might be making a return. I’m actually rather excited about that.
Jersey is a tiny island and you can get about it quickly (well not that quickly seeing as there’s a 40mph speed limit). Coves, beaches, fields, potatoes, daffodils, and Corbiere lighthouse, the first lighthouse in the British Isles to be constructed of concrete alone. A lighthouse that has saved many lives and seen countless beautiful sunsets.
But the best thing? The surprise of finding St Matthew’s Church, otherwise known as the Glass Church because of the glass work created by none other than Rene Lalique, said to be one of his greatest achievements. Stunning. An unexpected jewel.
Next stop Guernsey?