UK: Jersey

Along with beautiful beaches and coastal cliffs, Jersey is known for its fascinating military history. During the Napoleonic Wars and World War II, Jersey was the staging post for attacks on the British Isles and this history can be seen and felt right across the island. The island is just nine miles by five!

🙂 Sleepy. Great food. Scenic coast.

🙁 Nothing negative to report.

THREE things we did not know about Jersey:

  1. The flag of Jersey is composed of a red saltire on a white field. In the upper quadrant the badge of Jersey surmounted by a yellow “Plantagenet crown”. The flag was adopted by the States of Jersey on 12 June 1979, proclaimed by Queen Elizabeth II on 10 December 1980 and first officially hoisted on 7 April 1981.
  2. It might be the big daddy of the Channel Isles, but at just nine miles (14km) east to west and five miles (8km) north to south, it’s fair to say Jersey is a pretty tiny island. However, 20 miles (32km) of its coastline is made up of fine sandy beaches.
  3. Jérrais is the language islanders spoke not so long ago (along with French and English), which descended from ancient Jersey-Norman. During the German occupation in World War II the language proved a canny means of secret communication and outwitting the enemy. Only a few of the older islanders still speak Jérrais today, although there has been a move to reintroduce language lessons in schools.

What a splendid weekend away Jersey is truly beautiful. We hired a car and stayed in St. Brelade.

We found this rustic beach oyster shack that did the most divine seafood.

Unfortunately all of our photos have disappeared … but we know we had a great time!

We visited the Jersey War Tunnels which tells the true story of wartime Jersey in a way that no other visitor attraction does. It’s the best place to get a true picture of what life was really like in Jersey during WWII. The exhibition is housed within an underground tunnel complex, built by the Germans using slave labour. Fascinating.

Jersey Zoo began as the first ever conservation-themed zoo. Over 60 years later, Gerald Durrell’s animal haven is the natural place to discover some of the world’s most incredible creatures. Whether you’re after fun, tranquillity, knowledge or a place to soak up the sunshine, this beautiful 32-acre park has it all. A really interesting day out.

Mont Orgueil is a castle in Jersey that overlooks the harbour of Gorey; a port on the east coast of the Island. Stunning views and an intriguing visit. The amazing fortress was built in 1212 under the Duchy of Normandy division and served as Jersey’s forefront of defence until it was replaced by Elizabeth Castle.

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