This post is simply a selection of photographs taken at the conclusion of the cultural and historical part of exploring St Peter Port and its surrounding area during our trip to Guernsey. When we travel we like to mix a little bit of education and interest with some relaxation; too much of the former and you don’t get the break you were after; too much of the latter and, for us, it’s just a waste of money.
With our visit to Castle Cornet out of the way we made ourselves along the waterfront and its marina in order to see what might grab our attention in St Peter Port itself as up until this point we’d been exploring south of the city.
One of the reasons we’d chosen to head off away from St Peter Port in the first place was because we’d arrived on the island on a Sunday and with it being small we’d suspected that much of the city would be closed. This turned out to be mostly correct and there were only a few open shops and nothing that grabbed our attention as we hit the streets one or two back from the waterfront. There wasn’t even much of interest architecturally and I only grabbed a few shots of anything here.
We ended up hitting a few pubs in search of some local ales (and anyone who knows us knows this is not a surprising turn of events) and even had an unexpected and very pleasant conversation with the bar staff in one of them regarding the Flying Spaghetti Monster following some confusion over my Cthulhu t-shirt. Didn’t expect that to happen when we woke up that morning on board the cruise ship.
A few more photos of the marina on the way back to the tender boats (where we timed our arrival almost perfectly for just stepping on and heading straight back to the ship) concludes our very enjoyable (if you forget about Marie injuring herself on the coastal walk to the Ozanne Steps) first visit to any of the Channel Islands.
We liked what we saw of St Peter Port and there’s still a fair bit to explore of the rest of the island at some point so we’d be happy to return. The only problem with cruises is planning what to do when you get there as disembarkation is not guaranteed due to the unsheltered harbour and high tidal range so it might be a location best visited more deliberately, flying in and spending a few days, perhaps.
Guernsey In The 1980s
By way of comparison with the photos I’ve taken on our visit to Guernsey I’m now including scans of photos of my dad and a family friend, Nabil, visiting Guernsey themselves in the 1980s. I think it’s really interesting to see the unchanged and changed parts of St Peter Port in the photographs above and below.