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Jersey, UK. by Ken Dunn on 30 September 2013 6:21am
We are just back from a holiday in Jersey and had a lovely time except for the first 3 days which were a bit stormy. I'm glad I took some of my foul weather gear as I was able to explore the locality at St. Clement's bay while the wind abated.
The main places we visited were the whole island on an island tour, the Durrell Wildlife Centre and St. Malo in France.
The island was a lovely place with a few laws that would be useful for the whole of the UK to adopt. The one I liked best was filtering in turn at roundabouts.
Re: Jersey, UK. by suzulu on 2 October 2013 12:42am
Glad you had a nice time, Ken.

Jersey is a lovely place.
Re: Jersey, UK. by Ken Dunn on 13 December 2013 8:01am
As I'm resting an injury I'll add to this report.

We were supposed to sail on the ferry from Portsmouth on the first morning of the holiday and my brother-in-law dropped us of at the terminal building. There weren't many people about so we headed straight to the check-in point only to be told the ferry was off for a refit! The security man at the desk phoned a Condor rep. and they came to try and sort the problem. They reckoned It was our holiday company's fault for not informing our agent. We tried phoning Preston Holidays but their office on the number we had did not open till 10am. It was about 8.15am. The only other thing I could think of was to to phone our agent, Thomsons Holidays in Kirkcaldy. I also decided to put our main luggage in left luggage so we could explore the terminal building. We waited until 9.10 and using my wife's mobile I spoke to Claire who did some checks and to cut a long story short gave Preston Holidays a piece of her mind. We collected our luggage at about 1pm and the supervisor kindly waived the fee as he'd probably heard of our predicament.. Somewhere during all this we found out that we had been rebooked to sail out of Poole at 8am but no one had told either us or our agent. A lady in the terminal building gave us the name and number of Aquacabs and we arrived at the airport to spend another few hours before our flight departure. We flew out of Southampton at about 5.15 after a delay of an hour. The landing approach was very bumpy and I could feel the pilot fighting with the controls of the aircraft to keep her on the glide path. It was a De Haviland Dash 400 turboprop aircraft an we had seats at the very back. My wife had the window seat and once we were below the cloud we could see Jersey sliding by. The pilot fought the wind all the way down and we landed with a lesser bump than all the ones we had experienced on the approach. On the runway I felt the effect of negative wind shear, a very strange sensation, but as my body got used to the fact that the aircraft was now moving along its fuselage axis this sensation passed. We were last off and the pilot personally got my wife's walking aid out of the hold so we could get to the bus. I think I thanked the pilot for getting us down safely.

We had arrived in Jersey and Claire had given us the name of the Preston rep. to see when we arrived. After collecting our luggage we made our way to the departure gate and (I can't remember his name) directed us to our very own Tantivy coach for the transfer to the hotel. We arrived just after 7pm and I reckoned that was about the time we would have arrived had we got the ferry as planned. So everything could now go to plan.

As we entered the room there were bits of a sunset reflecting on the choppy sea as the cloud was breaking up so I took the opportunity for my first photographs of the day although in saying that I think I took one of an aircraft at Southampton airport. From here, you can assume I'm taking photos as go because I came back with over 100 extra in my Olympus memory card.

We went down for dinner before 8 and there was a great choice from a good menu. With that we finished our first day.

The next morning, Tuesday, we went down to great service at breakfast and after that, at about 9.30 saw Kate, the Preston rep. in the hotel. We listened to her information and booked an Island tour after which she gave us our money back with a bit extra to cover the cost of our taxi fare from Portsmouth to Southampton. The weather was poor so I went exploring and found a bus stop and a Marks & Spencers nearby. I thought, good with an M & S very near the bus stop it's a great opportunity to get my wife onto the bus. She hasn't liked buses since she fell of one many years ago. The bus stop was near a lighthouse and I noted its name.

We took our first run into St Helier by taxi and I asked the driver to drop us at a point between the bus station and the town centre. With street map in hand we did a circuit that brought us back to the bus station via the shops - we found another M & S with clothes this time and my wife went in an photographed the label of something she fancied - and a coffee stop. My wife took her first bus ride in about 20 years and was impressed with the service so much that we used the bus to go everywhere for the rest of the holiday. At £1.20 for a short journey and £1.70 for a long one the Island was at our mercy! At dinner we had a complimentary bottle of wine on the table from Preston's and as I'm not a big drinker it lasted 4 or 5 evenings. It was a lovely Australian Shiraz - Kate had fully sorted the hiccup very professionally. My wife didn't want any wine or we could have had a bottle of white too! It was after dinner that we heard Eddie Muddiman, the excellent guitar player I have reported on elsewhere in Palinstravels. This ended the second day.
Re: Jersey, UK. by Ken Dunn on 13 December 2013 9:18am
I'll do the rest of the holiday in bits from here unless I decide the summary in my first post is sufficient.
Re: Jersey, UK. by Ken Dunn on 27 October 2015 10:09pm
We are considering going back to Jersey but have no definite plans yet.

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