St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Positioned just off the coast of France within the English Channel, the beautiful Channel Islands, all British Crown dependencies, are fiercely independent and justifiably proud of their history and traditions.
They are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy, and are not part of the United Kingdom. They include the two separate territories (or bailiwicks) of Guernsey and Jersey, both administered separately since the late 13th century.
The islands are quite famous for their stoic resistance during German occupation in World War II, with remnants of that war still dotting the local landscape.
Saint Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey as well as the main port in the islands. In fact, Guernsey's capital has been a busy port since Roman times. This small town has a number of interesting attractions and a fascinating history.
With its cobbled streets and picturesque seafront marina, it is easy to see why St Peter Port is considered one of Europe's most attractive harbor towns.
Victor Hugo, the French poet, playwright and novelist lived on Guernsey in exile for a number of years. In fact, while there, he wrote "Les Miserables."
The town of St. Peter Port is built on hills and this is a look at some steps leading up one of the hills. This narrow pathway is named Constitution Way, and if you were to climb it, it would certainly challenge your constitution
Born in Guernsey, Thomas de la Rue founded De La Rue plc, a company which is now the world's largest commercial security printer and papermaker.
This is an island of colors, and local phone booths, mailboxes and buses are no exception.
Traditional Fish & Chips served here.
The island's namesake cow, the Guernsey, and the cheese produced from its milk has made the breed world famous
Guernsey Island lives by and from the sea, and boats are everywhere; ferries, ocean-going tankers, sailboats and small rowboats cover the harbor. Cruise shops are common in the summer months.
Tide movement is strong in the English Channel, and there are times of the day when all boats in the Guernsey Island harbor have no where to go, so they just sit in the mud until the tide rises.
These are typical houses and rooftops on the island. I can see the French influence.
The classic stone architecture of Guernsey's Salem Church. It stands in the middle of town, and is quite striking.
Castle Cornet fronts St. Peter Port's harbor, and this ancient and historic castle is an imposing site. This is a slice of one of the outside walls. It was first fortified as a castle between 1206 and 1256 and served as the official residence of the Governor of Guernsey until 1672 when the keep was catastrophically destroyed. A bolt of lightning struck the magazine of the castle, destroying the keep and a number of living quarters.
And of course...anywhere you have narrow, hilly roads in the UK, you will have sports cars. It's a given!
Racing model boats is very popular on Guernsey Island, and on a large enclosed harbor side pool dozens and dozens of boats compete for bragging rights. These are two of the sailboats in the competition.