We landed early on a Wednesday and had a drive around the island, a cup of tea with the bride-to-be and then a mooch around St Helier with lunch at La Fregate Cafe (we were massively craving something toasted so I had a lush panini).
|La Corbière Lighthouse|
|View from La Fregate of Elizabeth Castle|
We got settled and had a big dinner at that most Jerseyish of restaurants - TGI Friday's. I was absolutely cream crackered (knackered... exhausted in British) as we'd been up since 3am and I'd had less than two hours sleep so I was exceedingly pleased to crawl into bed!
On the Thursday we went to Durrell Wildlife Park - if you are at all in the animal/zoo/conservation world you will know that Gerald Durrell is basically a God. So I was very excited to visit.
It didn't disappoint.
We also had a chill day, mooching about the shops and driving around.
On the Saturday was the wedding, which was awesome.
Unfortunately the weather did not really cooperate for the rest of the trip. One rainy day we went to the Jersey War Tunnels (I coerced everyone as I really wanted to go) and it was a really good and slightly sobering experience. During WWII British forces withdrew from the Islands and they were then occupied by Nazis for the duration, causing great hardship for the Islanders. The Nazis started to build tunnels (or, POW's did) for an underground hospital. The tunnels have now been turned into a journey through this period of history. Everyone gets given an identity card at the entrance, and you then have to find out what happened to your person. My card belonged to Suzanne Malherbe, who actually has her own Wikipedia page.
For the rest of the week we chilled, ate, spent time together, and explored.
|La Greve de Lecq|
|Free range chickens!|
Overall, it was a great week, and I'm glad I've experienced island life. It was good to get home though, and see my cat.