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  • Taking to the sea
    time Our short break had started when we boarded the Condor ferry from Poole Car stowed safely below decks we were able to relax in our seats and just over three hours later our super fast ship pulled into St Peter Port The island is diamond shaped roughly 24 miles long by 12 miles wide and has a magnificent coastline crystal clear waters friendly people and during the summer a glorious climate We were staying in Waves a three storey apartment hotel barely 100 yards from Vazon beach on the island s north east coast In our case it was better than a home from home all en suite the biggest beds we d ever slept in a modern kitchen and magnificent sea views An added bonus was that within walking distance we had the superb Vistas Beach Cafe excellent for a reasonably priced evening meal out or just for popping in and relaxing with a coffee or ice cream and our girls loved their variety bucket of deep fried fish For a small island Guernsey has a lot of history and I m not just talking about the Second World War and the German occupation Apparently 10 000 years ago Guernsey was connected to the French mainland and to find out a little more we booked local historian Gill Girard to give us a short guided tour From neolithic burial chambers to why islanders nearly starved despite being surrounded by plenty of seafood during the occupation it was because the coast was heavily mined by the Germans and the islanders were unable to go fishing there was little that Gill couldn t tell us We even put Gill to the taste test Where best to eat out without spending a fortune Her choice was the Perelle Bay Hotel Well

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  • Channel Island jaunt possible
    place prior to the Olympic Games make access to Weymouth a lot easier but why didn t they build a dual carriageway rather than a sungle carriageway road The trip to Guernsey takes around 150 minutes and I had about four hours there Guernsey is very attractive and the beaches are uncongested and quite spectacular particularly those in the north of the island A day trip is a good way to get a taste of a place and I m sure that once you have been you will want to return With no VAT you will find some of the prices very favourable although you need to remember that it is an island and so most things have to be imported Jewellery and perfume can be very good buys Although there has been a drop in the number of tourists recently and some attractions have closed down it is still a wonderful island to explore Guernsey is around 25 square miles and it is quite easy to get around but if it is your first visit you will be surprised by the very narrow roads There is a low speed limit and drivers seem to be very courteous The island

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  • Mothers Day Top Ten
    of his work a chance to experience how he lived and see where he wrote some of his most famous books and poems 2 Guernsey Bluebell Woods A little known fact is that there is plenty of natural beauty to enjoy just a short walk south away from St Peter Port During springtime visit Bluebell Woods where you ll be rewarded with a carpet of blue flowers beneath the budding tree canopy A wonderful place to walk at any time of year with the footpaths leading onto the cliff paths 3 Guernsey The Farmhouse Hotel and Restaurant Treat mum to a Guernsey Afternoon Tea at the Farmhouse where food is at the heart of this award winning restaurant Farmhouse Afternoon Tea includes scones pastries finger sandwiches strawberries and fresh Guernsey cream tea coffee and a glass of chilled Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne 4 Guernsey The Old Quarter For the best hidden boutique shops head over to the Old Quarter where there a treasure trove of shops selling antiques paintings vintage clothing and quirky coffee shops to be uncovered Perfect place to find an exciting Mothers Day Gift 5 Guernsey Fermain Bay Accessible on foot picturesque pebbled Fermain Bay is a lovely swimming beach Take a dip in the spring sun and enjoy quality food at the beach café 6 Jersey Catherine Best Visit the award winning jewellery designers shop and showroom housed in a beautiful windmill the perfect setting for her stunning and exclusive jewellery 7 Jersey Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust If you are looking for something extra special this Mother s day why not visit world famous Durrell Wildlife and become a member for the day Sign up for a hand s on behind the scenes experience 8 Jersey Corbière Lighthouse Popular with visitors and locals alike La Corbière

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  • Top 10 hidden gems
    their cameras but very few have ventured inside Guided visits of the lighthouse are available to get a gull s eye view from the lantern room The Albion Pub Guernsey This Pub is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the closest pub to a church in the British Isles due to the proximity of a gargoyle on the North East wing of the Town church Nigel Mansell Collection Jersey Formula One fans can now get up close to the Mansell Collection You ll find Nigel Mansell s personal collection of cars trophies and as he s a local resident maybe even in the man himself The Ormer The Channel Islands culinary treat You ll probably not find these on the menu at Island restaurant as they are very rare to come by Local fishermen lucky enough to find them often cook them up as a family feast Why not search for yours Jersey Ice Cream Jersey s range of dairy products is made from pure Jersey Milk from Jersey Cows the world famous breed which is why a delicious creamy ice cream is a must Traditional Guernsey Gâuche One of Guernsey s ultimate delicacies is Guernsey Gâche Why not enjoy with a cup of tea at one of the islands cafes Or make your own with Guernsey s easy traditional recipe Old Quarter Guernsey Head over to the Old Quarter for the best hidden boutiques where you ll uncover a treasure trove of shops selling antiques paintings vintage clothing and quirky coffee shops Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust Ever fancied yourself as a keeper Well now you sign up for a hands on behind the scenes experience and become a keeper for the day at the world famous Durrell Wildlife Conservation trust Victoria Tower Guernsey Collect the key

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  • Riva Bistro
    food from fresh local fish and moules to steaks burgers and fish and chips It s also the perfect place to stop for just a coffee or snack with plenty of tasty sandwiches and baguettes to whet your appetite Good food designed to satisfy all your desires is what we offer at Riva says Alan of his wide ranging menus Fresh fish from our waters is always available and features sea bass skate and many others Fancy a steak and you will be served the best cuts supplied by the world s finest producers Vegetarians are catered for with several dishes including a delicious wild mushroom risotto We support local producers and feature vegetables fish shellfish and cheeses sourced in Guernsey It s worth booking a table in their Upper Deck Restaurant which offers an A La Carte menu and features a great vantage point to take in the views of St Peter Port s bustling harbour Make it an evening reservation for a very romantic feel as the lights of Castle Cornet dance across the water Established since 2002 Riva Bistro and its staff have enjoyed a consistently good reputation for great quality food served in a friendly and

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  • A Bird Watchers Paradise
    needs for nesting or just resting The island s mild winters and wide tidal ranges ideally suit large numbers of migrating birds seeking escape from the big freeze back home By the time they think it is warm enough to fl y off again various other species arrive for the summer Guernsey s coast changes dramatically with the tides When the sea recedes expanses of mud and sand are revealed along with rocky outcrops and shingle banks It becomes a rich feeding ground for waders along with gulls and wildfowl Formations of grey and ringed plovers curlew dunlin and turnstones can be seen on the west coast beaches while the Gannet Rocks near Alderney are home to the world s most southerly gannet colonies The diversity of species when you journey inland is no less surprising You may however have to be more alert than when by the sea if you want to spot less common species such as the short toed treecreeper Cetti s warbler and serin which can be found in woodlands shrub land and reed beds Nearly 70 species of birds now breed on the island attracted by Guernsey s diverse nesting habitats Marsh harriers have bred on the island for the fi rst time this year and can often be seen at Claire Mare while peregrines can be seen all year round sitting on rocky outcrops and islets just off shore RSPB Wildlife Explorer Chris Mourant says I was born and bred on the island and like many people here grew up with an appreciation of the great variety of birds we have here Bird populations are diminishing all over the world but on Guernsey their numbers remain pretty stable and migrating birds return to us year on year Bird watching essentials The comings and goings

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  • Guernsey in Pictures
    travelled the globe as a photojournalist Today his studio specialises in commercial and advertising photography for some of the world s biggest businesses and advertising agencies A passion for landscapes Karl s limited edition prints of Guernsey seascapes sell all over the world In 2009 his island images were shortlisted for the Hasselblad Masters Award one of the most prestigious international awards for photographic excellence Karl s three day workshops start with the basics of apertures and shutter speeds and move on to more advanced techniques such as landscape and macro photography He also offers one to one photography master classes on request Karl says Guernsey offers photographers the unique opportunity of being able to capture dramatic coastal sunrises ans sunsets in the same day There are few places in the world where you can drive such short distance from the west coast to the east coast and benefit from dramatic views and perfect light conditions whilst getting a clear shot of the sun over the sea The variety of coastal landscape on Guernsey is something I never tire of there s always something new to photograph Tel 01481 729644 www karltaylorphotography co uk Masterclasses with Nick Despres Multi award winning Nick Despres is an internationally renowned photographer who made his name with his Guernsey seascapes Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society Nick was honoured to serve on one of the society s distinction panels for eight consecutive years He has also enjoyed a category win in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and has been the Photographic Society of America Photojournalist of the Year Nick teaches photography at the Guernsey College of Further Education and offers one to one masterclasses covering everything from getting the most from your camera to on location work Nick says Guernsey is

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  • Buying a home on Guernsey
    1960s the island established a housing control system as a form of population control Housing stock was divided into two markets Open Market and Local Market Owners at that time with properties of a certain rateable value or above had the opportunity to register their homes on the Open Market and the register closed at 1700 properties Even today no new properties can be added to the register unless they are built on the site of an existing one Because of their limited supply these properties can be as much as 50 percent more than Local Market homes and range from around 500 000 to many millions of pounds It is rare for more than 100 island homes to ever be available on the Open Market making demand for these exclusive properties ongoing year on year The Open Market is always strong says Matthew Henry of Swoffers Estate Agent We are seeing a five per cent rise in prices this year alone Overseas buyers purchasing in Guernsey are a mix of people looking to relocate to the island and those buying a holiday home There s no restriction on becoming a resident as long as you buy or rent a home in Guernsey and are on the island for 91 days or more a year St Peter Port the capital of Guernsey is a bustling town with excellent shops restaurants and leisure facilities plus a marina and ferry terminal Here a two bedroom apartment on the outskirts recently sold for 750 000 while a smartly renovated four bedroom house with garden was recently on the market for 1 6 million The island s second town St Sampsons has a large shopping centre and marina and is near a golf course and beaches Here a Victorian five bedroom detached house with

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