Guernsey Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Guernsey Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia


Just a 45-minute flight from Englandk and a 30-minute flight from France is Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands. Just 25 square miles in area, this pocket-sized British Crown dependency
is big on sunshine, serenity and history. Separated from the French coast of Normandy
8000 years ago by rising sea levels, Guernsey’s fortunes have been periodically
shaped by the crosswinds of trade, and the crossfire of war. For those who’ve called this island home, Guernsey has long been a safe harbour, a place of pride and inspiration. Guernsey’s capital, St. Peter Port, was a trading post long before the Romans
settled here around the year 200. Today, this harbour town is one of the prettiest
in Europe, where it seems every window reflects the English
Channel’s many moods. Standing guard over the harbour for over 800
years is Castle Cornet. Climb the ramparts for views back to the town, and out to the sister islands of Herm and
Sark. Hold you ears at the firing of the noonday gun, then explore the castle’s barracks which
house some of the island’s finest museums. Experience centuries of drama at the “Story
of Castle Cornet”. Set sail into the island’s seafaring past
at the Maritime Museum. Then explore the island’s rich military
heritage, which dates back to the formation of the Royal
Guernsey Militia in the 14th century. Continue your history lesson back in town, at the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery. Discover the island’s first peoples, its
folk laws and superstitions, and the artists whose creations were inspired
by the island’s incredible beauty. Just outside in Candie Gardens, stands a tribute to Victor Hugo, the giant of 19th century literature who fell
under Guernsey’s spell. Exiled from his native France, in 1856 Hugo took up residence at Hauteville House, which he personally decorated with bric-a-brac
collected from his endless island wanderings. Climb the stairs to the forth floor Crystal Room. Hugo spent his mornings here, penning his
epic Les Misérables, while pausing occasionally to look across
the bustling port to his beloved homeland. By afternoon the writer took long walks, past La Valette Bathing Pools, and along a coastline that a decade later would inspire the paintings of fellow countryman Renoir. Follow that same coastal path which now passes
overgrown coastal defences like Clarence Battery, to sheltered beaches like Petit Bot Bay. While Guernsey’s dramatic coastline often
steals the show, you’ll find plenty to inspire inland too. In the parish of Castel, relax amid the nature trails and floral displays
of Saumarez Park. In the parish of St Martin, wander the stately rooms of Sausmarez Manor. Then, explore the estate where the island’s legendary flowers sway amid the lyrical sculptures and the rhythmic beats of the
coppersmith’s hammer. But it’s not just the coast and interior
that captivates visitors. Guernsey’s underground offers plenty of
fascinating and sometimes sobering surprises too. During World War Two, the German occupiers constructed vast subterranean
complexes all over the island. Step into the damp netherworld of the German
Underground Hospital, a maze of tunnels hewn from solid rock by
hundreds of forced labourers. Just on the outskirts of St Peter Port, a former U-Boat fuel depot now houses the
La Vallette Underground Military Museum. Back in town, visit the German Naval Signals HQ, which sent out its very last signal on an
enigma code machine, two days after Germany’s official surrender. After the war, German equipment littered the island, and scavenging became a popular pastime. For one schoolboy, collecting became an obsession, which quickly outgrew his family’s cottage and necessitated the construction
of a purpose-built museum. Today the German Occupation Museum displays
an incredible array of wartime memorabilia, and pays tribute to the resourceful islanders
who endured the years of occupation. After spending a few hours wandering through
the shadows of war, stepping back into the island’s sea air
and sunshine is all more the sweeter. Which very much sums up the magic of Guernsey. For no matter where we’re from or what we’ve endured, Guernsey is one of those places which invites
us to stop, breathe, and appreciate nature’s gifts, and to reconnect with the quiet, enduring
spirit inside us all.

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    Expedia

    With the recent cinema release of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society, we thought it the perfect time to share our journey through this plucky little island. Enjoy!

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    Sammy Bachoco

    Please do Iloilo, Philippines. The last Spanish Royal City in Asia before Spain seceeded their reign. Please, this would be totally great for All Filipinos. I love all your videos anyway. Hope you'd do. Love you Expedia.

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    MONISH HR

    Hey expedia, can you do research of people of the places you make video also, I feel that would be interesting.

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    Sylvia Black

    I've been to Guernsey 4 times. Lovely island. Better than Jersey as one can visit Sark and Herm easily.

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    Kees Manuel

    Thanks Expedia, great video. Is there a ferry boat from France to the Island? Greetings from https://youtu.be/KksENXKZ6Vk

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    hw985a

    Got some pronunciation fixes because whoever read this used English pronunciation for some French derived words and vice versa, and tried to used French pronunciation on Guernesiais words.

    Cornet – Should be cor-nett not cor-nay
    Hauteville – hoat (like coat)- vill, not hawt-vill
    Petit Bot – Bow not Bot
    Castel – Kah-tell not Cass-tell
    Saumerez – Sum-ah-ray not so-ma-ree

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    AlDelVex

    Can you do Minneapolis St. Paul twin cities in Minnesota? We got plenty of fun things to do like mall of America Vikings stadium museums the state capitol valley fair etc. please do my home town!

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    cricketer amirul

    I like this many ago. i wil traveler hope on was my childhood. so love this channel.
    so i want make the video on bangladesh

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    provenelk

    Lmao some of these pronounciations. For some reason Castle Cornet is Castle Cor-nau but Petit Bot is literally Petit Bot. It's pronounced Petit Bow, and Castel is pronounced Catel. Lol

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    Bhagyaraj Raval

    hello dear i am really very glad if you come and visit my country India.we are also having so many historical places in rajeshthan , caves like Ajanta Elora, Beautiful places like kanchan jangha ,Shimla,kulumanali,kerela,Goa,unti,mahabalashwar & so more. i hope you may have to visit it once.and i am 100% sure you are really very happy and satisfied in India.

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    I. B. McGinty

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    Bbk rai

    I went to guernsey for Liberation day it was really good. People are very friendly and island is very beautiful. its easy to get to herms and sark island.

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    simbo0ne

    Some strange pronunciations and not much of the the many beaches and bays outside of the the main town area, but overall not a bad overview of our little island! Thanks.

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    Calum John Roberts

    This is going to be an unpopular opinion. But I can't stand this place. It's prentenous, and uninspiring. No-wonder they didn't make the Guernsey film in Guernsey. Though it wasn't always like this up until about 2005 this place was inspiring and beautiful, now it's a rundown dump, I really wished it wasn't but it is. Don't be fooled by this misleading video.

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    Calum John Roberts

    It's a 50 minute flight from Gatwick and even though some parts of it are very deprived and run down. There other parts which are simply beautiful and I enjoyed every second of my 3 day trip there. Definitely going to go again probably in Summer 2020.

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    Nigel Marvin

    I’ve been to Guernsey in 2016 on a cruise. Even though it was rainy and a little cold, I loved it and want to visit again.

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    Stu Revelle

    As a one-time uk based yachtie, I have sailed many times to Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney. I think Guernsey and Jersey have very different atmospheres from each other and both are equally delightful.
    Alderney, on the other hand is where I'd go to find peace and solitude to recharge the batteries.
    Nice video … btw, at 6.03 "… all the MORE sweeter"??

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