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The need to visit a potential new customer in St Helier, a looming birthday and having never visited the Channel Islands created the perfect storm for combining business and pleasure and enjoying a subsidised visit to Jersey!
Jules quickly pulled the trip together for me – the high cost of flights for such a short hop made the ferry option a “no brainer”, especially as there were two of us, and it was very handy to have my car for getting around.
A four and half ferry ride was quite frankly tedious … so I would definitely recommend booking an upgrade to the Horizon Lounge with more space, open views and warmth!
We stayed at the Radisson Blu on the waterfront in St Helier (very handy for the ferry!), which was a good location with a nice bar terrace and a great buffet breakfast. We managed to pack a lot into three full days, even with business to attend to.
A visit to the War Tunnels, which housed an exhibition on the Nazi occupation of Jersey, was very interesting and thought provoking, and being so close to France, we felt it was well worth braving another ferry experience to enjoy a day trip to the ancient walled city of St Malo in Brittany.
St Malo was interesting to see but a real tourist trap so after a walk around the ramparts, we walked to the other side of the ferry port to the pretty Anse des Sablons for a tranquil lunch.
St Helier is uninspiring but once you head out of town there are many picturesque bays to enjoy with huge stretches of beautiful and CLEAN sandy beaches – like Cornwall but without the crowds!
Footpaths are sparse, but there is clifftop walking of course and the island is criss-crossed with country lanes with views of the undulating fields upon fields of the famous Jersey Royals!
As with other European cities, St Helier is home to some lovely restaurants, the gourmet highlight being lunch at Longueville Manor (a member of the Relais and Chateaux group, and with a cheese board to die for), an experience I would recommend any foodie not to miss!
As a keen gardener, a potter around the kitchen garden after lunch and a chat with the head gardener rounded off a very memorable lunch. At the other end of the spectrum, a Jersey cream tea from The Hungry Man on the quayside of the very pretty Rozel Bay was another delight, not least because the owner was so charming and passionate about her homemade cakes!
A very pleasant trip that will hopefully be enhanced with some new business following that which triggered the need to visit in the first place 🙂
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