How I got a postcards from Guernsey
One day I received a big letter from Guernsey.
At first, I didn’t quite understand if I had read the country’s name correctly. Still, I immediately opened the envelope and wondered what was inside.
It turned out to be a charming and pleasant woman Denise from Guernsey.
Frankly, I first heard about such a country, so I spent a lot of time on the Internet to collect very interesting facts about this tiny country, which I will tell you below.
"A piece of France that broke away from her fell into the water and was picked up by the English," was how Victor Hugo, the greatest French writer, who lived there in exile for three years, wrote of Guernsey.
Denise spoiled me a lot as she put many gifts in my envelope, it was a fridge magnet and a lot of signed postcards with stamps from this country.
As I promised above, some very interesting facts that I heard from the video and that I read on the sites.
I think you will also be interested.
p.s. after I visit this country, I will definitely update this article and insert my personal opinion and photos ?
Where is Guernsey?
In the English Channel is an island called Guernsey. The island is part of the Channel Islands. Guernsey includes many small islands.
The coordinates of Guernsey are:
49°27′21″ north latitude
2°34′39″ west longitude
Short Facts about Guernsey
- St. Peter’s Port is the capital of Guernsey.
- English and French are the official languages on the island.
- The Guernsey pound is the official currency of the locals.
- May 9 is considered a public holiday in Guernsey.
- Among the Channel Islands, Guernsey is the second largest.
- Crop farming is developed on the islands.
- The island is mentioned in famous literary works.
- On the territory of Guernsey there are many castles.
- Tourists love the islands and visit them every year.
- The island has a rich history.
- The population of Guernsey is approx 65K in 25-27 square miles, divided into 10 parishes.
- January 1 – New Year
- Moving date in March-April – Good Friday
- Moving date in March-April – Clean Monday
- First Monday of May – Early May Bank Holiday
- May 9 – Liberation Day (1945)
- Last Monday of May after Easter – Spring Bank Holiday
- Last Monday of August – Summer Bank Holiday
- December 25 – Christmas
- December 26 (or next Monday) – Tribute Day 25
Climate and weather
Guernsey is characterized by a mild temperate climate. Winters are warm and summers are slightly cool but sunny.
The warmest period is from July to September. The average temperature during this period is +20 ºC.
July is the sunniest month. December and February are the months with the heaviest rainfall.
Temperatures in Guernsey rarely drop below freezing. February is usually the coolest month. Guernsey averages +6 ºC during this time.
Guernsey has an abundance of flora and fauna. It’s like stepping into another world!
Giant cliffs and intricate caves, rugged mountain passages, stunning bays, sandy beaches, and rugged coastlines. You can’t take your eyes away from this magnificence!
Lush vegetation and exotic species make this island a garden of peace and tranquility.
Blooming plants spoil tourists with their beauty and incredible scent all year round. Thanks to Guernsey’s island’s temperate climate, there are more than 448 species of plants, including more than 100 species of flowers, various trees, and shrubs.
Flowers are grown commercially on the island. Islanders are especially proud of the Guernsey lily flower, the embodiment of this unusual and picturesque island.
The animal world of the island is impressive. There live here grey seals, bottle nose dolphins, puffins in summer.
There are no deer, squirrels, badgers, foxes etc, just rabbits, mice, small birds, but have herons, marsh harriers, magpies.
There are no big lizards in Guernsey! There are no mountains or coral reefs here or exotic fish.
Beautiful coastline with cliffs for walking and sandy beaches, local have one of the highest tidal movements at 33 feet.
You can find Ormers in the sea, under rocks, a local delicacy – the interior of their shells are the mother of pearl, some people make jewellery out of these shells.
You can only harvest them on certain days of the year at very low tides, and they must be of a certain size. There would be BIG penalties if you tried to gather them at any other time. You are also not allowed to freeze them.
For a very long time, Guernsey was a British colony. To this day, the country is owned by the British crown, so it’s not surprising to see all the typical English features on the island: left-hand traffic, separate taps for hot and cold water, outlets with three holes.
But the main thing is that the island is inhabited by the very real English, characterized by the so-called “island mentality,” which makes them considered a little arrogant and overconfident.
The locals of Guernsey take great pride in the fact that the fertile land and sea supply them entirely with food. Fish, shrimp, lobsters, and other seafood are cooked to perfection by local chefs.
Very exquisitely delicious delicacy such as clams fried in oil, with a sauce of white wine.
Bean soup is extremely popular here. Its recipe, known for many years, has gradually migrated to the cuisines of other nations.
Homemade mulled wine is a great warming drink, and Guernsey brews its own special kind for beer lovers.
Guernsey Gache – traditional Guernsey fruit loaf is often served with Guernsey butter. The traditional Guernsey Gâche is more like a fruit bread than a cake. A traditional part of afternoon teas in the island, it is often served toasted with Guernsey butter spread on top.
Local residents make Roquette cider and more recently, Blue Bottle Gin.
Shopping in Guernsey is definitely better than in the UK or the European Union. If you’re planning to update your closet soon, it’s a great place to do so. The thing is, in addition to the well-known brands, there’s a huge number of small family-owned clothing stores in Guernsey, where you can find things that are handmade and, moreover, have no analogs.
In addition to clothing, the island has many stores selling household appliances, jewelry, cosmetics, and perfumes.
Apart from the usual stores, once a week, there’s the Fresh Friday Market or Friday Market in the Market Square, where traders from all over the island sell their wares at bargain prices.
Guernsey has two ways: by water transport by ferry from Great Britain or by air.
The flight from London Airport (Gatwick) takes about 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a train to Weymouth (about 3 hours) and then take a ferry to Guernsey (about 2 hours). It is also possible to get to Guernsey by high-speed catamarans from Weymouth and Poole. However, they do not run in bad weather.
The airport connects Guernsey with cities in Britain (primarily London) and France (Grenoble, Geneva, Zurich, etc.) and Germany, Ireland, and Scotland.
Public transport in Guernsey is represented by buses and cabs. To move around Guernsey you can also rent a bicycle or a car. And renting a car is possible right at the airport.
In Guernsey drive on the left – the top speed limit everywhere on the Island is 25mph or 35mph!
The cost of such services is from $ 25 a day.
Be careful: traffic in Guernsey is on the left-hand side!
Purchase of real estate in Guernsey is possible only with the consent of local authorities. It is given in exceptional cases: for the purchase of luxury apartments, as well as buying real estate for the purpose of doing business in Guernsey. Alas, while the purchase of houses and apartments is possible only for citizens of Great Britain and the EU.
Since 2009 there has been a steady increase in property prices. Now the average cost of a small villa in Guernsey is about $750,000. Interestingly, there are two real estate markets on the island: one for locals, the second – for foreigners.
Guernsey is a Crown Territory of Great Britain. This means that while having the broad rights of an autonomous region, the island is still highly dependent on the metropolis, especially on the visa issue.
In general, if you are going to visit it, get ready for a trip to a British visa center. For the most part, the Guernsey visa rules are the same as the rules for British visas.
I think you can find a lot of information on that separately on the internet.
Guernsey has the same customs rules as the UK.
It is forbidden to import animal and bird meat products, dairy products, and chocolate. The exception is made for products in factory packing intended for children’s food or special medical food if there is no need to refrigerate them before consumption.
Importing weapons, poisonous and explosive substances, materials of terrorist or pornographic content is prohibited.
You may bring no more than 200 pieces of cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco, 1 liter of spirits, or 2 liters of wine without duty.
It is prohibited to take out of the country goods of cultural and historical value.
Ensure all information at the visa application center or online from official sources! The information on my website is for informational purposes.
There are both well-known international rental brands and local ones. However, the level of the fleet does not affect the level of the car.
To rent a car, you need an international license in addition to the usual rights in the form of a plastic card. You also need a bank card with enough money for a deposit (an average of 350 to 500 GBP).
The minimum age of the driver – 21 years old, driving experience – at least 2 years. It is important to remember that traffic in Guernsey is left-handed and there are many narrow roads.
All passengers and the driver must wear seatbelts. Children under 12 years old must be in a child seat/booster suitable for the size and age of the child. Cell phone use while driving is prohibited.
Speed limits: up to 30 miles (48 km/h) in cities, 60 miles (96 km/h) on highways.
For information about parking, go to: https://www.gov.gg/parking
Transportation within the country
Guernsey has an excellent bus service. There are several routes around the island. See http://buses.gg/ for a map and timetable.
Bus stops are signposted, but you can also catch a bus on the road, especially between towns and villages.
Buses do not stop only on bridges and at busy intersections, or at places where dropping off and picking up passengers could cause an accident.
The main attractions of the island of Guernsey
Castle Cornet is located on the island of Guernsey on the English Channel.
The castle is not on the island but on a nearby small island, which connects to Guernsey at low tide. The castle is now connected to the Guernsey shore by a stone pier.
The castle was built here from 1206 to 1256, after the partition of the Duchy of Normandy, when the Channel Islands remained under the authority of the English kings. The fortress was a classic Norman castle with a citadel.
Castle Cornet was donated by the British Crown to the people of Guernsey in 1947. The castle houses the Maritime Museum and the museum of the castle’s history.
In summer there is a noon day gun which is fired!
The Little Chapel
The little chapel, built-in 1914, has the reputation of being the smallest chapel in history. Inspired by the French basilica at Lourdes, this miniature church is part of Blancheland College for Girls. It is known for its unusual facade, decorated with lots of stones, shells, and broken dishes.
Illustrating the island’s 1,000-year history, the skillfully and beautifully embroidered tapestry is a truly remarkable work of art. It consists of no fewer than ten colorful panels.
The tapestry is housed in the center of Dori and was created to mark the arrival of the new millennium.
Each of the ten panels depicts one century and illustrates notable events on the island from the 11th to the 20th century.
Le Dehus Dolmen
There are several truly ancient monuments in Guernsey which tell the story of those who inhabited the island thousands of years ago.
Le Dehus Dolmen is one of these monuments. Although it may appear at first glance to be an ordinary overgrown grass, researchers have discovered a series of burial chambers and passages here, dating back, it is believed, to 3500 B.C.
Guernsey cow breed
Guernsey cattle originated in one of the Channel Islands (Guernsey Island). The homeland of these animals is located off the coast of France, in the English Channel. Guernsey was first registered as a separate breed around 1700.
- Its predisposition to grazing, gentle disposition, ease of calving, and ability to efficiently produce milk from less feed than other breeds makes it an ideal candidate for intensive grazing;
- Light-colored mast cows increase heat tolerance and reduce heat stress, which increases the ability to maintain milk production levels anywhere;
- After many years of breeding, the animals of this breed have become very efficient milk producers with no inherited genetic defects.
The Benefits of Investing in Guernsey
To attract foreign capital, expertise, and talent to Guernsey, the government organization Locate Guernsey has developed immigration programs for wealthy individuals and entrepreneurs. They allow high net worth individuals to move to live and/or do business on the island, offering them tax and other incentives in exchange for their contributions to the local economy.
This country offers many opportunities and benefits to foreign investors and entrepreneurs.
- Advantageous taxation system
- Unique geographical and economic location
- Clear legislative system
- World-class professional and financial services
- Governmental support for business
- Skilled and experienced workforce
- High international credit rating
- Ideal place for innovation and business networking
- High quality of life and healthcare
- A safe and stable environment with the low crime rate
- The high quality education system
- High-quality choice in the residential real estate market
- Proximity and easy access to financial and business centers
Guernsey offers special tax treatment for high net worth individuals.
Some facts from Jill (local resident)
- Finance is the biggest now, previously Tourism and Agriculture.
- On the island don’t have as many dairy farms as we used to, and more recently, local import some milk from neighbouring Channel Island Jersey.
- In Guernsey export Tomatoes and flowers, mainly Freesias, to the UK.
- There are two types of housing licences: the local and open markets. Local is for people born here or who lived here for over 20 years. The open market is for newcomers and is much more expensive. Once you have lived in Open market accommodation, you may not go back to the local market.
Life here is mainly peaceful, with a low crime rate; crimes like murder are few and far between.
It’s a lovely safe place to live, but you do get the need to get off the rock now and again.
We can reach France and UK by sea and air.
We always have to travel via the UK for holidays, making it more expensive.
We can no longer get a ferry to Weymouth, and the train that used to meet that boat no longer runs.