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Trip Report Channel Island Hoping

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Arrived in Guernsey via Gatwick from North America. I had allowed 2 hours at Gatwick to clear customs and make connection. As it turns out this was not enough and after 45 min in the custom line I had to request an exemption to the front, much to the disgust of fellow travelers. I arrived in Guernsey at 1 pm. I purchased a 2 day unlimited bus pass which turned out to be very useful. Good for 48 hours from the time of first ride and allowed me a lot of flexibility over the next few days. I arrived at my accommodations in St Peter Port at 2:30 pm. I had chosen to stay at the Forester Arms. The room is very clean and well set up with room to move around and a view of the harbour. It is not fancy but has all the amenities I needed, including a great shower, and is very reasonably priced. It was nice to have a pub downstairs for a relaxing night cap before tucking in. It is a quiet pub so noise was not an issue.

Guernsey - Day 1

Walked along the road up to Sausmarez Manor. This is one of the well publicized attractions in St Peter Port. They have mini put, train rides, tea room, souvenir shop and a garden. I was only interested in the garden but if I had been traveling with my family it would have been nice to have these other things to entertain them while I was in the garden. I found this to be a very unique and interesting garden and I wandered happily and took photos for 90 minutes. There are 40 different kinds of bamboo thriving in this small area, there is also a stream and large pond with ducks. When the breeze blows through the bamboos are better than any wind chime. Added to this the whole garden acts as a sculpture garden. There are over 300 first quality sculptures on display. A real artistic eye has been used to place these sculptures and as you spot them in each nook and cranny them seem to really belong. What else you see will depend on the time of year you visit but I saw camellias (they have 300), blue bells, campanula and spring bulbs...plus ducklings!

From Sausmarez Manor I made my way out to coast and walked the coast trail home. This allowed me to wander through miles of blue bell carpeted woods, see great views of the coast and visit the famous Blue Bell Wood. This walk felt great after all night on the plane and I was well ready for dinner. Ate at Le Petit Bistro. This is one of Guernsey’s top rated restaurants. The food was excellent and the wine list is extensive. Of course there is a price tag that goes along with this.

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