Today I am doing to a picture blog What that means is instead of my usual routine of writing a blog and then selecting a few photos to go with it, I’ll show you some photos of Jersey and then tell you about this small but perfectly formed island in the English Channel, the largest of the Channel Islands.
Situated to the north of Brittany and west of Normandy, Jersey has an area of only 116 square kilometres, yet with 70 kilometres of coastline, and an exclusive fishing zone of over 22 kilometres. About 30% of the population of the island is concentrated in Saint Heilier, its small Capital.
Jersey boasts a wonderful climate, with cool summers and mild winters, attracting tourists all year around, a perfect location for people who enjoy outdoor activities, trekking and walking, thanks to its rocky headlands, rising gradually to rugged cliffs, small valleys and sand dunes.
Due to Jersey’s strategic location between the traditionally warring nations of France and England, its recorded history has gone back over a thousand years. In the 17th Century, The King of Great Britain, Charles II gave George Carteret, the governor of Jersey a large grant of land in the then American colonies, which was how New Jersey of the United States came to be named.
During the WWII, Jersey was occupied by Germany. Despite the fact that the British government had demilitarised the island for the safety of the residents, Nazi Germany still bombed, killed and wounded many civilians. Today there are remains of the German fortifications dotted around the coast.
Since the 19th century Jersey has become an attractive tourist destination and one of the most prosperous islands in Europe. Jersey’s traditional way of life involved agriculture, milling, fishing, shipbuilding and producing woollen goods. Its unspoiled terrain and array of flora and fauna is ideal for cyclists and lovers of photography.
Personally I have enjoyed my Jersey experience, walking along its rocky headlands, paying homage to history, posing in front of the magnificent castles and against the picturesque landscape, and not to mention feasting its local speciality gourmet seafood.
I would go back to Jersey in a heartbeat, and I surely hope that after you’ve read my picture blog, and watched the video I made following our little visit a few years ago, you would want to pop over for a visit too.
Enjoy the virtual tour by clicking Beautiful Jersey to go to YouTube, or the link below. The music is from one of my favourite bands, Coldplay.
Jersey – A beautiful island between England & France