On a Stop in Guernsey

After boarding in Southampton (and visiting the lunch buffet), we set sail to cross the English Channel. Coincidentally, the Titanic originally departed Southampton for a 12-night cruise. Little did we know how many times we would encounter the legendary ship in the days ahead. (Reported on this past post).

The next morning we awaken anchored in the water of St. Peter Port – the capital of Guernsey.

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The currency in Guernsey is the Pound Sterling – but – this was our first encounter with something we didn’t anticipate – and would encounter it several more times during the trip. Although Guernsey has a currency union with the UK, Guernsey issues their own currency. They take British pounds but return Guernsey pounds as change – which may or may not be accepted elsewhere in the UK.

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It’s a quaint town of about 18,000 people, but it was Sunday, so many of the stores were closed – therefore, a great day to walk the cobbled, narrow, sometimes steep streets of its old town.

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We couldn’t find poet Victor Hugo’s house, but we enjoyed the views in the search.

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Castle Cornet stands on the rocks guarding the harbor – a site that has housed protection since the early 1200s.

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Our journey would not have many sea days (a day without a port). But after 4 days in London, we welcomed a less-hectic day.  Next stop: Cobh, Ireland

Enjoy a final walk around St. Peter Port, Guernsey.

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On a Vacation Primer

For those wanting some background music for the post, here’s some music from the land.

On to the post.

The image shows are 12-days of cruising. Keep in mind that we had 4 days in London before cruising, plus 3 days in Reykjavik, Iceland after the cruise. Both of these stops were independent of the cruise and done on our own.

I was struck by the fact that each of the major cities in the British Isles were quite different from one another.

  • The most grand: London, England
  • The most captivating: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • The most walkable: Dublin, Ireland
  • The most unexpectedly different: Liverpool, England
  • The most gut wrenching: Belfast, Northern Ireland

… and we didn’t just visit cities on the trip:

  • The most scenic countryside: Northern Scotland
  • The most solemn: American military cemetery at Normandy (Omaha Beach)
  • The most quaint: St. Peter Port, Guernsey
  • The most geologic diverse: Iceland

We walked a lot – averaging about 13,500 steps per day with over 25,000 being the most. When walking, my eyes are busy. For those who remember, when in Florence, Italy – I say “Look up!” Whether walking or passing by in a touring bus, these business signs on the trip caught my eye. Other than the obvious, any thoughts on what they sell?