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Member Name: clairemarks
Date: 17/11/08, updated on 18/11/08 (281 review reads)
Advantages: Everything about the place
Disadvantages: So expensive to get there
I have been to Jersey recently but found it to be very expensive. It is very easy to get to Jersey. You can get there via ferry or plane. It is such a lovely place and whoever goes will not be disappointed. Jersey has so much to offer and had such wonderful surroundings. The beaches are great and tourist attractions are well worth a visit. I usually stay in the capital of Jersey which is called St Helier. At the present moment Jersey frequently tops the sunshine record for Britain.
Jersey has changed a lot through the years due to renovation and them closing different attritions. I found this very disappointing as there were lots of places that I really wanted to visit again but I found them not to be there and there just being waste ground. A lot of hotels have closed. I think it is mainly due to the actual cost of holidays in Jersey. The nicest hotels that are open at the moment are most properly the following :-
* Club hotel du France
* l'horizon and
* The Grand
I have visited all three of these and found them to be of exceptional standard and the staff are always very friendly and welcoming.
I will begin now to tell you about some of the attractions still open to the pubic and are well worth a visit ......
* JERSEY WAR TUNNELS- This was originally called the underground hospital. This place is amazing. The whole thing is underground in a huge tunnel that was originally made by the Germans as a hospital. The place is like a museum that holds a lot of Jersey history . Jersey holds lots of relics from the German occupation during the second world war and is the only part of the channel isles to be occupied by the Germans. This hospital is very interesting and shows the Germans cared for their soldiers during the war. The place has different types of equipment and uniforms. The statues and models are very lifelike and every bit tells us the story of the second world war. Jersey also has a lot of different bunkers on the island which you can visit which I also find very interesting.
* THE JERSEY ZOO- This zoo is totally different from any zoo I have visited. This zoo was founded by the author Gerald Durrell on 26th march 1959. The zoo is situated in 31 acres of landscaped parkland and water-gardens. The whole zoo is there to care for endangered animals and help prevent animals becoming extinct by setting up breeding programmes etc.
The zoo is unlike other zoos as it lets animals hunt for their own food as they hide different items which encourage animals to hunt for their food. I really like how the monkeys are wild around the zoo and left to swing freely in the trees over head. There are over 50 nest-boxes positioned around the grounds, which are used by a variety of birds including barn owls, kestrels, swallows and martins. Other animals which are commonly seen within the grounds are the red squirrel, bank vole, and the short-toed tree creeper, which is not found in the UK. A big story that happened at the zoo was on 31st August 1986. A small boy of 5 fell into the gorilla enclosure and the leader of the tribe named Jambo actually comforted the boy by stroking his hair and stopped other gorillas from attacking until help arrived. The boy was unharmed and remained safe with the gorilla. Unfortunately Jambo died on September 16, 1992.
* THE LIVING LEGEND- This is properly my favourite place to visit. The living legend is the home of a show entitled "the Jersey experience" This is breath taking. You are led across a draw bridge to watch a show in a large cinema that tells you all about the history of Jersey. The show is full of holograms and special affects. At one point you actually feel the rain on yourself and the wind blowing through your hair. The whole show is fantastic and leaves you feeling very surprised and highly educated on the history of Jersey. On the grounds there are also 2 crazy golf courses each with 18 holes. The courses has lakes, mini mountains etc all on the course These are great and the perfect way to end a very interesting day.
Jersey also has varius places to shop like the Jersey Pearl and Jersey gold. These places are wonderful and full of treasures to buy and look at in my case as they are very expensive.
Some placed that I miss that are no longer at Jersey are :-
* The Butterfly gardens- this place was lovely a huge place full of wonderful butterflies flying around. I found this place very magical as a child and will miss it dearly.
* Micro world- This was the home of the smallest violin. This place wasn't very big but it was totally amazing. There were loads of microscopes to look through showing all different tiny things, including a nest of eggs that was made on top of a single strand of hair or the whole of the lords prayer written on one grain of rice. I think Micro world was bought out and moved elsewhere.
Jersey has many coach tours and these places I have mentioned would be included on many of them. If you would like to spend more time at one place the buses are very good and they run quite frequently.
The Jersey beaches are wonderful, here is a list of some of my favourites:-
* GREVE DE LECQ- This as to be the best beach I have ever visited regards to having the best rock pools. The rock pools are huge and as a child I would quite happily spend hours with m net searching for crabs and small fish. The beach is lovely and the walk to the beach is nice.
* PLEMONT- This is my personal favourite. This beach has huge caves for you to explore. I couldn't believe that it actually had a waterfall on the beach. This was just wonderful. The view is just amazing. The only downside is the amount of steps you have to walk down to get to this beach. You also have to be careful and check the tide times as you could quite easily get stranded.
* ST OUENS- This is Jersey's surfing beach. This is a big sport in Jersey and a popular beach for the local residents.
* ST BRELADES BAY- This beach is lovely and full of golden sands and nice views.
Jersey is also famous for Gorey Harbour this place is really nice it has an imposing castle called Gorey castle that stands right over it. I think the castle is lovely though and well worth a visit at night when it is all lit up. Another castle that you can also visit is Elizabeth castle.
It is worth visiting Jersey in August too as on the 2nd Thursday of August every year they hold a wonderful festival called "The battle of the flowers" this includes an amazing display of floats which are full of fresh flowers. Its like nothing you have ever witnessed and will leave audiences speechless. The Battle of flowers ends with a huge firework display and is well worth watching.
When I was younger I remember travelling to Guernsey on a small plane called "Joey" This plane was very small and yellow. Im not sure if this plane is still in use but I loved it as a child. I can remember the air hostess giving me "Joey the plane" books where Joey saves the day in every book and has lots of exiting adventures. Im sure I have these books somewhere.
Jersey has a lovely market full of fresh food like fish and vegetables. The town is also great. There are various shops to visit. I think Jersey have some wonderful perfume shops. Jersey also has a nice park called "The Howard Davis Park" this place is huge and full of fresh flowers and lovely surroundings.
I would love to live in Jersey but the living expenses are ridiculous. No one would be able to afford a house there unless the won the lottery I think. So for now I will just carry one visiting and enjoying the lovely experiences and memories Jersey had already given me and the ones that I haven't yet uncounted.
Summary: A wonderful and breath taking place to visit
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