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A Very Classy Place
Member Name: TravellerJen
Advantages: Very Eye Pleasing
Disadvantages: Attitudes at the airport
Jersey is one of the Channel Islands, situated in the English Channel, in very close proximity to France. Even though the island is only 9x5 miles, it is the largest of the all the channel islands and its coast is an amazing 48 miles long.
Jersey is a very 'cute' little place, despite it being the largest of the Channel Islands. There is a hint of french culture, this will have alot to do with its close proximity to France. Jersey is very much upper class and those wanting to take a break there, beware it is not cheap. I think this is due to the island wanting to attract the wealthy and not wanting 'just anyone' to help with the economy. There are alot of fish restaurants about, as of course alot of fishing is done in Jersey (dont forget the 48 miles of coastline). People are very polite in Jersey especially when it comes to driving. I noticed alot of people would 'give way' to you, whereas in England - not so much! This was very nice actually and of course this meant that you would have to return the favours and let people out too.
Jersey is definately located in a prime location. Situated south of England and in very close proximity of France. It gets the best of both worlds really and is sunnier than England all year round, due to it being closer to the Equator. It is easy to get to and there are a large number of flights in and out of the airport each day.
Getting to Jersey
The cost of getting to and from Jersey is not so bad, as there are many low cost airlines, such as EasyJet, Flybe and BMI Baby that operate flights almost daily. You can get to and from Guernsey (Jersey's biggest competitor) using Aurigny or even the Condor Ferry, which both take a short time and is not too expensive.
There are a vast range of accommodation is Jersey, ranging from 2 star hotels to the very luxury 6 star hotels. There are also a huge choice to choose from when it comes to self catering apartments also. All of the hotels, whether it 2 star or 6 star all offer something to remember your trip by.
Things To Do
There are a number of activities to take part in whilst in Jersey. It is such a beautiful place, so why not go for a walk. Jersey has many walks in which you can do, whether it be self-guided or a charity walk. There are even what they call 'green lanes' where you can take in Jersey's natural beauty, its architechual history and its traditions. The green lanes exist is all but two areas (Trinity & St. Saviour) of Jersey and can be identified by a 'Green Lane' road sign.
There are a number of attractions you can visit when in Jersey, including the Channel Island Military Museum, Elizabeth Castle, Jersey Goldsmiths, Jersey War Tunnels, La Mare Wine Estate and many more!
Going out to restaurants and bars is very popular in Jersey and the food is of very high quality.
Even though I was only in Jersey for one night and I was on business I thoroughly enjoyed Jersey, apart from the racial (I am chinese) interrogation I seemed to get at BOTH ends of the airport.
When I got off my quick (50 minute) EasyJet flight I had no bags to collect so went straight through security. I was stopped by two officers who asked what i was doing in Jersey, how long I was there for, who I had meetings with etc. I answered all questions and thought it was just a routine check. As I looked behind to see if anyone else had been questioned - nope!
On the way from Jersey back to Liverpool Airport, I was stopped and asked if I had any liquids. I said no and he asked to check my bag. As he was checking 2 ladies walk through and I asked them whether they were going to check them. He replied no and said he knew they didnt have any liquids! Whats more is that after I had been check I was allowed to go through and I was behind the two ladies who then pulled out their bottle of perfume (liquid) and also a small lip gloss (liquic again)! I was appauled to say the least, but thought Im not going to make a fuss, I do want to get back on that plane!
Like I said above, I had a good time in Jersey and drove around the beautiful island and could have done so all night long. The one way system in the city is abit confusing especially if you dont really know where your going. The weather could not have been better though. I went end of June 09 and I was even sweating at one point! I had my evening dinner at St. Aubins in a small restaurant called the Bon Viveur Restaurant overlooking the sea and decided as I was in Jersey, I would have the Jersey Plaice. It was a very meal and the atmosphere was great.
After dinner I went for a drive around the very cute and charming island. The sun was shining and Glastonbury was playing on radio 1. I ended up taking some pictures at Le Hocq Tower, which I still have on my phone! After being charmed by the island I decided to retreat back to the Monterey Hotel, which was nicely furnished and had excellent facilities. Indoor and outdoor swimming pool and gym was a few to name.
Overall a good place but could have done without the hassle at the airport.
Summary: A nice place to visit