My sister and I have birthdays four days apart so decided to celebrate with a three day spa break in Jersey. With a population just short of 100,000, and measuring 5 miles long by 9 miles wide, Jersey is the largest of the channel islands. It sits in the Bay of St Malo 19 miles off the French coast and 85 off the English coast. Praise God for valet parking where I just drove to departures and had someone meet me to take the car. Faffing about with parking and then making your way to the terminal at 6am is not the one! Departed Gatwick at 7am and landed in Jersey 45 minutes later. Straight out of the airport and onto the number 15 bus which runs to St Helier. I boarded the bus and asked the driver if he could tell us when we got to Grand Jersey Hotel. Here’s how the conversation went:
Driver: The Grand Jersey, that’s a very posh hotel indeed. You must be a millionaire.
Me: Billionaire mate, get it right.
Driver: Well, I know if I had millions to spend I wouldn’t come to Jersey.
Just as well he’s not head of marketing for Jersey Tourist Board… But he wasn’t the only one, our tour guide a few days later asked what job I did that I could afford to stay at The Grand. Choosing not to read too much into the statement directed at a young(ish) black woman I just said it was cheaper than staying at some of the spa’s in London and left it at that.
Sitting upstairs on the bus from the airport to St Helier gave a panoramic view of the island on the forty minute drive. From quaint little houses and narrow roads to large sprawling properties which I couldn’t decide if they were guest houses, small hotels or large homes. I later came to learn that some were apartments but many indeed owned by the millionaires of Jersey - which has more millionaires per square mile than anywhere in the world other than Monaco. This also helped explain all the expensive sports cars I saw flying around the island being driven by 60 plus year old drivers.
|St helier fish market giant lobster - shame I couldn't eat him!|
The restaurant I’d been hoping to eat at that night was closed. Apparently the weekend can stretch to Mondays in Jersey so Tuesday is more like a Monday when everything is quiet. There was a lovely Thai restaurant a few doors down which again was very quiet so quick service.
|King prawn starter @ Bellagio|
|St Helier ind|
|Haven't seen this guy in a while!|
|What's on Jersey Art Cent|
|Helping Hand monument Jersey|
|Helping hand monument inscription Jersey|
|La Corbiere lighthouse|
|Jersey yellow phone box|