The Bailiwick of Guernsey

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St. Peter Port.

The first port of call was Guernsey and its capital, St. Peter Port. The harbour is too shallow to accommodate large cruise ships, so Caribbean Princess anchored offshore. The ship launched its own boats to seve as tenders to convey passengers ashore. 

I was looking forward to making a visit to the Channel Islands. There are not many opportuniites to visit here during a European trip. Upon arriving at the ferry terminal, greeters in local dress welcomed us. Guernsey's dependence upon the sea was evident as there are three large marinas at the harbour. Slips accommodate local and visiting craft. Ferrys operate to England, France and to the other Channel Islands, including the mysterious Sark. St. Peter Port is very tidy with the focus of the entry a statue of Prince Albert and the 15th century Town Church.

St. Peter Port.
There was even a large palm tree in the central roundabout, shades of a Caribbean island!  An open-air market was in progress along the waterfront Esplanade, "Seafront Sunday with Taste Guernsey". Time was at a premium so we did not visit it. Instead, our objective was to walk over to Castle Cornet (see review). 

Castle Cornet dates to the 14th entury. It overlooks and was built to defend the harbour. The fortress was active through World War II when German occupation forces used it. Here we would learn about the history of Guernsey and the often friction between the town and forces occupying the castle.

Carribbean Princess was due to sail at 2:30 p.m. Only too soon, it was time to retun to the ferry terminal and reboard the tender.

Toonsarah says:
Looks like you had lovely weather for your brief visit here
Posted on: Nov 11, 2017
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St. Peter Port.
St. Peter Port.
St. Peter Port.
St. Peter Port.
St. Peter Port.
St. Peter Port.
Ferry Terminal.
Ferry Terminal.
Esplanade Roundabout.
Esplanade Roundabout.
Statue of Prince Albert.
Statue of Prince Albert.
Town Church (1466).
Town Church (1466).
Esplanade.
Esplanade.
Traditional Guernsey attire.
Traditional Guernsey attire.
Queen Elizabeth II Marina. St. Pet…
Queen Elizabeth II Marina. St. Pe…
Bus Shelter.
Bus Shelter.
Albert Marina. St. Peter Port.
Albert Marina. St. Peter Port.
Ferry to Sark.
Ferry to Sark.
Castle Breakwater.
Castle Breakwater.
Castle Breakwater lighthouse (1868…
Castle Breakwater lighthouse (186…
Havelet Bay.
Havelet Bay.
North Beach.
North Beach.
Caribbean Princess at Guernsey.
Caribbean Princess at Guernsey.
Bréhon Tower (1857).
Bréhon Tower (1857).
Saint Peter Port Sights & Attractions review
A Historic Castle Overlooking the Harbour
Castle Cornet has been guarding the approach to Saint Peter Port harbour since the 13th century. The fortification was intended to protect against Fre… read entire review