A coastal trip
05.08.2015 - 05.08.2015 26 °C
Was feeling a little better, though still lots of coughing happening. We decided to do the coastal tour as only one full day to tour. We were also going to find jersey cows so maybe not all coastal. We enjoyed the drive and our first stop was to Mont Orgueil Castle. This was at an attractive little waterside village and marina. This Castle was more about fortification and armies than Kings and Queens. This Castle for over 600 years protected Jersey against French invasion. The castle was first mentioned in 1212. Mont Orgueil was superseded by Elizabeth Castle off Saint Helier in the 16th century. Walter Raleigh rejected a plan to demolish the castle. For awhile it was used as a prison. The Germans used some of the rooms during occupation during World War 2. The castle is now managed by the heritage trust. There was lots of interesting things to see here uncluding some unexpected modern sculptures and art. We always have to check out everything which involves endless steps. A lady dressed in old clothing was playing an ancient musical instrument. Geoff had decided that he wanted to go to Mad Mary's for lunch. Geoff happy to be back driving on the left hand side of the road again. It was crazy but when we first picked up the car it felt strange to be driving on the left after a month of driving on the other side of the road. Also had to get uses to using gears. Lots of narrow roads to negotiate all over Jersey, houses and solid fences right on the edge of the road. Hire companies check for every little scratch, so far so good. Mad Mary's was in Bourley Bay. It was hard to find a park. In the end sat and waited till someone returned to their car. This turned out to be a little kiosk and Mad Mary was on duty, very busy it was, right beside the seaside, we sat under umbrellas and ate toasted sandwiches. We headed off. Lots of fortifications all around the coast. We went a little inland and spied some very well conditioned jersey cows so stopped to photograph them. Later we stopped at Plemont Bay that all the tourist buses stop at. Lots of people swimming here, eating or buying. There was a museum here and a historic pub. We spied the big snow freeze everyone was eating. They call them jersey cream. They tasted as good as they looked. I would go back to Jersey just to eat another one! Geoff then wanted to find Jersey Pearl, this only ended up being a hotel, restaurant and large shop that sold jersey pearls. We then headed onwards and discovered the Corbiere light house so walked over to this to take photos. It would be good to be here when the seas are stormy. Quite amazing rock formations here. Off we headed then came across the fisherman's chapel, church and grave yads. We stopped and spent time here looking around. Took photos quite a nice setting right on a Bay. We then headed back to our hotel. Had dinner in the hotel. Meal was not startling. They need to give this area a bit more personality. This hotel interesting, the sort of place some of the tourists just spend the day sunbathing by the outside pool. There was in inside heated pool as well. The dining areas had no real atmosphere. The best place was the bar area a bit more atmosphere here. The waiters didn't have a lot of personality. The girl manning the towels at the pool very friendly and the receptionits were very efficient. The tourists were friendly always saying hello. The only place you could get WiFi was in the dining areas, reception or the bar area. One night I was going to catch up with my blog in the bar impossible as people kept talking to us. Enjoyed our stay in Jersey even though I was coping with a sinus infection.