Friday, 6 January 2017

Delightful St. Peter Port, Guernsey

I have never heard of St. Peter Port until this cruise and only barely aware of Guernsey just from having read the book "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" years ago.  It turned out that this pretty harbourtown is the capital of Guernsey and had been around since Roman times.  We spent a few hours exploring it on foot - it was a great place to relax after the packed schedules in Amsterdam and Bruges.

After walking along the picturesque waterfront, we headed up the steep hill to Candie Gardens, an award-winning restored Victorian garden.  While it was small, it didn't disappoint and was certainly worth the climb.  From there we walked back into town and bumped into a poster promoting a Peter Kennard @Earth exhibit.  Having encountered this photographer's work before, we set out to look for the exhibit, thinking that it should be quite obvious since his work are usually huge installations.   This turned out to be a great way to explore the town as it led us up alleyways and you can see below some of the streets we wandered into, with hardly a soul around as the tourists were all down by the waterfront.  When we did find the exhibit, it was disappointingly small but then, we didn't come to St. Peter Point for Peter Kennard anyway.  St. Peter Port was charming!

St. Peter Port waterfront - obviously it's low tide
St. Peter Parish Church, dating back to the time of William the Conqueror in the 13th century, is right on the harbour

Tourist shuttle along the waterfront

Floral flag of Guernsey consisting of the red St. George's cross with the gold Norman cross within it.

Panorama from the top of Candie Gardens

Matching spikes!
Door to the "Secret Garden"?
The last rose of summer?

Lots of flowers around town

Poster that sent us on a wild goose chase up and down these streets, which was a good thing as the streets were charming!

Closer to town
Interesting roof of the town market

Cute shops
This one was a bit of a surprise

Low, low tide...
Colourful waterfront

St. Peter Port was delightful!

Next stop:  Concarneau, France

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