Jersey Wonder

by Anita Bowerman June 26, 2022 0 Comments

Jersey Wonder

Where can you go in the world that feels like you are abroad but in fact you are still in England?  Jersey is a place I have never been to and always wondered….. I have just spent 5 amazing days on this tiny island just 9 miles wide by 4 miles high and it really didn’t disappoint.

In fact it feels like you are in France but you have none of the bureaucracy to get there.  No passport required! The old buildings are stunning built in the French style of architecture with French names on roads and buildings, there are lots of wide sandy deserted beaches adorned with palm trees and the sea is turquoise in the sun. An artist’s paradise, inspiration around all corners. 

We stayed in St Aubin a very pretty seaside town with stunning Georgian buildings and great restaurants. Panaroma Guest House is a hidden gem overlooking the bay with the most delicious breakfasts. We also stayed at Longueville Manor, a beautiful countryside hotel. The locals are really friendly and we joined in a local Jubilee street party on High Street in St Aubin.

Hiring a car is the best way to get about but there is a very good Island bus.  We explored. I loved the countryside filled with adorable Jersey Cows with long eye lashes!  Perfect to paint.  

I had watched recent series of The Durrells on television and was keen to visit the conservation zoo which Gerald set up on the island - Jersey Zoo.  Here we saw Gorillas, Orangutangs, lemurs, meerkats, reptiles, amphibians and birds. These are all endangered species for which the zoo has a breeding programme. You can tell the animals are really happy and well looked after in carefully constructed areas specific to each species.  Richard Attenborough and the Princess Royal have visited and opened buildings here. My favourites were the Gorillas and Howler Monkeys.


There was a Classic car rally and we seem to come across a selection of classic Minis all around the island.

It is very quiet in terms of tourism as the Jersey Government is not encouraging tourism they prefer financial services and the wealthy. In a way though it is not so busy and an unspoilt gem.

It’s beautiful place don’t delay!


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