Thursday 21st July 2011
Fortunately the weather was much better today for our daytrip from Guernsey to Sark. We hired a couple of bikes there and did a pretty thorough job of exploring the island.
The view from our hotel room this morning - much improved weather!
We headed down to the harbour after breakfast to get the boat to Sark - slightly disconcertingly a boat to Sark was leaving just as we got there - apparently they put on an extra one as it was so popular today.
The boat that would be taking us to Sark.
Here follows countless pictures taken on the boat between Guernsey and Sark - I went a bit overboard (if you'll pardon the pun).
These are the kind of views of St. Peter Port we should have been greeted with when we arrived from Jersey yesterday!
First wr passed Herm...
...and that's Brecqhou, just off the coast of Sark, owned by the Barclay Brothers.
Coming round into Sark's harbour now.
The NatWest bank on Sark. There was also an HSBC. Two banks for a population of about 600 - fantastic.
We picked up some bikes from Avenue Cycle Hire and headed away from the centre of the island - these tracks made for delightfully leisurely cycling.
Here's the famous "La Coupée" which links Sark and Little Sark. It's rather dramatic.
Lovely views to be had whilst crossing over La Coupée.
On Little Sark now.
The Silver Mine.
We decided to follow the windy cliff path down to "Rouge Terrier" not knowing what would be there.
At the bottom a sort of little bay.
....with some rusty old railings.
...very rusty! Still, despite the slight confusion over what this had to do with a small red dog, it was a very pleasant spot to sit for a while.
Back to the top, and a quick investigation of the silver mine.
A bit mysterious - we heard some kind of splashing / crashing noises coming from inside the mine while we were there.
There was also a sign post to "Venus Pool" - was this it...?
I think these are air vents for the silver mine.
Chie's camera, set up to do a self timer shot.
Last view from Little Sark, before heading back to what the people living on Little Sark probably call "the mainland".
Back on the main part of Sark, a quick stop off at Caragh Chocolates and tearoom for some cake. We didn't really have lunch today - this was pretty much it. Nice cake though. Also bought some chocolates here.
Now on th Western edge of the island, looking across to Brecqhou.
Yachts in Havre Gosselin.
On the rocks near Havre Gosselin.
Looking across to Brecqhou.
Zoomed in on a cross on Brecqhou.
Back up the top again now.
Now towards the North of the Island, looking back down the West side of the coast to Brecqhou.
There's Brecqhou again. Whenever there's a smaller (habitated) island than the one you're on it's always somehow more intriguing.
Exploring the headland at the North of the island now - the tracks stop a way before the end and you have to proceed on foot - it's somewhat wilder than the rest of the island.
This actually looked like a path down to that bay there - a bit too steep for us to give it a try.
Brecqhou interestingly framed here.
A cannon, rather oddly. Must have been a lot of effort to bring that here!
We're now round on the Eastern coast, where we thought we'd wander over to see the Lighthouse...
....but alas you can't actually get near it currently.
I was then excited to find a sign pointing to the "Mermaid Tavern" - a pub on the island. So I couldn't resist stopping off here for a drink. This seems to be the locals pub, I don't think it's really intended for tourists, so we made our stay a brief one.
All week I loved it whenever we got hold of any Guernsey or Jersey money.
The entrance to the Mermaid Tavern.
The sign for the Mermaid Tavern.
Outside Sark Post Office - a blue Guernsey post box.
Inside Sark Post Office.
Inside the Bel Air - another pub on the island which was more on the tourist trail. I rather liked the decor here.
Outside the Bel Air Inn.
Walking back down to the harbour now, in time for the 6pm boat back to Guernsey.
Some tunnels near the harbour.
Pictures around the harbour...
Waiting for the boat...
Here it is.
On the boat back to Guernsey now.
There was the Lighthouse we couldn't get to from the land earlier.
Still fascinated by Brecqhou!
Zoom in on the castle on Brecqhou.
Passing by Herm again on the way back.
Chie asleep on the boat.
Back on Guernsey now, and here's the view from the balcony (I should say one of the balconies) of our new room at the Old Government House Hotel.
Me taking a picture from one balcony of Chie taking a picture of me from the other balcony.
Some pictures of our suite... the bedroom side...
....and the living room side.
With a bit of zoom some nice views of Castle Cornet to be had.
The weather stayed nice all day, making an evening stroll through the streets of St. Peter Port much more pleasant than it had been the day before.
I rather like this picture of me on Le Pollet in St. Peter Port.
Dinner at Christie's.
My main course.
Chie's main course (she actually ordered two starters).
Some unsuccessful attempts to take night shots of Cornet Castle - I couldn't be bothered to adjust the settings properly.
So many different places to choose to sit!