We are here but should we have come? The immortal words of Travel Man’s Richard Ayeode keep swinging through my mind as the hours tick by in St Peter Port. Just a hop and a small flight from my local airport in Southampton and here I am despite living fifty plus years so close to the Channel Islands.
Half an hour and £12 lighter the taxi man dropped us at the top of Constitution Steps. He who likes to think he is obeyed and I The Grey Traveller with our back packs yes you read right – back packs (and earlier I mentioned my decade……) well it was only a two day trip and it was cheaper to just take carry on…….. I digress we scrambled down a few of the steep steps to the grand opening in the wall to Ziggurat a Morroccan themed boutique hotel and our charming home for 48 hours.
Back packs dumped we climbed down the rest of the steps and found ourselves in the market square and the hilly cobbled streets of St Peter Port. A nice mix of independent shops and a handful of chain stores make for pleasant shopping. So refreshing to learn that not all stores open on Sundays.
Our first full day started with rain and mist but once clear enough we walked to Fermain Bay via the cliff path…. Word of warning steep in places and slippy due to mud and fallen wet leaves. The walk was punctuated with several stops such as the views over the Victorain bathing pools, some of which are being renovated and we were surprised nay shocked that someone was actually swimming despite being November!
We stopped off at the Clarence battery which seemed somewhat exposed for a look out point but cannon and remains of buildings are still there. We also visited La Valette an underground museum which houses memorabilia from both world wars. Whilst he who likes to think he is obeyed studied most of the cabinets I found myself reading A Child’s War an account of a family who chose to stay behind during the second war seen through a child’s eyes. I managed a few pages but will be putting this on my Chritsmas list as I was hooked in those first few pages….thank you Molly Bihet.
As the mists cleared we could see over to Herm and beyond, things were looking up.
So as Richard Ayeode asks ‘ We are here but should we have come?’, yes if only for the early Sunday morning walk round the old quarter, the views from Ziggurat and the food in Dix Neuf.