St.Peter Port and Guernsey
If you have ever read the novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Schaffer and Annie Barrows, you will be intrigued by both this delightful book and by the thought of visiting its setting, Guernsey. Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands lying off the coast of France in the Bay of St. Malo but remarkably British, and British for a very long time, ever since it became part of the Duchy of Normandy and later governed by William the Conqueror. Yes, that William of 1066 Battle of Hastings fame, so it’s been loyal to Britain for a very long time. Needless to say history abounds in this place.
Due to its much warmer climate, the island receives many visitors from Britain each year and tourism has been one of the traditional mainstays of the economy (besides dairy, horticulture and fishing) since the 1800’s. If you are lucky enough to catch one of those ocean cruises that pride themselves on non run-of-the-mill itineraries, you might find yourself in St. Peter Port, the capital, on a Mediterranean or a transitioning cruise. Carry the British pound to spend in the quaint boutiques lining the cobble stone streets but try not to collect too much Guernsey currency in return as it will only be accepted on the island. Guernsey also sports its own postage (be sure to send a post card or two!), and its own parliament as, although it is loyal to the British Crown, it is independent of Britain.