Saint Peter Port on Guernsey

16 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Unukorno/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Unukorno/cc-by-sa-3.0

Saint Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey as well as the main port with a population of about 19,000. In Guernésiais and in French, historically the official language of Guernsey, the name of the town and its surrounding parish is St Pierre Port. The “port” distinguishes this parish from Saint Pierre Du Bois. As well as being a parish, St. Peter Port is a small town consisting mostly of steep narrow streets and steps on the overlooking slopes.   read more…

Theme Week Channel Islands – Jersey

11 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Mont Orgueil Castle © Man vyi

Mont Orgueil Castle © Man vyi

The Bailiwick of Jersey is located off the coast of Normandy, France. As well as the island of Jersey itself, the bailiwick includes two groups of small islands that are no longer permanently inhabited, the Minquiers and Écréhous, and the Pierres de Lecq and other rocks and reefs. Together with the Bailiwick of Guernsey, it forms the grouping known as the Channel Islands. Like the Isle of Man, Jersey is a separate possession of the Crown and is not part of the United Kingdom. Jersey has an international identity different from that of the UK, although it belongs to the Common Travel Area. The United Kingdom is constitutionally responsible for the defence of Jersey. Jersey is not a part of the European Union but has a special relationship with it, being treated as part of the European Community for the purposes of free trade in goods.   read more…

Theme Week Channel Islands – Herm

25 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Ferry approaching the Rosaire Landing © geograph.org.uk

Ferry approaching the Rosaire Landing © geograph.org.uk

Herm is the smallest of the Channel Islands that is open to the public and is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Cars are banned from the small island just like its Channel Island neighbour, Sark. Unlike Sark, bicycles are also banned. However, Herm does allow quad bikes and tractors for the locals.   read more…

The Channel Island of Brecqhou

2 July 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Aerial view © Diegourdiales

Aerial view © Diegourdiales

Brecqhou is one of the Channel Islands and part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It is located just west of Sark and has a surface area of approximately 200 acres (0.81 km2). Sark claims it as a tenement, and the Ministry of Justice, the department of the United Kingdom government with responsibility for the Channel Islands, considers Brecqhou part of Sark – but this is disputed by Brecqhou’s current tenants.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Theme Weeks In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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Theme Week Channel Islands – Guernsey

10 June 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

QE2 Marina - St. Peter Port © Steve Neville

QE2 Marina – St. Peter Port © Steve Neville

The Bailiwick, as a governing entity, embraces not only all 10 parishes on the Island of Guernsey, but also the islands of Herm, Jethou, Burhou, and Lihou and their islet possessions. The Bailiwick of Guernsey also administers some aspects of two nearby crown dependencies (Alderney and Sark), and the island of Brecqhou.   read more…

Theme Week Channel Islands – Sark

8 June 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Phillip Capper

© Phillip Capper

Sark is a small island in the Channel Islands in southwestern English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. It is a Royal Fief, geographically located in the Channel Islands in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, with its own set of laws based on Norman law and its own parliament. It has a population of about 600. Sark’s economy depends primarily on tourism. Sark has an area of 2.10 square miles (5.44 km2).   read more…

Theme Week Channel Islands – Alderney

7 June 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Fort Clonque © Andree Stephan

Fort Clonque © Andree Stephan

Alderney is the most northerly of the Channel Islands. It is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a British Crown dependency. It is 3 miles (4.8 km) long and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide. The area is 3 square miles (7.8 km2), making it the third largest island of the Channel Islands, and the second largest in the Bailiwick. It is around 10 miles (16 km) to the west of La Hague in the Cotentin Peninsula, Normandy, in France, 20 miles (32 km) to the north-east of Guernsey and 60 miles (97 km) from the south coast of England. It is the closest of the Channel Islands to France as well as being the closest to England. It is separated from Cap de la Hague by the dangerous Race of Alderney (Le Raz).   read more…

Theme Week British Channel Islands

6 June 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Lé Châté ès Barclays - Sark © Tswgb

Lé Châté ès Barclays – Sark © Tswgb

The Channel Islands are an archipelago of British Crown Dependencies in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. They include two separate bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Bailiwick of Jersey, neither of which is part of the United Kingdom; rather they are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy. They have a total population of about 158,000 and their respective capitals, St. Peter Port and St. Helier, have populations of 16,488 and 28,310. The total area of the islands is 194 km².   read more…

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