I’ve recently come across a very short and factual description of Jersey:
“(…) an island measuring 118.2 square kilometres, including reclaimed land and intertidal zone. It lies in the English Channel, approximately 12 nautical miles from (…) France and approximately 87 nautical miles south of Great Britain. It is the largest and southernmost of the Channel Islands (…)”
All true… I suppose, but you see, it’s not really the way Jersey should be described.
Although encyclopedias and travel guides are certainly valuable sources of information, they hardly ever depict the beauty and uniqueness of places.
Therefore, Dear Reader, before deciding where you will spend your next holiday, let me tell you a little about Jersey, let me paint a picture for you, let me portray a real face of Jersey. Because Jersey isn’t just 118 square kilometres of land, it’s much more than that. It’s many square miles of unspoilt countryside, fields, woods, green lanes, cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches, green hills offering stunning views, reservoirs where the ducks and other birds splash about in clear water unaware of people passing by, rocky coves and the sound of the capricious waves of the ocean. Jersey’s charm will seduce you irrespective of the time of the year or the weather: in winter with the merry lights embellishing the town of St.Helier and the sound of music announcing the oncoming Christmas, in spring with meadows covered in daffodils, in summer with the golden sunshine brightening the beaches and in autumn with the carpets of heath and multicoloured leaves adorning the crowns of the trees. It will mesmerize you with its calm and abundance of its natural beauty.
I came here once for holidays … and I never left.
That was over five years ago, but I never got bored with this place. In fact I keep discovering it and I would like to share my experience with you. So if you want to find out about our lovely island, look out for my next post – it will be all about winter colours in Jersey…