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Guest Post and Trip Giveaway: Why You Should Visit Guernsey

Hello everyone,

I'm thrilled to feature Anne Allen, a British award winning author, on my blog today. She has just recently released a new book in her series, based around the island of Guernsey.

She is currently in the middle of doing a book tour and will be giving away a trip to Guernsey as a part of it. The trip contest runs until July 2, 2018. Check the link at the bottom of the page for the contest entry and don't forget to share it with friends.

Without further delay, here is a special guest post by Anne. Be sure to check out her book series!

I absolutely adore the island of Guernsey and I spent fourteen wonderful years living there and wrote my book series, The Guernsey Novels as a homage to the place I dearly love.

If you have not visited Guernsey yet, I urge you to do so. It is a truly beautiful island with friendly locals and a wide range of fun activities and delicious restaurants. The island has a fascinating history and there are lots of fabulous museums and art galleries.

What to do in Guernsey

Guernsey is a paradise for those who love the outdoors and/or water sports, there are lots of activities including:

  • Surfing

  • Boating of all kinds

  • Fishing

  • Swimming

  • Walking – particularly along the cliffs

  • Birdwatching

  • Cycling – bike hire available

  • Beach-hopping

  • Visit Oatlands – lots of indoor activities

Where to eat in Guernsey

Food and drink is the cornerstone of the social life in Guernsey. People eat out a lot and there’s a wonderful choice of cafes, bars, bistros, and restaurants to choose from including the following:

Five interesting facts about Guernsey

1. Victor Hugo took refuge in Guernsey in 1856 when he fell foul of the French government and stayed 15 years. He adored the island and was inspired to write a number of books while living at Hauteville House in St Peter Port. His most well-known is 'Les Miserables' and another novel, 'Toilers of The Sea', was written in homage to the island and the local fishermen.

2. Guernsey and the other islands belonged to the Duke of Normandy back in the 10th century and has retained a strong French influence ever since, the local language being French until the late 19th century. Hence the attraction for Monsieur Hugo!

3. During the English Civil War, the island government supported Cromwell instead of the Crown. The Governor, appointed by the King, became holed up in Castle Cornet, a fortress built on a causeway, for 8 years and bombarded St Peter Port with thousands of cannon balls.

4. Guernsey and the other Channel Islands were the only part of Britain to be invaded by the Germans during WWII, leaving a huge impact on islanders to this day. Many stories abound concerning what did or didn't happen during those years and writers have a rich source of material on which to base their books.

5. Sir Compton Mckenzie, author of numerous works including 'Whisky Galore' which was made into a film, became tenant of Herm, a small island a boat ride away from Guernsey and coming under its jurisdiction. McKenzie was fascinated by islands and wrote 'Fairy Gold', his romantic, light-hearted homage to Herm and its smaller sister, Jethou.