It was pretty obvious that this was going to be a low-key touring day. We figured any day in St Peter Port would likely be slow, but more so for us this day with our visit being on a Sunday.
When we arrived at the pier there was a fair amount of people at a market with merchants selling food and craft items at something they called Seafront Sundays. We perused the stalls but see anything we’d want to get…well, it was a bit too close to breakfast otherwise cupcakes with Cadbury Flakes sticking out of them (to make them look like 99 Flake ice cream cones) might have been purchased :-)
With map in hand we set off for our day of exploring St Peter Port. We chose to walk along the Cliffs Path - well, part of it at least. The whole path is about 46km long, so we didn’t really have the time to walk the whole thing. If we had the time, well…maybe not. The path meandered usually close to the shore and provided some picturesque views along the way.
We made a stop at Clarence Battery which is part of the last remnants of what was once Fort George. According to the information displayed at the coastal defence cannon battery, some of what we saw had been modified by German forces during their occupation of Guernsey during World War II. The complete Fort George in its day was Guernsey’s primary fortification during the French Revolution & Napoleonic Wars. The fort was built between 1780 and 1812 but not much of it remains today - with the land being sold in the 1960s and much of what was the fort then turned into a housing development.
We walked along the Cliffs Path until we figured it was about time to start making our way back the way we came. We wanted to make sure we had sufficient time to visit Cornet Castle back near the harbour area. A castle sits on a tidal island and the original castle fortifications date back as far as 1206. It as remodelled into more of what we see today in the 1500s. Cornet Castle turned out to be a wonderful and very interesting place to visit. The museum aspect of the castle was first class with a nice presentation of the castle history from Normans to World Ward II occupation. The staff on hand was also very attentive and interesting. It was for sure the highlight of our day in St Peter Port.
Our plan was to finish the day in St Peter Port with a walk through some of the city centre. We did get a bit lost trying to find the “High Street”, but all that really meant is that we saw a bit more of the city. The down side to visiting Guernsey on a Sunday is that most of the shops were closed. There were some very touristy shops open for the day, but they weren’t worth going in from our perspective.
At some point in the afternoon it started to rain, and by that point we had pretty much figured we’d seen about as much of St Peter Port as we wanted so we made our way back to the harbour area. Stalls were still lining the road, but with different food and craft things on display form what we had seen earlier in the day. We took a toll past them and made our way to the location we’d pick up a tender back to Azamara Journey. With the change in weather the sea was now quite a bit more active. Our tender boat moved around a lot with the sea swells on the trip back to the ship. The motion made disembarkation from the tender a bit tricky. We’d experienced this situation once before in Portofino Italy - that time was worse, so we did have some clue as to how to manage getting off the rocking tender.
We had missed lunch while in St Peter Port, so once onboard Azamara Journey the first thing on our agenda was Mosaic Cafe for some cappuccinos and what they called “Tasty Bites” - a combination of small sandwiches and small dessert treats that were perfect for a light respite. Before dinner we went to the Discoveries Lounge for a glass of champagne adjacent to tonight’s dinner venue of Discoveries. We had thought to catch the show at the Cabaret Lounge this evening so we timed dinner to be there for the 9:30pm start. It was a broadway music themed show that was quite enjoyable with some talented singers and dancers. We returned to our room after the show to relax a bit. With Azamara Journey heading to France for the next port of call of Rouen we needed to remember that the clocks moved forward one hour this evening.
All in all it had been a bit of a slow, sleepy Sunday…a somewhat relaxed day of touring. Pleasant indeed.
WHITEonline is the digital home of Gary & Linda White. We’ve been married since 1980 and live just outside Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Linda was born and raised in Toronto while Gary was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of 11. We enjoy travelling and taking photos while we travel. WHITEonline provides the opportunity to share some of our photos & experiences.