Life can be fairly relaxed if you have a powder blue convertible Fiat 500, bright sunshine with blue sky and good company when exploring the beautiful island of Jersey. Our trip included a stop at St. Ouen’s Bay (where we had the most delicious food and view of the endless beach at El Tico restaurant) Rozel Bay, Devil’s Hole on the North coast and Corbiere to the far South. We were lucky to be staying in St. Aubin’s Harbour with its beautiful views and numerous pubs and restaurants.
Although the island seems bigger – Jersey is small, just 9 miles from end to end and 5 miles wide. We took a wrong turn from the North of the Island and found ourselves back in St. Helier before we knew it. I couldn’t blame my girlfriend’s map-reading as sign posts are few and far between in Jersey and it is easy to take a wrong turn and find yourself on a farm track chatting to a bemused local.
A short flight from the UK (just 100 miles) and only 14 miles from France, Jersey is a mixture of French and English influences so there really is no excuse for a visit…
The Shard, the iconic 87-storey skyscraper standing approximately 306 meters (1,004 ft) high is currently the tallest building in the European Union and the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom. It first opened to the public on 1st February 2013, forming part of the London Bridge Quarter development.
Twilight at the Shard proved to be a magical experience as the sky changed from light blue grey and then orange with the twinkling lights of London – North, East, South and West against the famous landmarks, both ancient and contemporary – of St Paul’s Cathedral, The London Eye, The Houses of Parliament and The Gherkin.
By pure coincidence as it goes, I happened to be in the right place at the right time to be part of one of the toughest sports in the world – road cycling! The Slovakia and Czech National Road Cycling Championships 2013 is an annual four day event consisting of time trials and finishes with a 198km road race round beautifully picturesque towns and villages in Slovakia. The race was won by the one and only Peter Sagan a pro-cyclist, a member of the Liquigas Cannondale Team and a true champion in the making.
When skies are grey and snow flurries causing chaos on the ground, there is nothing better than escaping away somewhere nice and hot to feel the sun against your skin and the lovely sea air wrap around you like a warm hug. We recently spent a couple of weeks in India, starting off on the sandy beaches of Goa and finishing off in Mumbai with a four day wedding in between, which was truly an interesting experience. India – spiritual and probably the world’s most multidimensional and diverse country which has a lot to offer but you will need more time to fully experience it…