The Jersey Way

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…

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The View from The Shard

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.

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Road Cycling Championships 2013

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.

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From Goa to Mumbai

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…

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Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

It was a gorgeous Friday afternoon when we set off for our road trip to Bristol, for the 34th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, which is apparently Europe’s largest annual Hot Air Balloon event. With almost 250,000 visitors on Saturday alone it most definitely felt like it!

With a night stopover just outside Bath, having left it late booking a B&B it turned out to be almost impossible to get any decent accommodation within 20 miles of Bristol! Just as well though as we came across this gem of a cottage in beautiful countryside – many thanks to lovely Angela and Chris for their warm hospitality even though it was such a brief stay.

Very early on Saturday morning, when most people are turning over in their beds and dreaming of the impossible, we set off for Bristol aiming to get there by 6am for our hot air balloon flight. Unfortunately this didn’t happen for us or the hundred or so people who were booked for sightseeing flights due to high winds up at 2000ft, even though on the ground it was very calm and windless with a clear sky. It turns out that hot air ballooning is a very complex operation, with the weather, mostly winds, being the main factor. The exhibitor’s flights still went ahead though as planned. Despite a little disappointment it turned out to be a great day that was finished off with the famous ‘Night Glow’ where around 20 or so balloons were glowing in time to music – quite spectacular, followed by fireworks!



















































Balloons getting ready for ‘Night Glow’








A short video from the day…

With a great and needless to say long day behind us we set off for a 3 hour night drive back to Brighton – getting home and crashing out in bed never felt this good, even though it was almost sunrise :-)!


Isle of Wight and back in 90 minutes

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, with a gorgeous blue sky and no clouds on the horizon, we took a trip to the Isle of Wight – by plane. This day will imprint itself upon the history of 2012 as being the point when summer finally hit, although it didn’t last very long, after all this is England! From above, with people chilling out in the sun, enjoying bike rides, burgers and bikinis, the world looks relaxed and worry free. As the sun kept shining and the wind kept blowing, with my mate Dan at the controls, we headed west to the Isle of Wight, admiring the beauty from above.

If you are interested in pleasure flights or flying lessons please get in touch.











Me at work, trying not to get sucked out of the plane…












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The Needles, Isle of Wight – needs to be seen from above to appreciate its beauty.






































This is where it ends, well it wasn’t our choice but with fuel running low, we thought we’d better land. With a great day behind us and happy memories, off we went to the pub for refuelling!



Hawaii & San Francisco – October 2011