Last weekend I met up with an old friend for a very long overdue catch up. We have been friends for many years, but due to various reasons, our lives had drifted apart somewhat over the last year.
We used to have a tradition a while back, called Tourist Monday’s. This is pretty self explanatory really, but every Monday, J would pick me and we would go exploring parts of Jersey I had never seen before and look at things with fresh eyes, just like tourists in our own homes!
J has lived here all his life, so knew plenty of great places to show me. So we decided, what better way to catch up than with a revival of our touristy tradition! Our tourist day began with a visit to La Pouquelaye de Faldouet in the parish of St Martin.
This Dolmen is a neolithic monument, dating back to 4000 – 3250BC and is one of only two Jersey monuments aligned with the solar equinox. The capstone on the top apparently weighs an astonishing 24 tonnes! We explored the site with great interest and of course, took an opportunity to play King and Queen of the world!
The next stop on our Jersey tour, was the beautiful Victoria Tower, which was one of the last Martello Towers to be built in Jersey in 1837. Martello towers were built as defensive structures against invasion all around the island, a total of 8 true Martello towers were erected in Jersey, but one of these was destroyed during World War II.
The views from up here are simply stunning, we sat and stared out to sea for a while and enjoyed the peacefulness of the area. The positioning of the tower high up on the hill in St Martin, gives an absolutely breath taking view over my favourite historical site in Jersey, Mont Orgueil. This intriguing castle is a must visit if you’re in Jersey, commissioned in 1204, it is a maze of tunnels, countless rooms with hidden secrets and lots of places for playing hide and seek. You can discover something new every time you visit!
Unfortunately Victoria Tower isn’t open to the public to have a look inside, but we knocked on the door just to be sure no one was home anyway!
When we were positive that no one was waiting to invite us inside for tea, we decided to take a little stroll around the area to see what else was around, and what a great idea that turned out to be! We found our very own grown up playground!
I haven’t been on a tree swing in sooo many years! It makes you feel so young at heart again, we spent quite a while just swinging away in the sunshine and drinking in the enticing Jersey views. I could quite happily have stayed here for hours, and I fully intend to visit this hidden gem a lot more over the summer!
For our final tourist spot of the day, we decided to take a little stroll in the valley on the way back home, just to take in the last remnants of the spring sunshine. Clambering down the hill, we peered into the pond and made friends with some of the local wildlife!
It was so great to catch up with J, especially whilst enjoying some of Jersey’s best bits on such a gorgeous spring day! I certainly won’t be leaving it as long to catch up with J in future, and I’m sure we’ll have many more touristy days out to share with you again soon!