"Exactly What It Says On The Label!" Saint Peter Port by johngayton

Saint Peter Port Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 82 photos

The Independent Bailiwick

Saint Peter was one of the Biblical twelve apostles of Christ. Recruited from being a fisherman to become "a fisher of men" he is the patron saint of, amongst others, fishermen, net weavers and shipwrights and so is an appropriate figure for the Channel Island of Guernsey's main town and harbour to be named after.

Despite being closer to France than to England the Channel Islands are administratively what is termed "British Crown Dependencies" which means that whilst loosely allianced with the UK they are not actually part of, nor governed by, Britain.

The States (or Bailiwick as it is often referred to because it is governed by a Bailiff) of Guernsey comprise the main island and the islands of Sark, Alderney and Herm. Guernsey is self-governing and prints it own currency and stamps. It is not part of the EU but does conform to the European Community customs regulations and seems to be able to cherry pick the bits of EU legislation that are advantageous to its islands.

Port St Peter Itself

Guernsey has a unique culture and and its bustling capital of St Peter Port blends the best of both British and French lifestyles and whilst English is the main language the local dialect is a pleasant patois where French and English terms are freely mixed according to the emphasis required.

Thus you have things like the very English-style pub, pictured, which is called "The Thomas de la Rue" whilst just down the road, past Boots the Chemist and Burtons Menswear, is the Boulangerie Victor Hugo with its colouful display of glazed tartines and pains des campagnes.

And Other Aspects Of Dual Culture!

For a small town St Peter Port seems quite wealthy but because of low taxation is not an expensive place to visit. Very little is cheap, cheap but rather quality things are affordable - a good restaurant meal will cost half what you would expect to pay on either of the mainlands whilst chic apparell is effectively tax-free.

This latter makes my second favourite pastime a positive pleasure!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Continental Culture Without The Language Hassles
  • Cons:Too Far Away For A Simple Day Trip
  • In a nutshell:Definitely One Of The More Civilized Bits Of The UK!
  • Last visit to Saint Peter Port: Jun 2010
  • Intro Updated Jun 29, 2010
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  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    I enjoyed reading your tips, especially digressions :-)) I visited Guernsey long before VT and digital cameras but remember the place quite well.

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Yep, was back in Santorini. Great page here. I am sending my Mum here next week. All the best!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    John, fabulous new page with outstanding photos. I especially like your practical transportation tips. Guernsey is still on my must-visit list.

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2010 at 7:16 AM

    Excellent page with good tips! Looks like a nice place for a visit - when my body is no longer performing to the high standards required for long haul!! LOL!! Gillybob greetings

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Your writing just gets more interesting all the time.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    looks like a bloody nice place. i will go there when that girl is finished talking on the phone :P)

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