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Jersey at Easter

116Wednesday 5 April

Only home at 10pm last night from my witness duties in court in London and we are off again, this time on the afternoon fast ferry to Liverpool.

Big traffic jam to get out of Liverpool as there is a Premiership mach tonight but eventually get through tunnel and off to Shrewsbury for our overnight.

Thursday 6 April

No problems on route to Portsmouth via Flic’s in Reading after helping her move some books from their garage.

Friday 7 April

A bit of retail therapy at a few nearby shops and dinner tonight at Pizza Express in Petersfield, a place I don’t think I had been to before although might have had a visit when, as a Scout, we camped at nearby South Harting.

Saturday 8 April

 

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Portsmouth’s spinnaker

Foggy as we arrive at Portsmouth Harbour for our long crossing to Jersey for a long wait before we board – not a busy ferry despite it being the week before Easter but we are soon on our way past the Spinnaker and some interesting sights and ships as the fog clears quickly.

 

A very smooth crossing and again, probably another first, leaving Portsmouth in the morning.

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HMS Warrior 1860

 

Lots of reading time on the crossing to Guernsey and the town of St Peter Port is looking good in the sunshine on our stop for about an hour before we head off for Jersey.

Sunday 9 April

 

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Passing the time waiting for a bike ride

A bright and hot start which goes down hill rapidly with fog rolling in whilst we stand around and watch Harry in a taster cycle race at Les Quenevais.

 

Monday 10 to Thursday 13 April

Harry in Sports bugs at Le Rocquier School in the morning, so dropping him off at 8:30 and picking him up again at 12:00 each day.

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Peaceful Greve de Lecq

 

A Monday visit to Social Security to talk about Jersey pensions, Tuesday morning breakfast at Colleen’s in Greve de Lecq and all afternoons spent entertaining him with Lego Builder – his toy of the moment – and a build your own rocket.

Friday 14 April

Good Friday, so Sarah and Ali are off all day.

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What a view from Pizza Express

Evening meal at Pizza Express in St Brelade’s Bay – possibly one of the best located Pizza Express restaurants around but very noisy as lots of groups are taking advantage of the Bank holiday.

 

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 April

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Daisy chain construction

 

Some time to reacquaint ourselves with some of the delights of Jersey such as a walk around the Reservoir at  Queen’s Valley picking daisies for a daisy chain and on Sunday evening a lovely meal with Laura & Jim at the Sommerville Hotel – plans hatched for holidays this year to Florida and next year to Alaska.

Monday 17 April

Easter Monday and whilst Elizabeth Castle was free to get in yesterday it would have been mobbed so we go today especially as the tides are right for the DUCK to go on the water which is on his “to do” list.

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Visitors up for a parade

 

The interaction with the public inside the castle is wonderful including marching soldiers and rifle firing – the latter not being one of Harry’s favourite things though.

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Castle bound transport

 

Now been to the castle more times than the 12 years we lived in Jersey – still fascinating though and Harry does like the freedom to run around.

However, a storm appears to be on the way meaning yachts are scurrying into the harbour for shelter.

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Storm clouds approaching

 

Tuesday 18 April

Harry off school as it is an inservice day at his school – go off to buy some plant pots that match the ones at home, a sit on the beach at Gorey and a catch up with Sue Thorne at Holme Grown.

Sarah & Ali are interested in moving house so we are off to St Brelade’s for a viewing of a house that needs a lot of work doing to it. All dependent upon schools, mortgages, planning (bounderies) and a few other issues though, so nothing definite.

Wednesday 19 April

Take Harry (who is a bit reluctant) to school and off to Ransom’s for breakfast, pack up the car – leaving their present house for the last time as it pans out – and down to town to meet with Sarah and Ali for lunch at Costa before queuing for well over an hour before we get on the delayed Condor Ferries boat back to Poole which leaves an hour late.

A bit of a jigsaw as two boats arrive at the same time, one from Guernsey and Poole and the other from St Malo.

Cars from Guernsey and Poole going to St Malo have to switch ferries as do the cars from St Malo heading for Guernsey and Poole.

 

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Not long to go, Flic.

All this takes place in a very confined port area – it is amazing they all get to their correct destinations.

 

Thursday 20 April

After a night near Poole, we head back to Reading to check up on Flic followed by a very long (time wise) drive to Liverpool to head home.

So much traffic and a journey that normally takes about 3.5 hours took 5.5 hours and we only just made the ferry before they pulled up the ramp.

We are back to look after Flic very soon though.

Amber Cove – Dominican Republic

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Our 2nd “new” country on this trip – the Dominican Republic – and we dock at Amber Cove on the north coast not all that far from the border with Haiti.

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Amber Cove

The cruise area is a new purpose built area with a courtyard of shops, a small duty free area and a swimming area with a zip wire and cabanas.

We have opted for a tour of the nearby town of Puerto Plata, a 20 minute coach ride away whilst John & Deirdre opt for a two centre snorkelling experience although of course John does not get in the water.

Lots of coaches needed for our popular tour with many people with limited walking ability choosing this morning’s tour.

Our coach’s microphone system is not working so our guide resorts to talking loudly which is fine but I am sure his voice will have suffered that evening!

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Parque Indepencia

First stop is in the Parque Indepencia which is being converted to a pedestrian precinct but somehow manages to accommodate coaches up one side to disgorge us tourists.

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Man dressed as a donkey

Our guide tells us all about the history of the island, the split between Haiti and the Dominican Republic and the religion in the town’s cathedral which is a plain building but with some nice stained glass windows subscribed by some of the families.

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Cathedral Stained glass windows

Back out to the square and after a brief talk on the architecture of some of the surrounding buildings we walk to a small Amber shop where, quite honestly, we did not have enough time to consider purchases.

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Fortaleza San Felipe

Back on the coach we have a brief tour of the coastal area of the town stopping for a couple of photo opportunities of the beach front, Fortaleza San Felipe and the Statue of Neptune on an island just offshore.

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Uncrowded town beach

The shops at the modern cruise terminal are in complete contrast to the shops and houses we have seen on our tour although we did see in the town, the shell of a new Supermarket being built.

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Risque t-shirt but at least the shop had free internet access!

The draw of one shop is obvious, not for it’s somewhat risqué t-shirt but the free internet access the shop provided.

We manage to speak with Flic & Mel but couldn’t get hold of Sarah and couldn’t down load all the emails in time to respond to a few important ones.

A good view of the island as we sail away from the port and our evening entertainment is by a Northern Irish comedian – William Caulfield – most jokes were repeats of what we had heard on previous cruises and even one by someone else on this cruise!

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Leaving Amber Cove

28 January

Half way point and we have a sea day with a difference as we have been away for 4 weeks so have to have another muster station drill during which we learn that Oceana, the ship that used our berth at New Orleans has got stuck there and has broken down with it having to go to Miami for repair. Not sure what happened to the passengers.

Port talks on Manaus and Parintins and a dinner in the Conservatory who are doing a Chinese buffet as it is Chinese New Year.

Evening entertainment by a Ukulele band – Ukebox, five guys from Liverpool who met at Liverpool University – and Ida, a female singing quartet one of whom came from Jersey and who sang some popular songs but also some Opera songs which were probably slightly better.

Tomorrow it is “Death in Paradise”.