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    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    Have you ever visited "The island of the Scarecrows"?

    The entrance to the Scarecrow island... in Chinese style...

    There is an island in Europe that for two days in a year is inhabited by scarecrows!

    They sunbath in the garden, they cycle, they work on their computers, they eat, they drink and they do everything else they like... scarecrows!

    They are not dangerous, but some of them can be a bit scary.

    Can you imagine an island inhabited by scarecrows?

    It may seem a mad idea, but it is actually quite artistic in a way.

    Made by dry grass, leaves and old clothes, these scarecrows represent an idyllic way of life in the country.

    I was in the island during those misterious days when the scarecrows populated the streets.

    I found them fascinating and I took some photographs.

    They told me they were happy to become famous... and they smiled in my camera...

    They looked as they were alive!

    Hope you enjoy my photos!

    Cycling peacefully... but look through the branches of the tree...

    ... have you ever seen scarecrows doing motocross before?

    ... or even in the Church !?!

    ... selling local vegetables and flowers...

    ... fishing...

    ...having their 5 o' clock tea...

    ... the priest ...

    ... and finally waiting the airport to go back home in Scarecrows Country!

    At the end of the post you expected to read where this island is...isn't it?

    Little clue: it is The island of Victor Hugo, the author of Les Miserables!


    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    DESTINATION GUERNSEY - VICTOR HUGO'S HOUSE IN GUERNSEY - Visit with us the house of the Author of Les Miserables in the Channel Islands


    Hauteville House. Where Victor Hugo lived and wrote when in exile from France.

    Do you know who Victor Hugo is?

    I guess yes, particularly after his book Les Miserables has become so popular worldwide again, thanks to the recent Hollywood movie and the famous musical.

    Victor Hugo is maybe the most famous and most illustrious French writer and maybe one of the greates writers of the world.

    Everyone knows the beautiful story of Les Miserables in these days, but...


    Do you know the French writer Victor Hugo was also a great interior designer? 

    Do you know how the celebrated French author got the inspiration for his masterpieces? 

    Do you know he had political views that were amazingly modern and innovative for his times? 

    I got to know all this in a day and without reading a book!

    Read below...


    The glasshouse at the top of Victor Hugo's House where the writer used to write.


    Where you should go to see the amazing Hauteville House designed by Victor Hugo? 


    Do like I did, take a flight from London to Guernsey, and in less than an hour you will be in Victor Hugo's world. 

    You will love Guernsey. Guernsey is a little and beautiful island situated in the English Channel, a few miles away from the coast of France. Guernsey is a little heaven of sunshine and wonderful sandy beaches. 



    What is Hauteville House and why is so interesting? 

    Hauteville House is Victor Hugo's house in Guernsey, where he lived and wrote in exile from France for fifteen years. All of the house, including the garden, has been designed and decorated personally by him. 

    Visit the house, and you will know who Victor Hugo was.

    He bought very unusual antiquities from different parts of the world, he made himself amazing furniture pieces reassembling old broken furniture, he ordered beautiful paintings and decorated the house with great artistic taste. 

    He especially planted an oak in the garden to celebrate the future united states of Europe a century before its birth. 


    Victor Hugo's signature on the ceiling of his house. He liked to leave his signature in many places of the house.

    Our Video of Victor Hugo's House in Guernsey
    Click on the "Play Button" to watch it. For better quality video enlarge the video clicking 
    the button on the bottom left corner of the video


    The drawing room

    View on Castle Cornet from V. Hugo's house. On the background the isle of Herm.

    The kitchen - Note the letter H (for Hugo) above the beautiful fireplace.


    What is the meaning of Hauteville House in Guernsey?

    Inside the house, Hugo's name is written, carved or painted in every room, like a painter he signed his own works of art. It was his obsession. 

    His signature is painted on the stairs; his initials are hidden in the kitchen mantelpiece; his name is carved in the wardrobe in his large bedroom. 

    He designed his house playing with the colours, the dark and the light. 

    Visiting the building from the bottom to the top you will experience the author's ascension from material duties to the intellectual exercises, from ignorance to culture, from earth to sky, as he described his own life and the path that humanity should follow. 

    At the top you will see the best: A large terrace mastering a wonderful panorama of the island overlooking St Peter Port, the Channel Islands and his beloved France. 

    Victor Hugo wrote and – would you believe! - slept every night in a large glasshouse built on this terrace. 

    He refused to sleep in his comfy large bedroom downstairs, where he only slept once in his life, preferring to sleep alone in a cold recess on an old bed couch, because – he wrote - the ever changing light and the wild sea gave him the inspiration for his books. 

    Take a flight, go to Guernsey and meet the French genius!



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    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Do you like islands? All you need to know if you want to visit an amazing island in Europe.

    The beautiful waterfront of St Peter Port will be the first sight of Guernsey, arriving by boat from St Malo, England or Jersey
    Guernsey is a beautiful island situated 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of France's Normandy coast and 120 kilometres (75 mi) south of Weymouth, England and lies in the Gulf of St Malo. 

    What's to see in Guernsey: #1 visit the House of Victor HugoClick Here to read the post 

    With Jersey, Sark and Alderney, Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands, the group of islands famous thanks to the French writer Victor Hugo who lived in Guernsey and Jersey (we dedicated a post to Victor Hugo's really amazing House in Guernsey, that you can still visit today- click here to read the post).

    Guernsey it's a wonderful island. 

    It's wonderful because in few square meters you can enjoy a variety of different panoramas. 

    You can walk on the cliffs in the South. You can walk on large sandy beaches on the West. 

    What's to see in Guernsey: #2 Enjoy a walk on the West Coast
    You can take the sun at Pembroke Bay in the North, but you can also walk through quite country lanes, the “green lanes” as they are called, where the traffic is reduced to a minimum and you can enjoy the silence. 

    You can admire the beautiful cottages, the gardens, the flowers and the panorama on a distance. If you miss your shopping you can have a walk along the High Street of St Peter Port, the main town. 

    What's to see in Guernsey: #3 Castle Cornet
    The old castle in front of St Peter Port
    St Peter Port is very charming: along the High Street you can go shopping, along the harbour you can find good pubs & restaurants, you can visit Castle Cornet and its interesting museum and the lighthouse along the water-breaker.

    If you like literature you should visit Victor Hugo's House or read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, the famous bestseller about the life during the Second World War.

    Today you can still visit the German bunkers and the other Nazi fortifications along the coast, very well preserved.

    What's to see in Guernsey: #4
    Visit the amazing Little Chapel built with shells
    and china. 
    Guernsey has just the right side to be visited walking, or sometimes taking a bus when you are tired. 

    The sea is very beautiful there and the light is special. 

    People are friendly, nice, quiet and polite. 

    The island is very safe, the sea makes the island wonderful. 

    There are interesting monuments to see, some of them quite unusual, like the Little Chapel, a work of love and art. There is history. 

    From the old Martello Towers to the German fortifications. The memory of the IIWW invasion is strong the island.

    What's to see in Guernsey: #5 walk along
    the coastal cliff path in the South.
    From spring to autumn the sun is shining most 
    of the times, and the days are mild in winter. 
    And then when you want Sark and Herm are very little away and from St Peter Port the boat runs daily there, weather permitting.

    Local products are the pride of Guernsey. Milk, butter, ice cream, potatoes and many many vegetables you can find easily on sell in the honesty boxes just in front of many houses when you walk in the country.

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    What's to see in Guernsey: #6 The Festivals
    We absolutely recommend the Scarecrows Festival

    click here to read the post

    Here the list of our published posts about Guernsey:

    The French author of Les Miserables lived in exile in Guernsey. 
    His house is an amazing display of the artistic taste and personality of Victor Hugo.

    In August for a weekend the South of the Island is invaded by dozens of scarecrows along the narrow lanes, the cottages and the beautiful gardens in bloom... A wonderful festival for all the family!

    Practical info and useful tips to travel to the island

    Our main page about Guernsey

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    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    How to get to Guernsey

    Guernsey is an island situated 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of France's Normandy coast and 120 kilometres (75 mi) south of Weymouth, England and lies in the Gulf of St Malo.

    You will reach Guernsey:

    From England

    by air: from
    London Gatwick / Heatrow
    Southampton
    Exeter
    with Flybe or Aurigny air companies

    by sea: from
    Weymouth
    Poole
    with Condor Ferries

    From France

    by air and by sea only seasonal - summer

    by air with Blue Islands

    by sea with Condor Ferries

    From Jersey or Alderney

    by air with Aurigny

    by sea with Condor Ferries

    Read more about Guersney and check out our posts already published.

    VISIT GUERNSEY


    Guernsey is a wonderful island situated 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of France's Normandy coast and 120 kilometres (75 mi) south of Weymouth, England and lies in the Gulf of St Malo.

    Guernsey has beautiful beaches, a great coastal path, great panoramas from the cliffs.

    Victor Hugo, the French writer of Les Miserables, lived in Guernsey during his exile and the House of Victor Hugo is open to visits today.

    Read our introductory page: "WHAT TO SEE IN GUERNSEY" - click here to open
    or open our published posts about Guernsey in the list below:

    The French author of Les Miserables lived in exile in Guernsey. 
    His house is an amazing display of the artistic taste and personality of Victor Hugo.




    In August for a weekend the South of the Island is invaded by dozens of scarecrows along the narrow lanes, the cottages and the beautiful gardens in bloom... A wonderful festival for all the family!






    Also visit the nearby island of Jersey:

    The beautiful island of Jersey is only an hour away from Guernsey.
    If you have ever seen the TV series "Bergerac" you will certainly recognize many of the beautiful panoramas of the island.