Even though these photos were taken in the middle of summer, they look slightly more like they belong to November. It was tipping it down when we arrived. When I first went to Jersey – I must have been about twelve – we went for two weeks and I can only remember it being boiling hot and getting sun burnt because we spent every minute of the day running around on the beach. The last two times I’ve been back it’s been a real mix, but always with some form of bad weather, whether that’s fog or rain. Also, St Aubin is supposed to be one of the warmest parts of the island. Pretty typical of my bad luck!
St Aubin was a part of Jersey I’d only ever been through on the bus. That was pretty much only because it’s on the way to my favourite restaurant on the island. Oyster Box, in case you were wondering. You can really understand why it can be so difficult to get a reservation in there! I’d always wanted to get off the bus and have a look around. The harbour always looked inviting and colourful. So finally I made some time to get off my bum and explore. If it hadn’t been raining, then it would have been possible to walk along the beach from the capital in St Helier. And, if you’re more of a kid at heart there’s a small train which goes along the beach from St Helier to St Aubin.
St Aubin is probably one of the busier parts of Jersey. And that’s saying something. Clearly, it’s not as busy as St Helier but is much prettier than St Helier. I think the latter is lacking in any sort of character at all. That means there’s plenty of small shops to explore, restaurants and pubs to visit. In contrast to some parts of Jersey where you can go to the beach and have the grand old choice of one place for food. Having said that, it’s pretty easy to get away from the crowds too. You can take a walk over to the fort if the tide it out far enough. Or you can head up along the cobbled streets into the hills. Bonus points if you take this option because you get quite the view from the top of the hills and because who doesn’t like pretty colourful houses? Notting Hill – eat your heart out.
Let me know if you head over to Jersey at any point. Or if you’ve been and can give some more tips!