The Channel Islands are between Britain and France but are actually geographically closer to France, and many people in Guernsey will have French sounding surnames. One of the most famous is the former Southampton and England player Matt Le Tissier, who never left Southampton for a bigger team mainly because he liked being as close as possible for his family who were still on the island of Guernsey.
Guernsey offers a surprisingly diverse array of attractions, offering visitors a good deal of choices for holidays from a day trip up to a long one. You are completely surrounded by history wherever you are. You can go inside a Neolithic burial chamber, or you could sip tea in the final Royalist stronghold in the Civil War or maybe you can go inside an observation bunker built by the Germans in World War and survey the Atlantic. What's more, you can do all of this in one morning.
There are museums, gardens, chapels, castles, historic homes and cottage industries all over the island. One of the more famous cottage industries is the making of the hard-wearing fisherman's jumper named after the island. You can go to traditional workshops and put the fun into present shopping.
Since we're talking about ferries, let's look at the main port in Guernsey. Ferries arrive and leave from St Peter Port, which has been serving the island as a harbour for more than 2000 years since the Romans first built it, and then it was added to by privateers and merchant adventurers.
St Peter Port combines the most sheltered anchorage in the Channel Islands with deep water and massive spring tides. It has been rated one of the top fifty most historic towns in the UK. It is helped by having some lovely markets and churches. There are some lovely walks detailed in a leaflet which offers some great routes to get some fascinating insights into St Peter Ports' heritage. You can also go on guided tours, starting from the Information Office on the seafront.
However, it's the shopping which is the best thing about Guernsey, because of its low-duty status, which means that you don't have to pay VAT. People like to buy photographic and other electronic equipment, perfume and jewellery, spirits, tobacco and wines in St Peter Port although you can also get shoes, leather goods and exclusive clothes. You can also buy antiques in the old quarter. Then you can enjoy the food and drink in the bistros, restaurants and cafes, where you can get fresh lobster or even Guernsey Gache.