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Two cultures, five islands, thousands of splendid holiday moments and memories. While the French and English battled each other for centuries, the Islanders somehow managed a happy synthesis of all that’s best of both. As a result, just about every visitor preference is catered for. Jersey and Guernsey are the larger pair, but Herm, Sark and Alderney offer a myriad of hidden-away inlets, islets and beaches and, especially, an abundance of peace and quiet. Rocky coves or golden sands – and at Jersey’s inexplicably uncrowded Beauport Bay, pink granite rocks that flame in the setting sun. You can even do a tour of the many imposing lighthouses. A brief trip across the Channel and the climate is transformed, making flowers and fresh produce the islands’ biggest export - with plenty left for the August highlight of the tourist year, St Helier’s colorful ‘Battle of Flowers’, including a spectacular moonlight parade. With English the official language and French the natural one for many, the most tentative linguist can feel comfortable, the most demanding gourmet, fully satisfied.
 

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