Trip Start Jun 08, 2010
Trip End Jun 21, 2010

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Flag of United Kingdom  , Channel Islands,
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Today we anchored outside of a small island between France and England. It's called Guernsey, as in the famous cows.  Our tender ride to shore was rough and sent me back to a life threatening experience off the coast of Sweden.  

We signed up for a tour of  "The German Occupation".  Who knew that Germany came that close to Britian?  The guide, David Bourgeze, is a life long resident of the island.  His father lived during this 5 year occupation. He even had a German “Auntie” left over from the occupation.

In a historic nutshell, the British left, the Germans came, some families left prior to the Germans occupation, but many stayed behind.  Teachers and children left on June 22, the Germans arrived on June 28.  They mowed down innocent tomatoe farmers while they waited at the port to off load their crops. The Germans were generally kind, however, took whatever they wanted and starved along with the Guernseys the last year.

 We saw multiple German bunkers, guns, and fortifications.  David had family pictures and memorabilia that he passed throughout the bus. He reminded us of a British comedian.  His stories were priceless. “The island is 4 miles by 7 miles, you get around quickly…. right…..”  “ We have a magic roundabout, no one knows how it works”.  “we don’t have squirrels, deer, chipmunks, badgers, snakes or rats but what we do have is lots of rabbits. “ He told a story of animals abandoned on another island and the rescue effort to bring then to Guernsey.  When they arrived, they left the cows on the airstrip so German planes couldn’t land. The Policeman robbed from the Germans and vice versa.  Also, David gave you the choice to “Nip out” or pass on any activity.

We saw an incredible museum to the occupancy.  It had so many artifacts, signs, letters, bikes, vehicles, all of which were placed in situ.   Our biggest challenge of the day was herding the ancient cruise passengers on and off the bus.  The tour could have been done in the time, if not for that.  (this is why I hire private drivers and excursions for my clients)

We arrived back in time to get ready for “Formal night”.  We got all gussied up and even had our picture taken.  The ship photographers position you like it was prom night.  “Hold your head here, move a little to the left,  tip your head to the right,  place your hand on his head,  turn to the side, now  RELAX”.  We couldn’t stop laughing as we were stiff as soldiers.
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