I was really surprised to see a paper note for a pound and it was an old floppy note! You instantly think oh! it’s not changed much here when you see the money. You would be very mistaken though, I know it has been 50 years since I was last here and I know you remember things differently when a child. St Helier has lost all the old hotels along the sea front, in fact they have claimed more land from the sea. It is very built up but every building is different and not in-keeping with anything at all. This is hear-say but there are a lot of back-handers and it is a very corrupt place!
Many shops have gone and so many shop on-line there are no big supermarkets though only a Waitrose and co-ops, every little town has a small shop that sells most things. I was disappointed that The Mermaid pub had been changed into a nursing home as it was a gorgeous public house and I wanted to get a photo of myself sitting outside like the one I had of when I was a child.
There is a new multi screen cinema, I can remember going to this old one as a child, it was raining so we went to watch King Henry 8th and the film about all his wife’s.
I have taken lots of pictures so they will be on my website soon. I had these two old postcards and tried to go back to the same places.
The hotel at bottom of hill has gone. So we have a very different Jersey, it makes you a bit sad that so much history has disappeared but I guess that is change. I liked that you only did 30 miles as the speed limit and most of the time that is all you needed to do.
The Airbnb I stayed in was lovely, the last day of my stay I was pretty shattered and ended up chatting to David and Sally, drinking coffee then sitting in their conservatory writing a blog about The Botanic Gardens, have you read that yet? Wonderful place and highly recommended. I did then think I should have mixed a bit more and gone down to their conservatory and on the last day I saw a chinese take away by their house! I took a bottle wine to have a glass in the evenings but ended up bringing it home unopened, I was just so tired after being out during the day and I did spend a lot of time in coffee shops, the beach and generally just sitting admiring the views.
So I have been back, reminisced, felt sad but very glad I went and that is another thing I can cross of my list of things to-do.