St. Peter Port

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Castle Cornet at the entrance to St. Peter Port

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Somewhere in the middle of the English Channel, the stretch of water that separates the U.K. from France changes name.

The French refer to the Channel as “La Manche”, which translates to “the handle”.  And situated 70 miles from the coast of England, but only 30 miles from the French coast, Guernsey is one of the last English language outposts before French takes over almost completely.

Still, Guernsey has a continental atmosphere. That makes the island very different from the British mainland.  Many street names in its capital, St. Peter Port, are written in both English and French -proof that the mixture of both British and French influences is inherent in the island experience.

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