The journey and the hotel
We were fortunate enough to be able to get a cheap flight from our local airport, Doncaster Sheffield. And as always my dad was super generous and did the honours of driving us there and back so we didn’t have to pay airport parking charges.
Although Jersey is only a 55 minute flight away, I always find that travelling even short distances takes up most of your day – getting up and ready, travelling to the airport, going through security, waiting around and then getting to your hotel on the other side – exhausting! But so worth it.
We had a lovely airport breakfast before the flight, and luckily for us my parents have recently been to Jersey, so they told us information about the buses which were fairly easy to navigate. Every bus journey is £2 wherever you go in Jersey so you know where you stand with travel fares. They use the Jersey pound as well as the English pound; the Jersey pound is technically legal tender in England but some business can get funny if you try and use them so it’s best to use them up in Jersey.
Unfortunately for us the rain seemed to wait for us to get off the bus find our way to the hotel! It was only a short walk though and thank goodness for Google Maps!
The hotel was called the Talana Hotel and was very reasonably priced. It was a bit old fashioned but very clean and comfy with helpful staff - can’t complain really! The frustrating thing was that it had a lovely outdoor pool with views of the countryside behind it, but the weather wasn’t up to it. Anyone who knows me knows that anything water related is one of my favourite things about life!
Although Jersey is the biggest of the Channel Islands, it’s still only home to about 100,000 residents. It’s split into 12 areas called parishes. The Talana Hotel was located in the Parish of St Saviour which is only a short journey away from the capital, St Helier. The first night we took one look at the weather and decided to stay inside, but the hotel did amazing bar meals, and we didn’t hesitate to tuck into the huge burgers that we ordered!
So then after a good night’s sleep it was time to start exploring…