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Vacation Time! Updated

It was time for a Summer Vacation. This time the destination was Poland via France and Germany.After a short boat journey from my home island of Jersey, we arrived in St. Malo France. After a 2 hour drive, we arrived in Caen, just for a night stop. Caen seems to be a lovely town and would like to visit again.

Early on the next morning after a lovely breakfast at the Hotel, we set off to Germany, an approx 6 an 1/2 hour drive, which due to some inclement weather and various stops ended up being around 9 hours.

Once arrived at our destination in Hagen Germany we met with some friends for the evening. The next morning after our goodbyes, we set off for Poland, and the city of Szczecin.

Above the Port of Szczecin.
A gorgeous historical port with the National Museum and Town Hall as a back drop.
My girlfriend and I spent a few days in the city, below are a few photos from that time.

Above, Emerald Lake, which was formed from a flooded mine.

Above a couple of images from one of the many beautiful churches in the City.

The City of Szczecin, is beautiful. A typical city, busy with lots to see and do, we were only there for a week before heading on, a week is not long enough to see everything so another trip is planned. Below a few photos from this beautiful city.

The Beautiful Park

More photos on my Smug Mug site, https://www.simonbevis.com/Places/Poland/

Tour around Jersey part 1.

Sometimes, it can be hard to write a blog. Not knowing what to write or show.

So for this, I thought I would take you on a tour of Jersey, my home, the small southerly Island that although only 45 square miles packs a lot in. The plan for this first post, I thought I would take you to the Sand Dunes.

The Sand dunes, or ‘the dunes’ as I call them are a unique habitat due in part to the important flora and fauna they contain and are very sensitive and highly threatened habitats throughout Europe. The Sand Dunes in St.Ouens Bay Jersey are protected by an SSI (site of special Interest).

Below are a few images that I took on a short walk.  The lone tree in the distance is always a good marker to aim for when you start a walk on the dunes as you can see it from the car park. You can see St.Ouens Bay in the distance.

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The images below, just a couple of the colourful plants that you can find on the dunes.

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I love how the above plant looks against the blue sky. The image below, be prepared for some hard walking, the dunes can take it out of you with some of the paths being steep with shifting sands.

A walkers paradise, no matter what time of year. I have been walking these dunes for years, either with my dogs, my family or just on my own to explore and think. If you are lucky enough to visit the dunes on a day like this, then you will see this part of our special Island of Jersey in all of it’s natural beauty.

Thank you.