Anglo-French Travel 2017 travel blog

Tractor bus

Traffic jam on Sark

View from the cliffs

Garden of Le Seigneurie

Le Seigneurie garden and glimpse of residence

Track to Little Sark

The Sark ferry had resumed operation so we boarded for the one hour journey across to Sark with some trepidation as the sea still had quite a swell and as soon as we were out of the harbour it proved to be a fairly rough ride especially for two of our group who are not good sailors.

Arriving at Sark the sun came out and we experiences a new form of transport as a tractor towing a very rudimentary "bus" towed us to the top of the steep hill. Stark is an island which seems to rise straight out of the sea with high cliffs. At the top there was a line up of horses and carts some for only two ours for eight so we set out for a tour of the island. No cars are allowed on the island, people young and old ride bikes and all,other transporting is done by tractor. Given that the permanent population is about 500 I reckon there must be more than 500 bikes and innumerablemtrsctors which chug slowly around. The island has a school with 35 student ranging from 4 to 16 and a doctors who is available 24 hours a day complete with his tractor, number plate DOCTOR.

The views as we stopped and walked to cliff lookouts both to the bays and adjoining islands were spectacular and the shining sun helped. To'the South West is the island Little Sark accessed by a narrow roadway which was rebuilt by the German forces during the Occupation.

Until quite recently Sark had an ancient system of government which Inwon't attempt to describe as now it is a democracy with 29 elected members of a sort of parliament. This has come about because it was ordered to establish a democracy by Brussels as a condition of EU Membership which is held under protocol 3.

A remnant of the old system is Le Seigneurie, a sort of Lord of the Island, with considerable powers and very respected and it was to the gardens attached to the residence of Le Seigneurie that we went for a quick bowl of asparagus soup and then a tour of the gardens where there are many exotic species, including a couple,of Australian bottle brushes,. The climate of the island is quite mild although they do get a few winter frosts. The guide then walked us back into the main area of the village, stopping at places of interest including the Anglican Church where two thirds of the pews are enclosed and reserved for specific families who gave money to the church at some earlier time. The back third is for the "common crowd" of newcomers.

We all managed to walk down to the harbour along a treed track adjoiningnthenraodnto meet the ferry for a much smoother trip back to Guernsey which we'll explore tomorrow.

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