An island each year, that's what we do. Not too big, temperatures moderate, preferred language: English. Beautiful landscape, flowers, wild and stormy sea. History and literary background wanted.
We got all that, and more: Guernsey:
65000 inhabitants on 78km², mild climate. English breakfast and afternoon tea AND French lunch and dinner! Isn't that the most desirable combination?
I refreshed my acquaintance with Victor Hugo who was in exile there and got to know Mervyn Peake. It was love at first sight. You'll hear more of this relationship soon.
Ok, the traffic is horrendous for such a small island and to explore the island by bike is dangerous, but rewarding nonetheless.
I've never seen so many jeweller's stores in one place. And the big deal is, of course, wealth management, with 50 licensed banks, several hundred captive insurance entities, and financial services of all kinds imaginable.
To be continued.