Above the financial district in St Peter Port are the 19th Century Candie Gardens. Once part of a private estate, the Gardens were bequeathed to the islanders and turned into a public park. The statue of Queen Victoria is diplomatically separated from a more flamboyant statue of her critic, Victor Hugo.
The statue was gifted to Guernsey by the French government in thanks for the hospitality shown by the island to Hugo during his exile.
We visited the Gardens around lunch time and were surprised by how empty they were. The dozen or so people we did see were all sitting on benches and each and everyone of them had their face glued to a screen.
Because the Gardens are on a hill, you can glimpse the homes and gardens of Guernsey’s wealthier residents. I like to make up stories about the people who live in such gorgeous homes …
The Gardens are also home to the Guernsey Museum, which is devoted to the island’s archaeology, history and wildlife.
The gardens are free to enter and there’s a small fee for the museum.