Just off the coast of France, the island of Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands. Jersey is unique and has a different relationship with the British monarchy than the other Crown Dependencies of Guernsey and the Isle of Man. It’s not part of the United Kingdom, but the United Kingdom is responsible for its defence. It’s not a member of the European Union, but it has a special relationship with the EU for the purposes of free trade, so, all in all its…different.
St Aubin Jersey - photo by MarilynJane on Flickr
The identity of the island is a combination of British and French. When you travel around in your Jersey Car Hire, you will come across unspoiled countryside, lovely beaches, and scenic harbours. You will also come across charming towns with elegant shops, and in some of these shops there are a few things to buy which, just like Jersey, are quite unique.
The first unique thing to buy is a pullover. Depending on your age, you may never have heard of the term pullover or jersey used in relation to a jumper, but in the past that’s what a woolly jumper was called - a jersey pullover. Knitting was associated with the island for over 400 years, and in the 16th century many knitted articles such as stocks, waistcoats and pullovers were exported to England and France; you can still buy a traditional fisherman’s jersey today. The second unique item to buy in the town of St Aubin is a cabbage walking stick. The walking sticks, which have been made by Jersey wood turners since 1827, are made from massive cabbages which grow up to 10 feet (3 m) tall.