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Souvenirs from Guernsey

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a small island in the English Channel that has seen a remarkable amount of history for its size. Guernsey souvenirs are also quite remarkable for their reflections of tradition and craftsmanship. The most iconic image maybe the copper milk can, used as a decorative image on post cards, key chains, refrigerator magnets, and as bracelet charms. Embroidery, done by local women, is expertly done, and uses pastoral images and the red and yellow flags of the island to decorate tea towels, shirts and handkerchiefs. Hand knit Guernsey sweaters, done in a unique stitch, are exported to all the world, and may be a fantastic purchase to accent a winter wardrobe You will also find duty-free stores, offering designer clothes, accessories, jewelry, alcohol and tobacco for favorable prices. Museums stock replicas of traditional items, calendars and posters of the island, allowing you to learn a bit of history and shop.

Historical Highlights of Guernsey

It is believed the island of Guernsey was created when rising sea levels surrounded its location on a peninsula in 6000 BC. The Britons occupied the island on their migration to Brittany, calling it Sarnia. The Brittany holdings were annexed by the Duchy of Normandy in 933, and today the Channel Islands, including Guernsey, are the last remnants of this house. Throughout the centuries, pirates and invading forces have attacked the island on their way to England, leaving different marks on the land and its people. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Guernsey ship-owners returned the favor, and gained Letters of Marque, allowing them to legal take ships from foreign nationals in English waters. German forces occupied the island during World War II and built a concentration camp, the only one built on British soil, in Alderney. Guernsey was heavily fortified by the Germans and many of the buildings they constructed are available for the general public to view.

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