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Beginnings: From New Jersey to old Jersey

Updated: Oct 15, 2023

Hello travel world. We have take off!

Tailor-Made Itineraries (TMI) is incredibly excited for BESPOKE travel blog's beginnings and honestly, it could not have launched at a better time. While on the one hand we are embarking on a journey to share our travel stories to the world, on the other hand, I, Pamela, would have never guessed I would simultaneously learn about my own beginnings. Who knew that a New Jersey girl would see so much of the world and that her latest stop would be the Bailiwick of Jersey, the largest island of the Channel Islands in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy.

Honestly, I never gave any thought to the history of my birth state until a few weeks prior to our trip. In a nutshell, I learned that in recognition of Jersey's loyalty to King Charles II during the English Civil War, the newly seized lands between the Delaware and Hudson Rivers were named New Jersey, after the island. I must highlight that our trip to the Isle of Jersey was twofold: 1) to support my husband, Barry, while he played for one of Scotland's teams in the 2016 European Touch Rugby Championships (you can find out how he did in subsequent blog posts) and 2) to enjoy the wonders of being a tourist while equipped with an action packed itinerary made by none other than us!

Getting to and and from Jersey proved to be very practical from Aberdeen, Scotland. We had a direct flight to the island and a short twenty minute taxi ride to St. Helier, one of the twelve parishes of Jersey, and the capital of the island. On our return journey home we had a short stop in Birmingham before going on to Aberdeen which was not bad at all. However, I must admit that I was pretty much surprised as I walked onto the tarmac to come face-to-face with a propeller plane while flying directly to St. Helier for I had not been on one for many years. Grant it, it was smooth flying and we even got to our destination half an hour early. No complaints here.

Overall, we called Jersey home for a total of 10 days in July while staying at the Avoca Villa Guest House, a small, extremely friendly and perfectly situated bed & breakfast although a bit old fashioned. It fulfilled all our basic need, but most importantly, we experienced excellent customer service from Mrs. Gloria Paradiso. There is no doubt that she is in her element of welcoming and making all her guests feel at home while being away from home. Needless to say, our stay at Avoca Villa greatly impacted our overall positive experience of Jersey. It seems that we arrived onto the island at a very good time for the sun shined for 9 out of 10 days and had proof of a tan by the time we got back home.

Through BESPOKE, we want to share with you the positive and practical out-of-the-ordinary travel experiences available to anyone with a curious nature and a sense of adventure. Our upcoming blogs will highlight that through our well researched and planned travel itineraries we make the absolute most out of not only our trips, but also those of our clients. We love the world, and we hope you will join us as we live, discover and have fun in it. Therefore, please watch out for our next travel blog to learn more about our Jersey adventure.

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If you are interested in finding out more about Jersey, please view the Tailor-Made Itineraries posts below:

Don’t forget that Tailor-Made Itineraries delights in creating bespoke self-guided tours. So, if visiting Jersey appeals to you, reach out to me by email. I would be more than happy to design a self-guided tour around your requirements incorporating the amazing attractions of Jersey

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