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Escaping to Jersey

Escaping to Jersey

Courtesy of Longueville Manor

Courtesy of Longueville Manor

  1. Jersey is located off the coast of Normandy, France and encompasses a little over 46 square miles.

  2.  It is a British Crown Dependency, officially known as the Bailiwick of Jersey, and has two groups of small islands, the Minquiers and Ecrehous, and the Pierres de Lecq. These islands are not permanently inhabited. 

  3. The majority of the population of Bailiwick of Jersey is of Jersey / Norman descent; while forty percent belong to the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish groups. Portuguese is the largest minority group in the island followed by Irish. There is also a small community of ethnic French and Russian people. 

The Longueville Manor

Courtesy of Longueville Manor

Courtesy of Longueville Manor

Nestled in fifteen acres of its own private valley, comes complete with a a majestic lake which is home to beautiful black swans. The 14th century Norman manor house is elegantly and stylishly decorated with exquisite antiques and an abundance of fresh flowers, The Manor offers 30 rooms and suites.

The Restaurant boasts three AA rosettes, its original recipes enhanced by the fruits, vegetables and herbs homegrown in the walled kitchen garden and Victorian glasshouses. Meals are served in the romantic wood paneled Oak Room or the elegant Garden Room with French doors opening onto a small flower garden with ornamental fountain. The Cocktail Bar, its roaring log fire and enchanting patio cater for pre-dinner drinks and night caps. The gardens play host to an all weather grass tennis court and a large heated swimming pool with poolside barbecue and bar. 

Courtesy of Longueville Manor

Courtesy of Longueville Manor

Longueville Manor is an iron shot from Royal Jersey Golf Club and a short drive away from La Moye and Les Mielles golf clubs. Royal Jersey enjoys a beautiful location on Grouville Bay, with the impressive backdrop of Mont Orgueil Castle. 

Jersey has an impressive golf pedigree. Ted Ray and Harry Vardon, who won the British Open six times, were born in Jersey and both began playing here. The Island has also produced other well-known players like Tommy Horton, and Ian Woosnam lives here. Keen golfers can take their pick from a rich selection of golf courses across the Island, many with stunning views. La Moye, the Royal Jersey and Les Mielles Golf & Country Club are 18-hole championship courses.

Courtesy of Longueville Manor

Courtesy of Longueville Manor

Hidden Gem: The First Ever "Smart Carry-On" That Weighs Itself, Locks When you Walk Away, and Comes with Built-In Charger

Hidden Gem: The First Ever "Smart Carry-On" That Weighs Itself, Locks When you Walk Away, and Comes with Built-In Charger

There's a new product in town and it aims to simplify your life. Bluesmart the new revolutionary carry-on suitcase is the brainchild of several industrial engineers and designers from New York who came together to create a high-quality carry-on suitcase that communicates with your phone.  This came about as a result of a few bad experiences with their luggage in which the airlines forced them to check their bags and then proceeded to either mishandle them or lose them altogether.


The project started on Indiegogo October 20, 2014 with a raised goal of $50,000 USD. As of today, they have ready reached more than $244,000 with still 34 days left available to pledge. I would say they have definitely exceeded their expectations.

 

Here is what the buzz is all about. The Bluesmart suitcase can lock and unlock itself all from an app. It can also weigh itself so you never have to worry about going over the weight allowed by the airlines. The Bluetooth tells you where and when your suitcase was last seen in proximity to your phone, and one of the most interesting features is the ability to lock itself with its built-in sensors if you walk away. The added bonus is the ability to charge your phone 6 times over with the built-in battery. The super-powerful battery charger can charge up to two devices at one time.

 

Other features includes a compartment at the front of the suitcase designed especially to protect and allow easy access to your laptop and tablet. The Bluesmart can also be linked to your calendar to remind you when and what you need to pack for your upcoming trip. The app is currently available for iPhone and Android users, and they are diligently working on apps for smart watches.


The Bluesmart  which connects via Bluetooth is expected to begin shipping in August of 2015. The suitcase will be 21.5" X 14" X 0 " (54.6 x 35.6 x 22.9 cm) which is the approved size by all airlines for a carry-on and will weigh approximately 8.5lbs (3.8kg). 

 

The estimated retail price on a Bluesmart carry-on will start at $450 USD

If you are interested in being one of the first to own your very own "Smart Carry-On" from Bluesmart visit indiegogo and make a pledge at Bluesmart