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  • Day638

    The sun was shining and we were going on a day visit to Britain; Gibraltar to be precise! Gibraltar is the 14th country we'll explore on our 5 year tour. We made fast progress along the urban corridor that inhabited this stretch of Spain's southern shore. Doing the rat run along the dual carriageway, interspersed frequently by glorietas (roundabouts) we passed by luxury apartments clustered together in white and peach, palms and sculpted citrus trees and signs for Costa del Golf.

    The distinctive landmass grew larger each time we glimpsed it and we started to see GBZ number plates. Approaching the low flat land linking Gibraltar to Spain, we were funneled into lanes leading to the border. It was slow going but we waited in line with other visitors and Gibraltarians. When at a standstill we watched the driver ahead of us passing money to a man wearing a high-vis vest. By the time he reached our window Vicky had removed the passport wallet and her phone from the dashboard. 'You going to Gibraltar? You drive?' he asked. 'Yes' we replied, '20 Euros', 'What!?!' At our incredulous response (and possibly the sight of the dashcam filming him) the chancer made a hasty retreat, on to the next naive looking visitor! After crawling by two people begging with boards written in English we drove across the flat expanse of Gibraltar airport's runways and on to passport control. Lanes for vehicles with and without customs formalities merged into one; what a nightmare it must be for residents on the daily commute! Passports checked, we were pulled over and asked about the van's height and about the canoe. 'Is it for personal use? Are you just coming for the day? No engine?' They spoke to us in acceneted English and were keen to convey that camping was not allowed anywhere in Gibraltar, but did so in a friendly manner, telling us we could park anywhere and wishing us a good visit.

    As we drove around the narrow, shore hugging road, there was a high concentration of houses. All signs were written in English, although speed limits were still in kmph not mph and we were driving on the right. Another reminder of home came as we entered the Dudley Ward Way tunnel. It was two way but its low sides required us to drive in the middle, so we were thankfull it wasn't busy.

    It was easy to find a spot in the large car park at Europa Point and easy to catch the number 2 bus into Gibraltar city. Prices were displayed in both pounds and euros but we'd decided to have a 'British Day' so excitedly paid in the former. Will even got an over 60's discount! Now that we were formally in Britain, we weren't rankled by hearing English spoken and seeing it written, as we had been in Malága. Walking through town Vicky got a little over enthusiastic, snapping photos of red post boxes, British looking litter bins, Union Flags advertising today's British newspapers and British fish and chips. We chose The Royal Calpe pub for ours, washed down with a pint (yes, pint) of London Pride. All these things may seem very trivial and normal to those reading back in the UK, but having spent so much time away over the last 21 months, to have so many things that remind us of home, so far from England, was a novelty we enjoyed for the day. We'd probably have quite a different point of view if we were visiting as part of a 1 week holiday.

    After spending a little time pointing out highstreet shops such as Marks and Spencers, Debenhams, Early Learning Centre and Specsavers, we dodged the taxi drivers offering us lifts and took the cable car to the top station (there was no way we could have climbed up after those fish and chips!). The lift operator was friendly, pointing out the Spanish enclave in Africa as we rose up the steep hill to 412m and into the nature reserve. He explained that out of the 300 wild Barbary Macaques who occupy the upper rock, some could be cheeky, riding on taxis and hanging out in the busier tourist spots in hope of being fed, despite the authorities providing enough food for them everyday.

    Exiting the cable car into the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, we encountered these cheeky monkeys almost straight away. It was captivating to see them at such close quarters and reassuring that they appeared relaxed around us. Many were sedentary, sitting quietly on a wall or the road (Vicky nearly tripped over one she hadn't noticed!). Others were more interested in preening one another and the babies enjoyed wrestling and plucking bunches of yellow wood sorrel for a munch. We'd been told not to touch them and respected this, but looked on disapprovingly as other tourists made grabs for the babies as they posed for a photo.

    When we did manage to peal our eyes away from these amazing primates, the views were stunning. Below us the city hugged the lowland bordering the Straights of Gibraltar. Mainland Spain was on one side and Africa seemed so close on the other! It was exciting to see, but even more thrilling to think that we planned to be over there in Morocco in Martha Motorhome in two year's time!

    Huge steel cargo ships coalesced at the pinch point where the Atlantic met the Mediterranean, some of them moored, others set on their course. Consulting the map we began to make our way towards the Sky Walk; a glass platform erected on the far side of the steep cliff. Standing on it, we could see the ground falling away under our feet to the intensely azure sea 400m below. It was a good experience but busy, so we continued along a quieter path which afforded us views back over the jagged ridge of Gibraltar Rock. From then onwards there were few people, although we were occasionally passed by taxis that clustered around attractions such as St Michael's Cave and the Ape's Den half way down.

    The day was hot and we were keen to get back to Poppy, but the descent seemed to take a long time, especially so because of the poor signage. Reaching the city we soon found a bus stop for the number 2 and were on our way. It was interesting listening to the local Llanito being spoken. A mix of English, Spanish Genoese and some Portuguese, people would flip between this and pure English or Spanish.

    Thanks to the way we'd ventilated the van and raised its reflective blinds it had remained comfortable for Poppy and Vicky took her out while Will bought ice creams from the seller parked nearby. To end our time in Gibraltar we spent 20 minutes looking out at views of Africa and Spain from the (very windy) viewpoints at Europa Point.

    As we drove back through the tunnel and over the airstrip we reflected on what a good day we'd had in Gibraltar. It had been a little busy, but we'd enjoyed the novelty of spending our pounds, eating fish and chips and drinking a British pint. The Barbery Macaques had been spellbinding and the views of the rock itself and of the intercontinental straights were incredible.
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  • Day7

    Gibraltar - On top of the Rock

    June 11 in Gibraltar

    After our airport experience we walked through the city and up the rock. There we found a suspension bridge, monkeys and really great views to Africa. After our walk we enjoyed a great Fish and chips snack in downtown Gibraltar before we went back to Spain. All in all a great day!

    Nach unsere Flughafen Erfahrung sind wir durch die Innenstadt und auf den Felsen gewandert. Von dort hatten wir einen super Blick auf Gibraltar, Afrika und die spanische Küste, haben Affen gesehen und eine Hängebrücke überquert. Nach der Wanderung gab es dann noch eine Portion Fish & Chips bevor es zurück nach Spanien ging. Zusammenfassend: Ein super Tag mit ein bisschen Sonnenbrand!Read more

  • Day198

    The Rock

    October 30, 2017 in Gibraltar

    Spent today with an old friend from Guernsey, Dave Bruce, and he have us a personalised guided walking tour of the Rock. We walked to the Moorish castle, Siege tunnels, Windsor bridge, Jews gate, Mediterranean steps, and St Michaels Cave. It was a great way to see the island and to learn a lot more about it as well as working up a decent sweat climbing the steps. We are now planning on riding the cable car to the top tomorrow and visiting the cave and tunnels on the way back down. Here are pictures of the stunning views and of the famous monkeys. Will hopefully get some more photos to show you. We took a cycle ride around the edgeish yesterday, I say ish because in some cases you are actually in the Rock rather than on the edge as you have to pass through three different tunnels, we passed some of the less touristy sites as well including the crematorium tip and the scrapyard. A lot of the current Rock is actually reclaimed land you might be able to see the old walls in some of the pictures and anything outside of these is on reclaimed land. Most of the lowlying land to the North and West is reclaimed only the old docks used to be there.Read more

  • Day199

    More Rock

    October 31, 2017 in Gibraltar

    So today after buying some new batteries for the boat, and I'm not talking Duracell, we were tourists and took the cable car up the Rock then visited O'Haras battery, St Michaels Cave, Siege tunnels, Siege museum and Moorish castle before john had to have a Guinness and we wondered back to the boat. So here are some more photos both of the views and the monkeys

  • Day196

    Gibraltar

    October 28, 2017 in Gibraltar

    So we are now on the Rock, after leaving Rota we travelled 40 miles to Barbate for the night then 40 miles to Gibraltar on both days it started well then the wind picked up and was on the nose, but good news I wasn't actually ill although I did feel a bit rough. The scenery travelling from Barbate to Gibraltar was more interesting than it's been for a while, there are hills now it's been fairly flat since Albufeira, and we could be much closer in as no longer shoals within 2 miles of the shore. This is the first time we have had to moor up Mediterranean style and it was a lot less painful than we expected even going in stern too, we didn't hit anything which surprised us, but getting a new bow thruster should make this manoeuvre easier. We have had a quick wander around Main Street and saw an M&S, Debenhams, Mothercare and Morrisons as well as some typical pub names The Rock Arms, O'Reillys etc. We will be proper tourists tomorrow but don't worry we will be careful of the monkeys.

    Photo 1 is just the scenery/coast between Barbate and Gibraltar
    Photo 2 shows the Atlas Mountains poking their head above the clouds just off the bow of the boat
    Photo 3 is of the lighthouse on Tarifa a place that we have read has the highest suicide rate in Europe and apparently 360 out of 365 days of high winds, it was certainly blowing when we went past, the African coast was only about 8 miles away.
    Photo 4 is of scenery and what looked to us like a Martello tower.
    Photo 5 is of a tanker and the African coast
    Photo 6 is the Rock not the best angle but while we were coming across the bay it was covered in cloud and didn't clear until we had fueled up at a cost of 45.9 pence a litre, John was pleased with that price.
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  • Day393

    Day 394: Back to Gibraltar

    March 15 in Gibraltar

    Back on the mainland and time to get busy. Left our hotel in Malaga and drove a couple of hours down the coast to Gibraltar. Although I'd visited here almost exactly 12 months ago, I hadn't visited the World Heritage site and Shandos hadn't visited at all, so we might as well revisit.

    Parked in the same lot as last time, crossed the border on foot and then caught a bus across the runway into town. The world heritage site is right at the tip of the peninsula, so we caught a second bus down to the area. Miserable weather, intermittent rain though not as heavy as it had been on the way down.

    The site is actually some caves underneath the Rock that have really changed our understanding of Neanderthals who lived in the caves 50,000 years ago. Back then it was over a coastal plain, as the sea levels were much lower (ice age and all that).

    We had a look at the caves from the viewing platforms, filmed a bit, and had a 30 minute chat/presentation from a museum worker which was quite interesting. But otherwise there wasn't much to see, so we hopped back on the bus and headed into town. Did a little wandering, had some fish & chips at an Irish pub and then got the bus back across the border.

    Into the car where we drove a couple of hours north to Seville where we had a hotel for the next two nights. Was a bit tricky finding the hotel since it was down some narrow streets and the parking was actually two blocks away, but we made it in the end.

    Both quite tired after a long day of driving so we just went to a small tapas restaurant nearby. Nice to be back in Seville where our journey started, particularly since it's a city we both really enjoyed!
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