I met an old friend of mine on holiday!
By Gary Marsh
November 29, 2016 3:13pm CST
One of the places we visited on out cruise was Gibraltar. It is a lovely place and I am very fond of it. It is like a small town in the UK about 40 years ago but with the added bonus of a bit of sun thrown in. Gibraltar commonly referred to as the rock is near Spain and opposite Morroco. On the upper reaches of the Rock is a nature reserve which is home to a couple of packs of Barbary macaques. They originated from North Africa.They have been there long before the British settled on the Rock in 1704. It is against the law to feed or pet the apes. They are quite naughty and will grap people hats, sunglasses or ruck sacks as I witnessed at the top. A man put his rucksack on the floor while he took a photo and in a flash of light one of the apes had the bag and opened it looking for food and something to eat. Luckily for the man one of the people who worked in the cafe came out with a long stick and got the bag back for him! Strategically it is a very useful place for monitoring the shipping going in and out of the Mediterranean sea. Deep inside the rock are war tunnels dug out during the war. Here the armed forces operated during the war. Planning and monitoring shipping movements. Deep inside the Rock are some caves where they hold concerts. There are stalactites and stalagmites that are lit up with colourful lights giving a beautiful appearance. The town is quite quaint and it is a duty-free port so many things are cheaper there than on Mainland Europe. We had around 7 hours to wander around the town. We went to the top of the rock in a cable car much faster than walking up I can tell you. We had a fantastic time there as usual.
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• United Kingdom
30 Nov 16
On your next cruise through Europe I would highly recommend it DianneN. It has a very unusual airport. The runway goes over the road so when a plane is landing or taking off they put barriers up to stop the traffic from driving over the runway! You would think it quite quaint.
• Midland, Michigan
7 Dec 16
So, did your friend happen to be on the same cruise that you took and that's how you met up, or did you run into them on land instead? THat's a lot of info about that area. I believe that's near where Barry went although I know he wasn't on that cruise. sounds like you had a fun time.
• United Kingdom
10 Dec 16
It is a quaint piece of 'Olde England' that seems around 30-40 years behind the UK. It is a little like a time warp. Yes Barry visited Gibraltar trying to muscle in on my girl friend! She turned down his charms. The old boy just can not cut it!
29 Nov 16
I went twice to Gibraltar to see the monkeys. The first time when I was a kid, and then when I went to the Universal Exposition in Seville in 1992. In my memories Gibraltar is a strange place : there is a border, which is something that had already disappeared in continental Europe in 1992. People were speaking a bizarre Spanish (was it really Spanish ?), and, yes, the town was looking like an old English town. I would like to go there again.
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
I remember reading Paul Gallico's Scruffy about a soldier stationed there and a particular monkey. I've forgotten the rest so need to reread it. They give concerts in some of the caves here too but I've never been lucky enough to get to one.