A Walk Around Gibraltar

Name of walk A Walk Around Gibraltar
Date of walk 2012-09-14
Gibraltar has its very own micro-climate, and unfortunately its British! Whilst nearby Spain was in sunshine The Rock was shrouded in cloud. A bit of a home from home!
I have always wanted to visit Gibraltar, my grandfather worked here for the MOD in the 70`s and my grandmother loved her time there and would regale me with stories of her adventures when I was younger.
Once again we decided to tour on foot. We had eight hours to explore before having to return to the ship.
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Looking up towards the summit and the Moorish Castle we would visit later this afternoon.

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We walked along Main St. The Cable Car Station is at the end

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Trafalgar Cemetery contains the graves of some of the sailors who died from wounds received at the Battle of Trafalgar

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View back to the ship on the ride up in the cable car.

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Just passing the mid station, soon we would be engulfed in cloud.

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No views at all from the summit cafe and viewpoints. So Brendan makes friends with a Barbary Ape, which are tail-less monkeys or macaques.

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A family group.

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View down the very steep Mediterranean Steps that lead down part of the east side of the rock. We headed off south for St. Michael's Caves.

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St. Michael's caves are made from Jurassic limestone and contain spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, pillars and flow structures.

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They have found bones of Neanderthal and Neolithic man here.

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The main cavern, with its marvellous acoustics, functions as a concert hall for music, opera and drama.

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It is a popular place! We were there at the same time as a German and a French tour group.

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Awesome! Sorry these are grainy pix but I needed to change my settings as it was so dark and I had no tripod!

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Cross section through a stalagmite pillar.

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Brendan and Tom next to a stalagmite

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You are not allowed by law to feed the monkeys, fines are up to £500, but the tour mini-bus taxi drivers take no notice.

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We head from the south end through the Upper Rock Nature Reserve towards the northern end and the Great Siege Tunnels. Spain in sunshine!

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Looking down the steps that lead down to a lower level. There is a lot of uphill and down hill walking!

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Bored, bored, bored!!!

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Heading back north we pass the cable car.

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Now that's a fungus!

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Sunshine approaches.

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WWII gun emplacements.

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The route into Spain across the runway.

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The end of the very short runway.

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I hope no one fires that cannon, it is pointed at our ship!!

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A cemetery next to the runway?

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Looking east now the cloud has gone....pity we are no longer on the summit!

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View out from The Great Siege Tunnels, excavated 1779-83. There are 30 miles of tunnels in the rock!

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Remember which way we came!

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Soldier models.

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We now headed further down the rock to the Moorish Castle passing a very smug looking cat!

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The entrance of the castle.

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The walls of the castle (dates from 1333) are pitted with the scars inflicted by numerous battles.

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Back on Main St. we visit the Catholic Cathedral of St. Mary The Crowned. This morning the church was surrounded by police checking drains for bombs. It was the start of the legal season and the area was throbbing with lawyers in wigs and robes.

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It is built on the site of a Moorish Mosque.

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A stained glass window of Pope John Paul II.

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We rest our weary feet in a cafe for a late lunch after six hours of walking. We then continue on with a tour of the shops and the duty free! The kids were out of school by now, all in their school uniforms and speaking english. If it wasn`t for the temperature and plant life you would think you were in England!

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Before we head back to the ship we stop off at the Nelson Pub for a drink. Only the British have this type of humour!

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The Piazza.

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Looking back up to the rock summit now in sunshine

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We had definitely made the most of our time, walking for over seven hours, but still hadn`t seen everything! No time for a visit to Europa Point or a ride around the east side. The Rock from the ship as we head out to sea.

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Europa Point on the far right..

We head off to mainland Spain.
Must come again to Gibraltar, a great place!

 

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