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Day 53, 19 May 2009

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Spent the afternoon in Gibraltar – five hours solid walking in fact. So another tiring day on these sore stressed pegs!

As we entered the port the P&O superliner, Ventura was docked. I’m so glad I’m not on that oversized apartment block. As the captain correctly surmised: “it might have size, but we have elegance” – so true.

Places visited today include:

  • Main Street shops – very British right down to the Bobbies
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary the Crowned
  • Trafalgar Cemetery – next to the Southport Gate. The graves are those of British sailors who died at Gibraltar after the Battle of Trafalgar (1805)
  • Cable Car to top (at 450m) and from the Ape’s Den down


  • Upper Rock Nature Reserve


  • St. Michael’s Cave – amazing acoustics and used for classical concerts; magnificent stalactites and stalagmites beautifully illuminated; its size is impressive


  • Ape’s Den – home of the tailless monkeys (not apes at all). Legend has it that when the monkeys disappear from Gibraltar, so will the British.


  • 100 Ton Gun – installed in 1884; it can fire shells weighting 910kg up to 8 miles!

When I think back on Gibraltar: lots of babies in prams (yes, very odd), LOTS of tourists, lots of cheeky monkeys, and very cramped for space. A nice day in a nice spot of the world – although I could have used more time.

Posted by dpedler 16:01 Archived in Gibraltar Tagged gibraltar

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