From The Top of the Rock of Gibraltar.

Gibraltar was a short 45 minute drive up the coast from Tarifa. P1030532 As we approached you could see why this was and is such a fortress. Standing about 1,400 feet out of the water with cliffs on all sides, it was an island only 20 miles from Africa with the straights of Gibraltar in between.  We parked just outside the border and crossed the border into Gibraltar on foot.  This being our 3rd country in 2 days we had our passports stamped, not required but we thought it would be a cool stamp.  P1030548After two short bus rides and a cable car (Alice was not thrilled with this part, but better than the 2 hour hiking option), we were on the top of the Rock of Gibraltar.  P1030578In addition to the view the other attraction was the monkeys.  P1030591Alice almost fell off the Rock laughing at me when one of the larger monkeys started to chasing me and jumped on my backpack thinking I had food – scared the shit out of me, the monkey not Alice almost falling.P1030565

We decided to skip the buses and walk back to the border through the town stopping for fish and chips, When in Britain and all that… One of the coolest things was walking across the tarmac of the Gibraltar airport – P1030607 P1030609The road from Spain to the Rock runs through the middle of the Gibraltar runway. They actually have traffic lights for when planes land and take off.

Next up – The Costa del Sol.

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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3 Responses to From The Top of the Rock of Gibraltar.

  1. Corinne says:

    Too cool! I think I would have fallen off the rock from laughing about the monkeys!

  2. Anne Russell says:

    Is there any British fortress (Fort ) still there?

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