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Gibraltar-My piece of the rock

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A June 1999 trip to Gibraltar by Barb B

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Quote: Just two and a half miles in length and not quite a mile wide, this giant rock crouches in the sea. For thirteen centuries five countries have battled for her rulership, and a colony of tailess apes has made it their home.

Gibraltar-My piece of the rock

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Overview

Gibraltar Photo, Gibraltar, Europe
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Just two and a half miles in length and not quite a mile wide, this giant rock crouches in the sea. For thirteen centuries five countries have battled for her rulership, and a colony of tailess apes has made it their home.

Quick Tips:

Don't miss the Cable Car ride to the Top of the Rock Station. Located on a World War II gun emplacement, the view is breathtaking.

Best Way To Get Around:

Taxis are the most convenient and comfortable way to travel. Although buses are available, they are old, crowded and hot.

Europa Point

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Attraction

Gibraltar Photo, Gibraltar, Europe
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The day was crystal clear when we arrived in Gibraltar, the gateway to the Mediterranean. Since both my husband and I are avid gardeners, we wanted a tour that would include some of the rugged landscape, flora and fauna of Gibraltar, as well as the beautiful views and other more popular tourist sites. Gibraltar is known to have over 600 varieties of flowers, within it boundaries and some varieties are found nowhere else in the world. Near the crowded city center, we found buses, mini-bus tours, cabs, guides and drivers of all ilk and variety; each willing, for a price, to provide a personalized tour of the rock. When choosing a tour guide, be sure to check the type of vehicle being u...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2000

St Michael's Cave

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St Michaels Cave Photo, Gibraltar, Europe
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We decided to join one of the many mini-bus tours that leave from the city center for our trip to St. Michael's cave. The weather was glorious and several cruise ships were in port, therefore, there was a very long line of cabs and buses up the hill toward the cave. For a while, it seemed that each tour guide and cab driver knew a "short cut" to the caves, until we all converged into the same narrow street leading to the cave. Our guide strolled with us along the walkway to the cave's entrance; then he told us we were free to explore the cave on our own and he would meet us at the exit. We followed the well-lit pre-established paths inside the cave, upstairs and down passing huge stalagmite...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2000

The Top of the Rock

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Attraction

Gibraltar Photo, Gibraltar, Europe
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For truly spectacular views of the Continent of Africa, the Straits of Gibraltar, the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean beyond, you need spend only the equivalent of about $8 (US). Take the Ariel Tramway (Gibraltar's answer to Disneyland's 'E' ride) to the Top of the Rock. You board the cable cars at the Lower Terminal Station in the center of town. Once inside the station, there are a series of 'cattle shoot lines' similar to those lines waiting for rides at Disneyland. The wait is not long, since two tramcars run continuously throughout the day. Built in 1966 and refurbished in 1986, each car accommodates 30 passengers and cars can travel at a speed up to 16.5 feet per se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2000

The Great Siege Tunnels

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Gibraltar Photo, Gibraltar, Europe
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Once again we called upon our previous guide Reynaldo to help us find an appropriate tour. My husband is a retired military officer and is very interested in military history. We had read much about the Great Siege and the series of tunnels within Gibraltar's great rock. 'Oh yes', Reynaldo said, 'there is a tour of the tunnels and it is usually not very crowded. I have a friend who will show you the inside of the tunnels'. So off we went, once again in Reynaldo's Toyota, up the side of the mountain toward the caves. He walked with us to the area where tour groups were forming and introduced us to our guide. We started off into the cave with a group of 8 people. The tour turned out ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Monkeying with the Apes

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Don't Feed the Apes!---Do Not Feed the Apes! Please, don't feed the apes. Signs all over the place, each one shouting the same refrain, DON'T FEED THE APES. So, what did I do? I fed the apes. Right, I did it! I fed them and I know it was wrong. However, it was not totally my fault. Our friend and guide Reynaldo gave me permission. He said the apes really expect the tourists to feed them and of course, they might also be hungry. The famed tailless Barbary Macaques apes are Gibraltar's most famous residents. They were brought to Gibraltar from Morocco and Algeria many centuries ago and today they are the only free-living monkeys in Europe. Currently the apes are most frequen...Read More