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GIBRALTAR, UK

The Rock


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A rosy sunrise lights up the Rock of Gibraltar, a limestone mass almost 1400 feet high. (Some of the photos for this day were taken by a friend.)

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We took a tour that would bring us to the tunnels of World War 2 where thousands lived and worked deep inside the rock. See the website: www.discovergibraltar.com – it’s a fascinating story!

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When preparing for the defense of Gibraltar (land which is attached to Spain and is only 14 miles from the coast of Africa), everyone was evacuated except for men of working age.

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The Barbary Apes that roam the mountain are protected and fed by British caretakers. Gibraltar is a self-governing British colony and they believe Gibraltar will remain British only as long as the apes stay on The Rock. So they take good care of them!

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Because of its strategic importance The Rock was fortified with 30 miles of tunnels that were ground out of the limestone. General Eisenhower wrote, “Gibraltar made possible the invasion of Northwest Africa.”

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Our guide, “Smudge”, (AKA “Smith”) was stationed in Gibraltar in the military and decided to stay. He’s a proud Gibraltarian and said, “I love my job!”

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What? Another gun aimed toward the Serenity!

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The winding streets of Gibraltar are so narrow that our mini-bus driver had to get out and move a moped so that we could turn a corner.

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Beautiful.

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Classic.

Posted by Swenigale 08:35

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