A Suprising Visit to the United Kingdom

Gibraltar Travel Blog

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Looks like he is winning her over.
Cold weather and rain made us less excited about a trip to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and head south to the United Kingdom and the small city of Gibraltar.  The Rock of Gibraltar is the key attraction so we didn't expect much exciting in the city of 30,000 people, but we were surprised. The Queen's daughter and sister of Prince Charles decided to meet us there and take a view of the city.

Passports were required as we actually had to go through passport control to get into the city even though there was no stamp and they seemed happy to act like they were actually checking the passport.  When you cross the border it is pretty amazing that it is as if you are in the center of England.  The city switches to street signs in English with an occasional red phone booth, but the drivers still stay on the right hand side of the street.
Ana prepares to cross the border into the Gibraltar, United Kingdom from Spain. Yes, they really did check our passports.
  It is not unusual to find fish and chips at an English pub and the currency is the British pound even though euros were accepted.  While the local do speak Spanish they do so with a strong English accent.

We only spent about 4 hours in the city but would have preferred to spend the evening.  We took a taxi tour for 25 euros a piece to the top of the rock since the cable car was being replaced with a new one.  We did have to carefully avoid the caravan of reporters and police getting in the way or getting people out of the way of the Princess.  (Ana was disappointed that a princess could get so old, but I wasn't going to discuss this with the Royal Family.)  We enjoyed the views from the top of the rock, a short walk through some of the tunnels that have been used in wartime for hundreds of years and then enjoyed the playful monkeys at the top of the Rock before heading back to the train station for the next leg of our journey.
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Looks like he is winning her over.
Looks like he is winning her over.
Ana prepares to cross the border i…
Ana prepares to cross the border …
A last view of the rock (and a BP).
A last view of the rock (and a BP).
Joe stands in the middle of runway…
Joe stands in the middle of runwa…
The main square in Gibraltar.
The main square in Gibraltar.
A view of the rock from the main s…
A view of the rock from the main …
The main street in Gibraltar.
The main street in Gibraltar.
The woman in turquoise is Princess…
The woman in turquoise is Princes…
At the southern tip of Europe. In …
At the southern tip of Europe. In…
A view of the port and Spain in th…
A view of the port and Spain in t…
Ana making a new friend at the top…
Ana making a new friend at the to…
I quickly learned to watch my pock…
I quickly learned to watch my poc…
Even at the top of the rock I have…
Even at the top of the rock I hav…
A few from one of the lookout view…
A few from one of the lookout vie…
A cannon awaits the enemy from ins…
A cannon awaits the enemy from in…