Gibraltar, what a place, what a tour

Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
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Trip End Oct 27, 2010


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Another early morning spent updating my Blog. Lunchtime we headed 2mins down the road to a well-known buffet called Rocamar as recommended by ismael, the friendly owner of the hostel. We arrive 30mins early and cross the road to the maritime walkway. Its quite pictoresque and i take quite afew snaps of the waterway. The buffet is superb with the exception of a few dishes that spoil things a bit. We nick an orange each and i head off to Gibraltar to see an old friend from college in the UK, Bonnie Santos.
I cross the border to Gibraltar and am overwhelmed by the many different sights, sounds and smells! I get picked up by Bonnie after crossing the runway by foot which is a bit of a bizarre experience! Bonnie has her two beautiful girls with her and am promptly whisked away on my guided tour in Spanglish through little Britain!
We head off to the north eastern tip to a small town with a great beach, never thought i'd see a beach there like that. The sand actually looks identical in colour to the dark sand grey in Tenerife!
We go into town and am shown the new area with lots of posh developments and reclaimed land. We stop off at morrisons supermarket and refuel. I take the chance and buy some lucozade as i havent had any in years! Next we pick up Fabian, Bonnies nice husband. We head off to the southern tip of the island where new development is taking place to improve the public areas. From the viewpoint we can see Africa and its closer than i thought.
Next we head off to the hills on windy roads going first to the huge gun but cant access since its closed. The view is simply breathtaking. Thanks to Bonnie we have access everywhere since she is a local and knows everybody! Next part we visit the caves and its the first time i see stalagmites n stalagtites. It certainly is impressive and moreso that they have a small concert hall! The entrance was free for us...
The monkeys are next and theres lots everywhere all on the lookout for some bag of crisps or whatever they can get their hands on. I take many shots of these cute buggers and we head off to the moorish castle where Dylan, Bonnies brother works. After all those years he still looks the same! He takes u for a brief tour and again am overwhelmed by the beauty and hospitality of this place and people. For the final part we drive down through the town for some more sightseeing.
It has been an intensive day but very interesting day. I get dropped off at the border and must say it has been quite emotional, the superb tour, Bonnies lovelly family and their fantastic hospitality. Certainly was great to see her after all those years! Thank you!
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Buenissimo el reportaje you could always get a job for callejeros!! You have to come back soon xox

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