Back in Monopoly land, almost!!

A day visit to Gibraltar will make you think that.  

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 my first stop was at picadilly bar for a hot chocolate and cinnamon bun. The bun was amazing, moist, plenty on cinnamon, and a huge dollop of apple sauce on top then plenty of walnuts for garnish. Yummo. 

my first stop was at picadilly bar for a hot chocolate and cinnamon bun. The bun was amazing, moist, plenty on cinnamon, and a huge dollop of apple sauce on top then plenty of walnuts for garnish. Yummo. 

 Queeny visited here in 1954, on her way to Australia. She opened the botanical gardens.  

Queeny visited here in 1954, on her way to Australia. She opened the botanical gardens.  

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rather than take the cable car to the top I did a tour. 

Rose, our guide was the very best example of a tour guide. Multi skilled or what! Great driver fitting her  10 seater van where I wouldn't even take the subi. All the way talking in English and then Spanish. She is a Gibraltarian. Her parents also, they were both taxi drivers, so it's in her DNA!! She was pleasant, obviously had a good rapport with fellow guides and confident enough to share her opinions on local economy, policies for animal welfare in the nature park and politics in general. She also listened and happy to learn that eucalypts also grow in Australia. All her passengers thought she was marvellous. 

 

 two gibraltarians and an Aussie 

two gibraltarians and an Aussie 

 there are about 200 macaques on Gibraltar. They are fed each morning by park staff and do not bother the visitors. In fact it's probably the visitors that bother then. This one was resting by the ubiquitous eucalypt. 

there are about 200 macaques on Gibraltar. They are fed each morning by park staff and do not bother the visitors. In fact it's probably the visitors that bother then. This one was resting by the ubiquitous eucalypt. 

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Gibraltar looking North along the Spanish Mediterranean coast.  

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Annie in the middle 

 

 

 looking south to Africa. 

looking south to Africa. 

then it was time for lunch, downtown on Trafalgar street to the Angry Friar pub. Mixed grill on the menu, I had chips!! 

Downtown was pretty, with a hint of French influence in the architecture?? Not the geraniums or jacaranda though  

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 All that on one plate!! 

All that on one plate!! 

History lesson, gleaned from the fabulous Rose 

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the Moors were the first to settle Gibraltar and built this castle. Since then the Spanish took over and then finally the English. Winston Churchill has been quoted to say that while the macaques are in Gibraltar it will remain English. The walls of the castle/fort are almost a metre thick. Lots of stairs inside. 

 

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Inside looking out  

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vegetation on the outside with root system trying to get inside 

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seiges  a Plenty 

 

 inside St Michaels Cave. No guides here, it would have been great to have had Gail from Mole Creek in this one. Visitors running amok everywhere. No Rose either. 

inside St Michaels Cave. No guides here, it would have been great to have had Gail from Mole Creek in this one. Visitors running amok everywhere. No Rose either. 

 a girl from tassie at Hercules Columns. 

a girl from tassie at Hercules Columns. 

 fuel for the container ships is tax free in Gibraltar. That might explain why it is such a busy port. 

fuel for the container ships is tax free in Gibraltar. That might explain why it is such a busy port. 

and this scat belongs to . . . ?

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