Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.
When my daughter and I had a week’s break in Algeciras shortly before her first child was born, we took the opportunity to catch a bus to Gibraltar for a couple of euros. The Rock of Gibraltar is an unusual place and not without controversy being under British rule though situated at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. The main street is a mini English High Street with all the well-known stores, though the prices are a little better without the added taxes. And the runway crosses the main road into town, so you are held up whilst planes take off and land.
People are crammed into ugly flats at the base of the rock with very little space and what was noticeable then were the different national flags being flown from almost every balcony! There are several natural places to visit and of course up on the rock itself you find the Barbary Apes and great views across the Straits of Gibraltar to Africa. I later discovered that Gibraltar boasts the only known street that has an example of a letter box from each British Monarch since they were first introduced in 1852 during the reign of Queen Victoria.
So maybe it is time for another visit.
26 thoughts on “home thoughts from abroad”
Unusual shot but instantly recognisable. This one clutches at my heartstrings because of Kate. I can never think of Gibraltar without thinking of her and I will never go back for the same reason. 🙂
Did you ever meet Kate? She was a lovely person from what I could gather from her comments and posts. I had forgotten that she came from around here.
One of those regrets! We were only there on a day trip from Tavira and I didn’t make contact beforehand. Wished I had xx
These things happen.
Exactly what I thought. There was a tentative idea that on our next trip to Portugal we might try to meet, maybe at their property in Spain.
Castles made of sand ….
It’s over a year already. Says something that one can miss a person yet never having met them.
It does Ark. I have a Brummy friend who died even younger that I often think about too. I wonder how Kate’s husband is coping xx
I occasionally wonder as well. From Kate’s writing he struck me as an outdoorsy sort of bloke but with little time for Laptops etc. so I doubt any more news will be forthcoming.
C’est la vie. Can’t be having with too much of this maudlin. Not good for one’s constitution.
Still miss her, though!
We move on …
We have to. Life in the Algarve beckons 😃. Take care xx
Not a place that calls to me…
No I can’t see it as your kind of place. We only went to do some shopping.
Get what. You wanted?
I seem to remember it was cigarettes and booze! Duty free of course.
Unmistakably Gibraltar of course. I have never been, and never really wanted to.
I also think it’s high time we grew up, and gave it back to Spain. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete. x
Can’t argue with that Pete.
I guess I’ve never really thought about what Gibraltor might look like so your photo rather surprised me. Surrounded by ‘civilization’ wasn’t what I would have expected – not to mention the air strip cutting across the main street. Nothing bad can possibly happen from a location like that – nothing at all.
I’ve never been there so this photo is quite interesting. I’m guessing the rock is that monolith. Is Gibraltar the town as well as the island?
It is a British Overseas Territory and city and the Rock of Gibraltar dominates the headland. All the same name I believe.
I visited Gibraltar on a school cruise when I was 14. I still remember how exciting it was to see the apes running around freely, and that we were warned that they were very good pickpockets!
We did see some of the Barbary apes, they looked as though they could give quite a nasty bite!
I’d be giving them a very wide berth these days, but as a young girl – it was a bit of a challenge to get as close as we dared!
One of those places I’ve yet to visit…….one of these days.
I wouldn’t rush.
Ah!! Thanks for the warning 😊
A friend recently flew into Gibraltar. Clueless me didn’t know it had an airport and for some reason I always thought it was separated by the sea!
I think you get that impression. At least I did too. Separated by the runway!!
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