Our first day in Gibraltar was
beautifully sunny with a view of the Rock and so we set off to look round the
shops and see if we could buy some of the items that we needed. First of all a
new laptop so that we could take it ashore to internet cafes when there was no
marina wifi connection. Fortunately at least this was achievable although
the duty free prices weren’t all they were cracked up to be! Secondly we
need a new dinghy as ours is literally falling apart at the seams. No
luck there, the only chandlery (currently located in the middle of a building
site) wasn’t able to help nor could they supply a new GPS which is also
on the shopping list. However the Morrisons supermarket did have our
favourite olives and some cheap books!
The following day one of our tasks was for both of us to
have our hair cut. Well it was achieved and Richards is fine, mine
however is another story and I may not need to have it cut again until next
year! I assumed (incorrectly) that as Gibraltar was British
that everyone would speak English…
Haircut lost in translation!
All our tasks done, more or less, including the purchase of
two 12v fans (hooray!) and the permacloud over the Rock having lifted, we set
off in about 90% humidity to see the sights. The day before we had walked round
the west side of the island, to the end of the road, where previously there had
been water catchment areas. I remembered these from my first visit about 40
years ago. What a change they are now disused and overgrown and water now
is supplied via desalination.
Old catchment areas
We took the cable car to the top of the rock which has
stunning views all around. The only problem is the cloud which keeps
coming and going.
Just before it disappeared in
We could see the marina and the airport runway right beside
it. Fortunately there aren’t too many flights and none at night.
Akibbon is on the second pontoon
from the right
Close to the runway or what?
The highlight of Gibraltar is
definitely the monkeys, or more correctly the Barbary Apes.
Is this my best side?
Oh do hurry up we can’t
pose like this forever!
I’m sure he has a birthmark
Brand new – this one was
only a few hours old
We also did try to see some of the other sights in Gibraltar but
unfortunately not all were open however we did manage a couple of photos.
Was this Pooey the pigeon having
followed us to Gib?