Today was a day off in Gibraltar and as in Cadiz it
turned into a walking marathon. We had originally planned to take the
cable car up the rock but high winds meant that it was not operational. We
decided to walk around all the sights instead but this turned out to be a
rather exhausting thing to do as most of them are located several hundred
feet above sea level. Even the Duracell Bunny struggled with the heat and
the hills. Fortunately we were revived mid-way with a sausage, egg, bacon
and beefburger sandwich in a touristy cafe.
Many people had said to me that Gibraltar was
not worth visiting but I disagree and found it quite an
interesting place, for a day trip or weekend. Because of the
geography it reminds me a little of Hong Kong (a smaller, seedier 1970s
version). The tunnels dug to protect the island from siege by
the Spanish, the St Michael Caves and the apes colonies are well worth
a visit. The views from the rock over to Spain on one side and Africa on
the other are also quite spectacular and also a bit Hong Kong like.