Rock of Gibraltar

Rock of Gibraltar

Rock of Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar is quite literally a huge rock forming a peninsular on the Spanish coast.  It is British territory and this photo is taken from the Spanish side, where Samantha and I went for a day while we were in Gibraltar.

Tunnels in the Rock of Gibraltar

Tunnels in the Rock of Gibraltar

Rock of Gibraltar tunnels

The rock is situated right at the neck of the Mediterranean sea and so it is possible to control the entrance to the Mediterranean from there – making it a much fought over area.

From the late 18th century until 1968 tunnels were dug within the rock – in the end making a network 34 miles long.  Holes were cut through to the outside for ventilation, but they could also be used for cannons if required.  The guy in red is a model of a soldier of the 18th century standing guard.

Monkeys of Gibraltar

Monkeys of Gibraltar

Rock of Gibraltar monkeys

As usual, I took hundreds of photos of and the problem has been deciding which ones to show you.  The people of Gibraltar must get fed up with people commenting on the monkeys whenever the Rock of Gibraltar is mentioned, but they are quite delightful and great fun to watch.  While we were there one of the monkeys stole an earring from a tourist but nobody dared to try and take it back from the monkey.  There are about 300 of them living free on the rock – numbers are controlled to stop them spreading down into the town below.

Quilts in Gibraltar

Quilts in Gibraltar

Rock of Gibraltar quilts

Obviously I was looking out for quilts while I was there, so I was delighted to find these two in display cabinets near a craft shop.  The background has the shape of Gibraltar marked out and the points of interest are appliqued on.  Very interesting.  I didn’t see any fabric or quilt shops while I was there, but I’m guessing there are probably some nearby in Spain.

Floor tile design

Floor tile design

What I did find, though, was this lovely floor tile design in the shopping centre.  I’m working on ideas to adapt this enough to make a reasonably simple quilt pattern.

Striped dolphins

Striped dolphins

Dolphin Watching

We went on a dolphin safari during our stay and were rewarded with many sightings of small striped dolphins who swam around and under our boat repeatedly.  They were so quick to surface and then dive down again that it was difficult to get photos of them above the water – my reactions are not what they used to be!

The road runs across the runway

The road runs across the runway

Rock of Gibraltar Airport

The airport in Gibraltar is right on the border with Spain and there is so little space that the road runs across the middle of the runway – in the photo the runway stretches from left to right and you can see the road running straight across it.  Luckily for the motorists, they don’t have many flights a day.

Caves in the rock

Caves in the rock

The Caves

One fascinating thing about the Rock of Gibraltar was the naturally formed caves.  These contain incredibly large stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over the centuries and the caves are huge.  They are now used to stage concerts which must be really atmospheric – what a wonderful idea.

Red bottle brush flowers

Red bottle brush flowers

Ring tailed lemur

Ring tailed lemur

Botanical Gardens

Finally I couldn’t resist bringing you two images from the botanical gardens.  The delightful red flowers on the left are called bottle brushes and they really did look just like bottle brushes.  We were able to walk through the enclosure of the ring tailed lemurs on the right.  They came right up to us and tried to rummage in our handbags.

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I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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  1. Thank you for the “tour” of Gibraltar – lovely. I could almost be there…
    And thank you also for the super fabrics and pattern for the Alpine Star Quilt. I’ve cut most of it, and have completed one block – it’s looking great! What a bargain! As I hand stitch all my patch seams it does take a while, but sooo enjoyable.
    I said I’d be back … and I’m sure to need some more fabrics again soon. Looking forward to my next purchases already.
    Thanks again, Brenda

    • Thanks, Brenda. You have certainly moved on quickly with making your alpine star quilt – especially as you are hand stitching. They are pretty fabrics, aren’t they. Thanks for the order.

  2. Cecilia Alcantar says:

    So much to see in 4 days and by your pictures, we shared your fun. Thanks!! Cecilia Alcantar

  3. Sounds like a wonderful break Rose. I think I’ll have to add Gib to my list of ‘must visit’ places. I look forward to seeing what you come up with from the lovely floor tiles.
    Carole (in Cyprus)

    • Hi Carole. I would say that you’re closer to Gib than we are, but I think that only flights from the UK go into Gibraltar. Mind you, there were a lot of people staying on the Spanish side and just coming across for the day.

  4. Those red bottle brushes are actually native to Australia from the Callistemon family they grow well in hot dry climates
    Karen

  5. Thanks so much Rose for sharing the pics,it looks amazing,I love the bottle brush flowers,and what a magic experience to actually go inside the rock.so pleased you “girls”enjoyed such a wonderful adventure together,love
    Carole

  6. Sounds like you crammed in as much as possible on your 4 day break in Gib Rose and constantly looking for quilting patterns. I too have hundreds of photos taken all over the world but have never used any to make a quilt pattern. You are an inspiration. Great to hear about your travels. Dianne

  7. Dear Rose – what a wonderful time you had on your holiday. Thank you very much for sharing it with us. I just love the pictures and I a sure you will create the most wonderful quilt based on the floor tiles.. I look forward to seeing it when you have time. I’ve never been to Gib. but it does look most interesting. You are so enthusiastic that I think they should offer you a job as official tourist encourager.
    all best Janny

    • Thanks, Janny – wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to travel on a tourist board account! I love taking these short 4 day breaks and of course having my daughter with me was a bonus.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    WOW! that was lovely. Thank you so much for the interesting tour. The floor tile looks to be a little like pink sparkle sandstone. Bet that was pretty to see.

  9. Joy Thornby says:

    My husbands favourite destination. He visited there numerous times while in the Navy and has taken me there several times. Wonderful place, specially the jewellery shops, we bought our wedding rings there just before we got married.
    Your photos brought back memories!
    best wishes
    Joy

  10. Looks like a great place and you’re having a wonderful holiday!

  11. Trish Tarbuck says:

    This is a lovely piece Rose,so glad you had a good time with Samantha.did you fly directly to Gibralter or did you land in Spain, have wanted to go here for a long time.Trish

    • Hi Trish. We flew to Gib (using up avios!) and our hotel was in Gib. It would have been cheaper to stay on the Spanish side, but we were a bit nervous of delays at the border – no point saving some money and then spending your time in a queue. In fact on the day that we crossed the border there were no delays and we had a pleasant day in La Linea.