Torremolenos - Rock of Gibraltar - Sevilla

Trip Start Nov 10, 2013
Trip End Nov 24, 2013

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Thursday, November 21, 2013

We were up at 7:00, bags out at 7:45 and left at 8:30.  We traveled west out of Torremolenos and before long we could see the Rock of Gibraltar in the distance sticking up behind the hills along the coast.  It took us about an hour and a half to get there.  We parked at the bus station on the Spanish and then got out and walked to the boarder crossing.  All we had to do was show our passport.  On the other side we got into two smaller buses with our tour guides Tom and Jerry!  We got in the bus with Tom and he started driving us around the island.  Our first experience was driving across the Airport Runway.  When a plane comes in or leaves they shut the street.  There was a
traffic jam when we got there because of the road being closed.  Half of the runway was built during WW II and the other half was added not long ago. They have added much to the island over the years by depositing all of the stone from the tunnels that are built. 

On our tour went past many places that had been fortifications during the war.  We went through car tunnels and Tommy told us about the 52 miles of tunnels that were made during World War II.  We saw the opening where you get into the tunnels.  We drove through the streets and he told us what each building had been used for in the war.  All of the civilians were evacuated during the war as Gibraltar was such a strategic place.  It was on Gibraltar that Eisenhower planned the invasion of Africa.  We went by shipyards and marinas.  Our first stop was at Europa Point where we could see Morocco on the other side.  We could see the Rift Mountains and a city on the other side. There was also a lighthouse and a mosque at the point.

We next drove up onto the rock to St. Michael's Cave.  We weren't expecting much but it was actually really neat with music playing and different colored lights on the different formations.  It was much bigger than we had expected.  Our next stop was a place along the road where we saw a group of Barbary Apes which are actually tree monkeys.  They are very tame and accustomed to people.  The bus that got there before us had brought a bag of oranges to feed the apes.  It is a 4000 pound fine to feed them!  Anyway they were very active, fighting over the food.  They went all over the buses and onto people.  The view from where we stopped was really good and we could see the tram that took people all the way to the very top.

When we got down to the town again, Raymond took us to the High Street which is the main street.  He pointed out the Roy's Fish and Chips as having authentic English fish and chips.  So of course we had to have them.  They were delicious but the regular portion was more than I could eat.  We walked down the High Street and stopped at a couple of camera shops.  I almost bought a new camera until I realized that the plug on the charger was an English plug.  That would be too much hassle so I decided to wait until I get home to get a new camera and put up with not being able to take close ups.  We also went to Marks and Spencer where we got Christmas cake and pudding, chocolate digestives and Jelly Babies.  (I will save some for you, Erin.)  On the way back to the bus we stopped at the Gibraltar Crystal factory where they still blow glass and saw part of a demonstration.  We got back on our tow buses and went back to the border.  Again, it was just show your passport and walk across.  We walked back to the bus station and got on our regular bus and headed to Sevilla.  We stopped once on the way and arrived in Sevilla (Seville) about 6:30.  We had time to get our rooms and change for supper in the hotel at 8:00.

Supper was a buffet with four stations:  soups, salads, main courses and desserts.  It was all very good.  I had a little bit of almost everything.  It had been another long day and we were ready for bed when we got to the room. 
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