Monkeys, British Pounds and a whole lot of walking
Jul 30, 2006
We were expecting the worst, sitting in our 8 person compartment... but lucked out by meeting 2 girls from Australia. The four of us quickly closed the door and had dinner and shared some of our traveling experiences and enjoyed the extra leg room.
Made it back from Morocco to Algeciras and hopped on the local bus for the 1/2 hour ride to Gibraltar. After breezing through customs, you have to walk across the airport (the actual runway!) to get into town. We caught a city bus part way up to the Moorish Castle, then hiked up the steep switchbacks towards the top. We passed the Apes Den, the tunnels constructed during WWII and several great vantage points. We stopped at one spot to visit with some of the monkeys that live on the rock. We thought they would be a bit hostile, but they were as tame as can be. They like to jump onto your backpack to check things out. Getting to the top was quite a workout but Lyn made it with ease. (and a few comments under her breathe thatI could not make out.) At the top there were phenomenal 360º views. Many lookout points along the ridge and a few leftover garrisons. In fact England still maintains military operations at the very top. We chatted with a nice couple from Toronto for a bit too long. They had taken the cable car up but had just missed the last one going down. So we had some company for the next few miles. Great pics along the way and interesting shopping at the bottom. Managed to pick up a few necessities and get rid of the 5 pounds from our London visit. Took the local bus for a quick tour around, then back to Algeciras for the overnight train back to Madrid.