22 Mar

… is a British Overseas Territory. (Confused? Watch this helpful video which TOTALLY clears everything up.)

In practical terms, this means that it’s a rock sticking out of the bottom of Spain, within sight of Africa, that’s more British than Britain.


This strange little place, the home of Spanglish, boasts monkeys:


and duty free booze:

It also has cannons. Hundreds of years of Moroccans, Spaniards, the Dutch, the French and the British fighting over this little rock have resulted in lots of tunnels, and lots of cannons. Lots and lots of cannons.


In fact, they love their shiny cannons so much that they have special little coats for them:

cannon coats

Ahh. There is masses to learn about the strange and complicated history of this bizarre rock, and we learnt most of it from people at bus stops, people on boats, and endless plaques. I for one had a lot of fun starting sentences in English and ending them in Spanish, or vice versa. A people whose first language is Spanglish is a happy people indeed. A friendly one, too.

But I think my favourite thing about Gibraltar is the hasty second world war airport devised by Churchill himself. He didn’t really think about future generations of people trying to drive in and out of Spain, since the airfield lies across the whole width of the peninsula, blocking off the only exit. The result is this:

green man

The green man that tells you when to cross the runway. I think the best bit of advice is “Please cross quickly”.


One Response to “Gibraltar”

  1. Susan in TX 27/03/2011 at 2:03 am #

    Thanks for sharing the photos! I love the monkeys…

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