Cable Cars with Barbary-Apes and Fog-shrouded Vistas..

April 2, 2015:  Yesterday took us all the way to Gibraltar where the Atlantic forces an entrance to the Mediterranean Sea.

Gibralter - looks like an island to me!

Gibraltar – looks like an island to me! (Taken through the bus window)

This 1400 foot limestone rock has stood its storied ground since the times before the ancient Romans and Greeks considered it one of the “two Pillars of Hercules, which marked the edge of the ancient world”. * The destination proved to offer the spectacular views we were hoping to see, even though the fog only broke briefly to reveal the very top of “the rock”.

(Taken with my iPod).   The Peak!

We admired the coast of the Iberian peninsula stretching from west to east, and disappearing into the fog. Behind us, the Moroccan Coast of Africa was still enshrouded in fog, to our disappointment.

(Taken with my iPod). Gibraltar’s runway and Spain’s coast

Our trip found us in a cab from our Costalita Villa to the nearby Estepona Avanza Portilla Bus Station which took us to the town of La Linea and the line demarking the political border between Spain and Great Britain. We then walked (much to my surprise, Gibraltar is a peninsula, not an island.) across the border, showing our passports as needed,

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(Taken from my iPod). Walking past the border patrol from Spain into Great Britain

and boarded another bus to the cable car and the short ride up to the top of the rock. (By the way, the Squaw Valley cable car ride is higher, longer, and much scarier.)

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We were greeted by a toddler Barbary Ape prior to getting off the cable car,

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Photo by Ingrid Molde, our travel companion, who first visited the Rock of Gibraltar as a twelve year old with her parents. Her family was traveling aboard a US Navy Ship on their way to be stationed in Sicily.

and then wandered around the top of the rock snapping pictures and watching the sea gulls below us play with and in the strong wind currents.

Following the descent on the cable car, we roamed around central Gibraltar, enjoying the evidence of the British culture.

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(Photo by Norm Ritter.).    Ingrid and Mary posting their letters in a British mailbox.

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(Taken with my iPod). Classic British telephone booth still in use.  Disclaimer: Not Ingrid.

After the two-hour bus ride back to Estepona, we had a Chinese dinner at the harbor in Estepona and taxied back to Costalita Villa, another tiring but rewarding day spent out and about, mostly on the plain in Spain.

*  Quoted from the online Encyclopedia Brittanica                                                               “Pillars of Heracles, also called Pillars of Hercules, two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar. The northern pillar is the Rock of Gibraltar at Gibraltar, and the southern pillar has been identified as one of two peaks: Jebel Moussa (Musa), in Morocco, or Mount Hacho (held by Spain), near the city of Ceuta (the Spanish exclave on the Moroccan coast). The pillars are fabled to have been set there by Heracles (Hercules) as a memorial to his labour of seizing the cattle of the three-bodied giant Geryon.”

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Wife, mother, retired educator, emerging artist. Mary has lived in 10 states and enjoyed them all ~ Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, California, Utah, Minnesota (return), North Carolina with long term visits to Colorado and Arizona. She likes to travel and create mixed media, quilted and fiber art. She has exhibited at the Page-Walker Art Gallery and History Center in Cary, NC; Durham-Orange Quilt Show; Minnesota Quilt Show; the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Quilt Fest of New Jersey.
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4 Responses to Cable Cars with Barbary-Apes and Fog-shrouded Vistas..

  1. candktravels says:

    You are having a fabulous trip! Am enjoying your blog!

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  2. muniqueblog says:

    Here is what I found out about climbing the rock:
    THE BAD NEWS IS…
    Concerning my page about climbing. The area of cliffs to my knowledge cannot be climbed which is a shame as the cliffs look to me like they cry out for that sort of attention. The main problem as stated before in that the area is swarmed with MOD and Air Ministry land… The best way of walking the area is just by following the roads up through the country park that take you through the beautiful landscape of this fine landmark and thats all I can say.

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  3. muniqueblog says:

    No rain, and it wasn’t an uncomfortable temp either. Interesting question about the rock climbing. I did see a walking path where people were walking to the top rather than riding the cable car. Why? I ask!

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  4. glad to see the rain stayed away from the plain in Spain long enough for you to see the Rock! I was wondering how the cable car compared to Squaw Valley. That mountain is so high and steep! Does anyone ever climb the Rock the way they do El Capitan in Yosemite?

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