Pillar Boxes of Gibraltar
Favorite thing: Somehow the last few years the history of the Post Office and anything to do with it’s of great interest of mine and it has all started when I discovered the Queen Victoria’s wall pillar box in a small alley off Cannon Street. Wherever I go I take photos of the Pillar Boxes and I try to discover the year that there were produced. In Gibraltar I have only seen few of them but I’m sure there must have been many more around which I think I have missed them.
On all the Pillar boxes you will find the key of Royal Cyphers and the first photo it has the Queen Victoria (VR) but it was only installed in 2009 in honour of Miss Kaiane Aldorino who was crowned Miss Gibraltar in 2009 and then Miss World in the same year. This is outside Gibraltar airport.
Second photo is King Edward VII (EVIIR) reign 1901-1910.
Third photo is a Pillar box with King George V(GR) reign from 1901- 1910 no recollection on this one.
Fourth photo is Queen Elizabeth II (GVIR) reign from 1952 to present outside the main Post Office in Main Street.
Fifth photo again it’s from Queen Victoria (VR) and it’s outside the Supreme Court in Main Street.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Being the sixth extreme airport in the world it does makes it some kind of special.
The whole airport it has been built within 2.3 square miles and with the minimal space they had to work on and a lack of flat space available to build a runway they have built the runway on their busiest road. The road it has got four main lanes and it’s the road that it crosses the border to Spain so a lot of pedestrians and cars are using it all the time.
Every time a plane needs to take off or land they do close the peninsula’s busiest road to cars and pedestrians up to ten minutes and sometimes longer. When the barriers come down and the traffic stops it creates so much traffic in the centre that you automatically know that a plane has landed or taken off.
When the plane lands you land in front of the rock but the runway starts from the sea and on the left you are looking into Spain.
You can see the border into Spain on the first & third photo and it's just beside where the trees are.Related to:
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Gibraltar Map & Guide
Favorite thing: For one pound or one Euro you can buy a large map and a guide of Gibraltar from anywhere around the city. I have seen one on by the bus station, one by the Holy Trinity Church one by the Botanic Gardens.Related to:
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In the Footsteps of John and Yoko!
Favorite thing: No one warned me that the registry office in Gibraltar is a simple dreary room. I was glad I didn't wear my glam clothes. Our one witness (my daughter) wasn't enough. We asked a couple in the queue, who were also getting married that day if they would agree to act as our witnesses. They were really happy to do so.
But the bossy registrar wouldn't allow this, and called in someone from the office instead.
Fondest memory: Gibraltar is too small and overrun with traffic for my liking, but there are interesting things to see.
We allowed ourselves a day in Gibraltar to do all the paperwork, go to the notary, order the flowers etc. and have a nosy around the town. But you have to book the date of your wedding a couple of week's in advance.
Before the ceremony the male registrar wagged his finger, warning us that we were about to make a big commitment and told us to take it seriously. It was like being told off in the headmasters office. I wouldn't have minded if we were teenagers, but we were in our 50's!
As soon as the ceremony was over we drove as fast as we could (only half an hour stuck in the slow traffic trying to leave Gibraltar ) to the fresh air of Ronda in Spain where we honeymooned.
Imagine! John Lennon and Yoko Ono got married in Gibraltar in 1969
"We chose Gibraltar because it is quiet, British and friendly. We tried everywhere else first. I set out to get married on the car ferry and we would have arrived in France married, but they wouldn’t do it. We were no more successful with cruise ships. We tried embassies, but three weeks’ residence in Germany or two weeks’ in France were required"Related to:
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Favorite thing: You can spend British pounds and Euros in Gibraltar. Your pound is best as you won't always get the best exchange rate. There are British banks and post offices in Gibraltar. The police are british. You drive on the right, as in Spain and not as in the UK. Do not break the speed limit. There are regular speed traps. Do not park illegally - the tow truck is always on the prowl and works quickly. There are several pay car parks and they are very cheap and secure. Petrol is cheap. The cheapest place to get petrol is not always the first garage as you enter Gibraltar. Check out the garage at Morrisions supermarket.
If you want to see the sights in as little time as possible, take a rock tour on one of the organised trips. They are not expensive and well worth the money. The small minibuses leave from near the border crossing.
Quickest way into town and the shops is taxi or one of the city buses. Buses are very cheap and regular.
Gibraltar has several sandy beaches that are well cared for and clean. One of the best is Eastern Beach, close to the airport. The beach is long and wide and has good facilities. Other beaches include Catalan Bay, Sandy Bay, Little Bay and Camp Bay on the western side.
There are no camping facilities in Gibraltar and trailers/caravans are not allowed over the border.Related to:
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You will cross the airport runway.
Favorite thing: Gibraltar is so small that you will need to drive across the airport runway when entering or leaving from Spain.
The control tower keeps track on arriving and departing planes and makes sure that people only cross the runway when it´s safe.Related to:
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The runway of Gibraltar's airport
Favorite thing: The runway at Gibraltar's airport is famous for crossing the main road between Gibraltar and Spain.
Several times a day, when a plane is due to land or take off, sirens sound and pedestrians and traffic come to a halt.
The sirens sound in plenty of time. First, any pedestrians crossing the road are hurried along and any further pedestrians are prevented from starting to walk across.
A few minutes later, the barriers come down and the road is closed to traffic.
There are plenty of security staff to ensure that nobody attempts to venture onto the runway and to ensure that the runway is clear of any litter or debris.
Within minutes of the plane landing or taking off, the barriers go up again and normal commuter activity resumes.
It can be frustrating if you find yourself held up at the barrier when you want to be somewhere on the other side of the runway, especially when you can see that the incoming plane is still several minutes away from landing, but safety concerns dictate that the road is closed in plenty of time.
As airport runways go, Gibraltar's is surely one of the most spectacular and unique in the world!
The Irish Connection
Favorite thing: What exactly is the Irish connection with Gibraltar or is there any connection at all ? We have Lynch's Lane ( my ancestors, definitely ) and Irish Town, a long street parallel with Main Street, right in the centre of the old Town, but why did they get these names ? Google or Wikipedia have no answer to this connection so one can only surmise.
Were Irish builders involved in construction work here ?
Is the connection to do with a battalion of the 89th Regiment of the Irish Fusileers who served in Gibraltar in the 1800s ?
We can be fairly sure that the Irish connection is not in memory of the three IRA members gunned down in Gibraltar by the SAS on March 6th., 1988.
It's also fairly safe to overlook the theory that it's so-called becaue of Irish pubs nearby. You would be amazed at the number of people who do in fact think this !
Gentle reader, if you know something I don't now about this then please, share the secret with all of us.Related to:
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The end of our southwest Spain adventures
Favorite thing: By this stage of our trip to Spain, we had already spent one night in Madrid, two way up the coast in Alicante (far right side of the map) and then another nine nights exploring the network of 'orange' roads shown on this map. At that point Sue's sister returned to England and the two of us then just did our own thing, without any pre-booked accommodations.
Fondest memory: We ended up with a night in Nerja, two in Tarifa and one in Vejer de la Frontera on the Atlantic coast before New Year's Eve loomed before us without any accommodations being arranged. That was when we decided to leave Tarifa, taking in Gibraltar while on our way back to a hostal in Torremolinos (where we had spent one night with Sue's sister). In the end, our plan worked well and we had no problem getting a room, although it then cost 60 Euros instead of 40 Euros!Related to:
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Royal Gibraltar Regiment
Favorite thing: The Royal Gibraltar Regiment began in 1958 and is the home defense unit for Gibraltar. The regiment is manned by volunteer and regular soldiers and was granted a Royal title in 1999 which has elevated its standing and allows the unit to fire gun salutes from the Tower of London. They are also responsible for the Ceremony of the Keys in Gibraltar which is a re-enactment of the locking of the gates to the garrison and the old town.Related to:
Favorite thing: Jules Vern was a visitor to Gibraltar. Verne first visited from Tangier aboard the Saint-Michel III – a steam yacht he owned. His first call ashore was to the Governors Residence – The Convent and to later dine at the Royal Hotel. His second visit was in 1884 on the same vessel/ Je was fascinated by the fortifications and the artillery – not to mention the apes he discovered. He later wrote a short story called Gil Braltar.Related to:
Dialling code for Gibraltar-NEW!
Favorite thing: Gibraltar's first telephone exchange was set up in 1886 as a private enterprise and then taken over by the Government of Gibraltar. In the 1970s there were three generations of automatic telephone exchange equipment in use with four and five digit numbers.
Telephone connections between Gibraltar and Spain were severed by the Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco, in 1969, and were not restored until 1984. However, Gibraltar experienced restrictions after that date causing problems with its telecommunications system, as a direct result of the Spanish sovereignty claim.
Until February 10, 2007, Spain continued to impose restrictions on Gibraltar's ability to expand and modernise its telecommunications infrastructure. These included a refusal to recognise the Gibraltar's International Direct Dialling (IDD) code (+350) which restricted the expansion of the Gibraltar telephone numbering plan, and the prevention of roaming arrangements for Gibraltar GSM mobile phones in Spain and vice versa. Following the signing of the Córdoba Accord between the Governments of Gibraltar, the United Kingdom and Spain in September 2006, these restrictions were removed with effect from February 10, 2007.
Since 1 October 2008 telephone numbers for landlines and mobile phones in Gibraltar are eight digits long. Prior to this date, landline numbers consisted of five digits starting with either 4, 5 or 7, while mobile phone numbers remain unchanged. Since this date all calls to existing Gibtelecom five digit landline numbers have to be prefixed with 200, making the numbers eight digits long.
Thus 52200 becomes 20052200 and when dialled from outside Gibraltar +350 200 52200.
Duration of stay
Favorite thing: You can actually walk to Gibraltar in a few minutes from the Spanish city of La Linea de Conception (often shorted to La Linea).
If you arrive in the morning, spend one night either in La Linea or in Gibraltar, you will still need some of the next morning/early afternoon to see the Rock.
If you arrive in the later afternoon or early evening, you will be really rushed to see everything the following day without spending a second night.
This would be a minimum. But if you want to get a more intimate feel for the area and/or do some shopping, definitely spend at least two nights in the area. Lodging in La Linea is typically a bit more economical than staying in Gibraltar.
Favorite thing: Gibraltar is a little corner of England embedded within Andalusia - like many other places like TOrremolinos or Marbella, with the difference that Gibraltar is an OFFICIAL corner of England... you speak English, you pay with British pounds, you make phone call from red phone boots and you take a double-decker bus from the border into the centre... mind you, you can even get true British weather: it rained cats and dogs the day I went there.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Gibraltar, however, was getting there... and I will explain. When we arrived in the Spanish border town La Linea de la Conception, we immediately headed towards the rock, found the border post, crossed the border post, found the bus driving into town and... big surprise. Gibraltar airport sits right after the border, so to drive into town, you have to cross the runway. It did feel strange... this is my fondest memory. I don't think I'll find another place where you need to cross a runway to get to the city.
Favorite thing: Its worth taking a stroll around Marina Bay to marvel at some of the boats and yachts moored there, and wonder how much they might cost.
You can also take a dolphin spotting trip from here and there are a couple of pleasant waterside seafood restaurants.Related to:
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