The festive period
Favorite thing: Christmas and New Year in Gibraltar are always quite festive and fun! The lights and decorations go up a few weeks before the holidays and you can feel a buzz in the air. This photo was taken on Christmas Eve I believe before the crowds all got off from work at lunch time and hit the bars! Gibraltar is mainly Catholic so Christmas is a big deal for them. At lunch time they pour into the main street and head for the bars where they all celebrate something or another (probably their next two days off work!) and by 6pm they stagger off home to be with their families. The next two days are like a ghost town! Then its back to work for a few days before we do it all over again for New Year!
Favorite thing: The petrol in Gbraltar is much cheaper than in Spain, so everyday we have hoards of Spaniards coming into Gibraltar to fill up their tanks. The only problem with this is that then there are always long queues to get out back into Spain! They probably use up a quarter of the tank just sitting in the two hour queue! CEPSA is a Spanish oil company, but its cheaper in Gib for some reason! So what do the locals get out of that I wonder?
Where do you want to go?!
Favorite thing: This is the runway crossing for both traffic and pedestrians. If a plane is coming in, or a fire engine needs to cross the road (they are based on the airport), then the barrier goes down for however long is necessary, and we all wait there until it goes back up again! If you are an avid plane watcher, this is THE place to come! The plane wooshes right past you an the noise is so loud! But you get great photos and videos from it! The only problem about this is that when you're in a rush the barrier nearly ALWAYS seems to be down! We used to have to time it when i was at school in Gibraltar to get there before the plane landed so i wouldnt be late for school! I dont think we ever managed it!
A modern day view of the Rock
Favorite thing: I took this photo as I was leaving Gib on my last day there in January. I am always sad to say goodbye to it, and luckily, the weather wasn't too bad, so I managed to take a good photo of it. I think it must look amazing to tourists as they enter and this is the first sight they see..very impressive.
This captures everything!
Favorite thing: I absolutely love this picture. It was actually a poster behind glass (hence the flash!) in the customs house as you cross the border into Gibraltar. I felt that it really shows how wonderful this small place really is. Much of the land is reclaimed meaning more people can live in modern housing rather than the previous places they were living in. To the left of the picture, you can see the runway. A very VERY short one at that! You've got to be a good pilot to land on this one!!! I think Gibraltar is also one of the only if not THE only runway in the world that people have to walk across to get to the other side!
Flying into Gibraltar
Favorite thing: For maybe the best view of Gibraltar you have to fly in. Over the years we have flown in from both sides and driven over the border from La Linea. Whenever we go we decide who is going to sit by the window and if we are lucky the pilot will fly around the Southern tip, around the Town and land with the rock on the right side. This is the best way to see Gibraltar from all sides in less than 5 minutes. Its the most dramatic landing ive ever experienced, and everytime I think ' will the plane stop in time, or go into the sea!'
Favorite thing: The local currency in Gibraltar is the Gibraltarian Pound. Notes and coins have a similar appearance and value to their British countertypes.
In Gibraltar you can also use British pounds. When taking money from a cash machine you sometimes have the opportunity to take either, and when chaning money you have the choice.
I advise you only to take British pounds, and to avoid taking any Gibraltarian pounds out of Gibraltar, since they can`t be used anywhere else, and can be difficult to exchange.Related to:
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- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: In the middle 1960's I had an aunt and uncle who were living in Gibraltar, he worked for the British Civil Service. I was about 14 years old at the time and they were going to pay for me to go out there on holiday, something my mum couldnt afford. But then all of a sudden my uncle died, he was only 51 years old. He was buried there and his wife came back to England.
Fondest memory: When we visited we found the cemetary and thanks to the poeple in the office at the cemetary we also found his grave. He was a lovely man and it was really nice for me to pay my respects at his graveside these many years laterRelated to:
- Family Travel
Duke of Kent House
Favorite thing: The Tourist Information office at Cathedral Square which is in the above tip, was the house of the Duke of Kent.
The plaque says that Prince Edward of Kent who was the 4th son of George III and father of Queen Victoria lived here during his time as Governor of Gibraltar in 1802.
The plaque was unveiled by his great great great grandson Duke of Kent on 18th October 1989.
This building is across the square from the Bristol HotelRelated to:
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: There are 6 Tourist Information Centres in Gibraltar.
At the airport
At the Cruise terminal
At the border
At Casements Square
At Gibraltar Tourist Board, Cathedral Square
Tel No. 350 74950
Fax No. 350 74943
The coach park.
We went in the one in Casements Square and the one in Cathedral Square, and I thought both of them were very lacking in information! In fact I dont think the tourists boards do enough to 'sell' Gibraltar.
There are very few leaflets, maps that are very inadequate.Related to:
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: As Gibraltar is celebrating 300 years the residents obviously think its a time for celebration, these apartments just near the Cable car had english, british and gibraltarian flags waving.Related to:
- Family Travel
Getting in and Out
Favorite thing: I was on a bus, and I'm not sure if this was normal, but it took an extreamily long time to get in and even longer to leave.
Perhaps because it's a part of Britan, I'm not really sure. But prepare to wait!
Capturing that sense of Britishness
Favorite thing: If you are not British then you can get some good pictures of items which seem very 'British' in Gibraltar. The policemen, and red post boxes are good examples.
Also the shops are very often the self-same ones found in any British High street. They also operate British opening hours - so no snoozy siesta here.
As a Brit, you get the feeling that the Gibraltarians are still very proud of Queen and country, and try to be more 'British' in a traditional sense than those of us who live in Britain proper.
North Front Airport
Favorite thing: I don’t think I’ve ever walked across an international border before. Drove, rode, flew… but not walked. And then to walk across an active runway of an international airport. Priceless.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: Around Casements Square and particularly up Main Street you will find quite a few buskers in many forms providing entertainment to passersby.Related to:
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