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December - Gibraltar, UK
December 10, 2007
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December 10th, 2007
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The bow of the ship up to deck 7 of 18


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An odd statue tableau on a traffic circle near the docks


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Casemates Square is at the north end of Main Street, a pleasant pedestrian shopping area


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Stores on the square all decked out for Christmas


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Shoppers on Main Street


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A British style "Bobby" updated with appropriate terrorist defense items


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With public guardians of this caliber, it would be best not to get mugged


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Anglian denomination Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar


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Interior of the church


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Another store along Main Street


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Sentry outside of the Gibraltar Guard


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The old armory


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The Rock of Gibraltar was one of the mythical "Pillars of Hercules. This side shows the modern world


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The obverse depicts the world of antiquity


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Just 12 miles due south from the Pillars of Hercules is North Africa. The closest distance between Europe and N Africa is in Spain, a little to the west of Gibraltar, and is just 8 miles


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The "Rock" is actually limestone and contains an extensive network of stalactite and stalagmite bearing caves


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The caves were used as a hospital during WWII. The Queen and the Duke visited here in 1954


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The Barbary Apes (actually, tailess monkeys) make great efforts to get into the taxis as they stop to plunder any kind of foodstuff


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This one seemed content to just watch the parade


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At the exit of St Michaels cave, this little lady had adopted a beggar stance


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It is said that if the apes leave the Rock, so will the British. Winston Churchill actually imported additional apes from N Africa during WWII for safety


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Looks like this little fella had a successful raid


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Gibraltar bay and western Spain. The cruise ship can be seen at the right


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Here was "home" waiting for us to return for afternoon tea


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Around the rugged rock, the ragged rascal ranted


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A cannon in the siege tunnels. These tunnels were bored by the British to provide positions from which to fire upon the besieging Spaniards in 1783


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The airport runway, viewed from the siege tunnels, runs from the Mediterranean to the Strait of Gibraltar. Spain is in the background and the road is closed for each take-off and landing


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Marian, fast becoming the smallest member of our entire family, was thrilled that she still bests a British mailbox
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