After the tunnels, we had covered a lot of uphill and downhill ground, and we were ready for a change. We had read/heard that shopping in Gibraltar is great. There’s no VAT (sales tax), so there’s all these great deals, so on and so forth. The big shopping area is off Main Street, so we decided to park the car, and check things out. It’s a charming part of town, but as we’re not big shoppers, it wasn’t really such a huge deal for us. We went into shops here and there, and found some stuff that we remembered from our days living in London (Ribena, Cadbury Flake, etc.). One of the things I miss about England is being able to go into a pub and getting a really good Chicken Kiev with some pub chips (french fries). Yum! So as we were walking by the numerous restaurants/pubs, I was on the lookout. One of the last places I looked at had it, so we stopped for a meal. Bev was hankering for some fish and chips, so she ordered them to go. How was it? It was OK. Not the best, but decent. After eating, we were all on the mellow side, and decided to head back to the car. On our way back to the car park, we stopped at the multi-story mall, and looked around. While Bev was wandering around, I found a puzzle book of the variety that she likes, and some Cadbury Eggs (love ‘em!).
Great Siege Tunnels
The Great Siege Tunnels were made by the British at the end of the 18th century to fend of the Spanish and French. It’s pretty amazing the work that went into carving out the tunnels. Not to mention how they got the huge cannons up there. I’m thinking that they must have had some short people in the “old days” because sometimes there was enough room for me to stand, and sometimes, not so much. As a rule, I don’t like walking around places where I may bash my head into the ceiling, so I waited back at the car while the rest of the (shorter) family continued on.
Rock of Gibraltar
All this time, the paths had been easy pavement. Next to the observation area, I saw a path up the rocky slope. Being the non-conformist that I am, Anya and I decided to go up. After all, there’s no sign telling me we can’t go up. I assumed that Heidi and/or Lars would follow after us. Some of those steps were brutal. One of them was about a third as tall as Anya, but she shinnied her way up, and we got to a very cool emplacement. You could tell where they had mounted weapons on the floor. There was also a small network of tunnels and rooms. At this point, we’re only about 15 feet from the highest point on The Rock. After admiring the view, we slowly made our way back down to the observation point, and walked a bit further up the road to see the other family of monkeys. They have an area where they lay out food and water, and there were some monkeys eating. I don’t know what it was, but the vibe with these monkeys was a lot different. Granted, there were a lot more of them, and there was a bunch of food around, but they just seemed a bit more aggressive. At one point, Lars is a few feet in front of me, and we see a large male monkey walk away from us with his goods hanging out. Lars shoots me quick funny look that only a ten-year old son can give, and to be adult about it, the only thing I could think of to say, was, “Yep. That’s a male.” Heidi was doing some filming when I see a big male walking up toward her. He had the bearing of one pissed-off monkey. So what does Heidi do? She gets out of his way! Seriously, he looked like he wasn’t going to take any crap from anyone. After that show of dominance, we wondered if Bev was bored, and made our way back down to her.