Friday, 18 August 2017

Happy Friday from Gibraltar

Happy Friday! I'm happy that:

1- We arrived safe and sound in Gibraltar. We had an amazing week exploring Madrid, Toledo, and Córdoba in Spain last week. On Wednesday, we took another train ride from Córdoba to San Roque La Linea station, about three hours in duration. That's from point B to point C on the above map. Click to enlarge the map. From there, we took a taxi, right across from the train station, to the border of Gibraltar, about 20 minutes long, and cost about 18€. There are buses that run every 30 minutes as well but we decided to go with the taxi ride.

2- We saw the Rock of Gibraltar in real life! It is huge and imposing at the border. Passport control was quick. Then we walked across the airport run way to arrive in Gibraltar. After a week of hearing mainly Spanish, now we hear more English. We walked to our hotel, noticing the ocean breeze from the Bay of Gibraltar. The temperature is about 25C or 77F, definitely less hot, but more humid, than in Córdoba.

3- We have a very nicely appointed room, with unobstructed ocean view. There are large tankers, cruise ships, yachts, and sailboats in the Bay. It's peaceful with the ocean sounds, and occasional calls from the sea gulls. We're staying here for six nights and enjoying the hotel amenities.

4-Our family and friends treated us to a nice cocktail party, with great wines and delicious appetizers. We're making plans to do some sightseeing in the next few days.

5- We've savoured the food, but notably the fruit, in Spain and Gibraltar. The nectarines, peaches, kiwis, plums, apples, pears, oranges, bananas, etc. all taste so sweet. Oh and the seafood here has been freshly delicious, too.

Have a great weekend, wherever you are!