Week 133 of Gibraltar Diary

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Sunday 26th September 2010

At Luton airport there is a very cool plane which one would assume has some connection with Ceylon. Or maybe not?

In due course we descend into Gibraltar through heavy clouds.

Monday 27th September 2010

I have never seen a Liquid Natural Gas tanker this close in - usually they stay well out to sea for very good reasons.

Tuesday 28th September 2010

The place is so crowded with cruise liners that for several hours the Queen Mary 2 has to wait offshore for a berth. The world-wide recession does not seem to have reduced the numbers, contrary to what I would have expected.

Wednesday 29th September 2010

This is the MSC Orchestra coming into Gibraltar harbour.

Thursday 30th September 2010

In the early afternnon, we set off for Vejer to eat at a nice little place called Taperia del Califa. When we get there the outside eating area contains a woman with two young screaming kids, one of whom chucks a rock at us. At this point I launch a tirade of abuse at her and they get the hint and leave.

On the way down we take a wrong turning and find ourselves descending down a narrow alley which gets even more narrow. Fortunately, our hire car is only tiny and we manage to get through.

Eventually, we end up on the beach somewhere near Algeciras where our nerves are calmed by the sight of very relaxed looking ladies on the beach.

Friday 1st October 2010

HMS Kent (F78) has been coming and going over the last few days and is currently moored up in Gibraltar harbour.

In the evening we go to the cinema and see Going the Distance which is fun but a film that cannot make up its mind whether to be serious or ludicrous. Quite fun though. Afterwards we share a pizza at Mamma Mia's

Saturday 2nd October 2010

We drive to Castillia del Castellar which as always is beautiful but deserted.

And full of cats and houses for sale.

An Autogyro flies over us. Much faster and noisier than I had imagined.


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