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Hanging with the monkeys at the Rock of Gibraltar

Greetings from the southern tip of Spain…wish you were here!

This photo was taken in May 2004 at the Rock of Gibraltar in Spain.

The Rock of Gibraltar is an unusual place located at the southwestern tip of Spain.  The rock in itself is made of limestone and launches well over 1,000 feet tall into the sky.  What makes this place so different is twofold.  First, it is actually part of the United Kingdom (the sovereignty was transferred to the UK from Spain in 1713 after the War of the Spanish Succession).  Second, and more impressively it is home to hundreds of Barbary Macaques, the only population in the entire European continent.

As you climb up the rock, you are mesmerized by the playfullness of the monkeys who remind you that the African continent is not far away.  The views are spectacular and at that point in my life, it was the closest to Africa I’d ever been.  I closed my eyes, inhaled and dreamed of Africa.

Written by thirdeyemom



    • Thanks! I would probably say no. The only thing cool really was the monkeys and not much else. I wanted to catch a glimpse of Africa. At that point, I hadn’t been there yet and we were planning to go but I was 12 weeks pregnant with my first child and a little nervous about traveling there. The Spain trip ended up being a bust mostly because I had morning sickness, couldn’t drink and was tired!!!!! Not the place you want to go when you are pregnant!!!!! Especially for a wine lover like me!

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