Jake’s Sunday Post theme this week, ‘Solid’, immediately brought to mind that old saying which I believe must be a universal idiom, “As solid as the Rock of Gibraltar.” This term is used to describe any person who is totally reliable and trustworthy, or any thing that has strength and endurance that is indestructible.
The Rock of Gibraltar, which is the Crown property of the UK, was known to the Romans as Mons Calpe. This enormous rock is 426m high and is the northern of the two ‘Pillars of Hercules’, which in ancient times, according to the Phoenicians, marked the limit to the known world.
We visited the Rock when we did a tour of Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Gibraltar, a few years ago. The charming Mediterranean town’s main street was jammed with pubs, restaurants, cafes, tiny shops, as well as a handful of famous British chain stores such as Marks & Spencers.
We had a minibus ride right to the top of the Rock, stopping en route to see the ‘Tower of Homage’, Gibraltar’s first permanent settlement, built around 711. This castle was rebuilt after the second period of Moorish occupation, in the early 14th century.
Here I am with my friend, who didn’t want to miss the photo opportunity.
No this isn’t my travelling companion, but one of those cheeky Barbary Macaques which seemed to be everywhere. We were warned not to have any food visible, as it would be snatched, and sure enough, one of our fellow travellers was followed onto the bus, and just as she was about to enjoy her packet of chips, it was stolen right out of her hand by one of these fearless bandits.
Here is our farewell view of this massive rock, as the ferry transported us across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco for the next leg of our tour. Looks pretty solid to me.
Great choice for the Solid challenge. And lovely photos.On our trip through Spain and Morocco, we didn’t get off at the Rock.
Thanks, Madhu. Well at least you’ve seen it through my eyes. 😉
love your photo choices. They are beautiful settings.
Thanks again for your comment. 😉
Great take on the theme! Fun pictures.
Thanks, Naomi. We so enjoyed our visit to the Rock. 😉
Thanks for the share… beautiful
Thanks, bdt. You’re very welcome. 😉
your furry friend looks very much at home next to you. He kind of has a regal sense about him, does that sound daft?
I actually think that he’s a she, with droobs like that. 😉 I guess she looks as regal as one could be expected to look whilst topless. 😆
LOL! you are so right!
Very solid and the view is fabulous from the top of the rock… I loved this place!
Pretty solid! The two Pillars of Hercules and you is my favorite! Beautiful smile… Thank you for sharing!
Thanks, Amy. 😉
My husband and I made it there on our way around Southern Spain. I love the picture of you with the monkey! It is fabulous!
Thanks so much. 😉
Now that would be an interesting journey, down through Spain and across to Morocco 🙂
I can almost hear your mind working there, Gilly. When are you going? 😉
Oh, funny moment indeed. 😉 She should have kept her mind on the job in hand. Did his back problem ruin their weekend? 😆
Another place I would love to visit. It always brings to mind a movie from the early 70’s featuring Glenda Jackson on an illicit weekend with her married lover in Gibralter. While doing the dirty she said “Oh look you can see the Rock of Gibralter from our window” and her lover twisted around to look for himself and put his back out which led to lots of comic moments and explanations.
Oh good one! I was only there a couple of weeks ago and took a photo of my friend from Australia sitting on the very same spot!
Did you enjoy St Michael´s Cave?
That’s funny, Marianne. Did your friend have the same Macaque tagging along? The cave was very cool, but a bit too dark for decent photos.
Yep – I have a photo of that very same Macaque who was eager to pose with a magnificent view of Africa behind him! LOL
Love it!! 😉
The British piece of rock looks more solid than Sir Lowries Pass!
Cheeky monkeys abound everywhere. At least we’re used to them right here.
Yes, our monkeys are a bit smaller though. 😉
I’m enjoying this ‘travel series’ … very much. Are we off to Morocco tomorrow? your posts are unfailingly interesting with good photographic support. A joy to read and I look forward to new ones.
Thanks, Connie. I’m still in the middle of posting about my Italy tour. I just broke off to do the weekend challenges. 😉
Hi AD, fascinating place. Spain seems to have given up on their claim to the Rock, too many problems of their own these days I guess 😉
Very true, Chris. 😉
Solid would be a good way to describe it 😉
Exactly so, 68. 😉
Great pix, as always. I would have been a little freaked out about that ‘friend’ being so close. You are brave. 🙂
Thanks, f&f. I figured that if I just ignored her, she might do the same to me. 😉
I like the way the traffic stops for landing and taking off aircraft where the main road into Gib crosses the runway. But feel desperately sorry for the British Bobbies, dressed as they do in England. Way too hot.
Yes, those Bobbies looked to be very overheated. That’s interesting about the main road crossing the runway. I vaguely remember our guide telling us, but we didn’t have to stop, so didn’t witness this phenomenon. 😉
Really enjoyed this! That “cheeky” little guy was hilarious, posing with you 🙂
Now I am off to my tread-mill…you look Mah-ve-lous!!
Thanks, doll. 😉 Do a few laps for me, won’t you? 😉
But don’t overdo things. 😉
No fear of that…I sometimes call it “meandering”…slowwwwww
I can manage that too. 😉
Sjoe you can’t go anywhere with snacks these days, eh? Around the corner someone is waiting to tuck in 😉
Absolutely shocking isn’t it? I kept mine out of sight until the doors closed. I don’t like sharing. 😉
Depends on what there is to share – sometimes it’s cool – but not always.
And how far it has to go round. 😉
Oh right – forgot about that! Where’d it go? Was here a second ago! *it’s in the bag safely tucked away he he*
Interesting post AD, nice to find out about all the places you have traveled.
Have a good week!
Thanks, Gail. Hope your week will also be a good one. 😉
Excellent solid inspiration my friend ,Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks so much, Jake. Happy week to you my friend. 😉
I’ve always wanted to go to Malta.
Malta; Gibraltar…… well yes they do rhyme, SC. 😆