Tuesday, January 29, 2013

#877 Gibraltar, UK

There's something about being a Pillar of Hercules that helps to make a place amazing. A gigantic rock jutting up from the Mediterranean, Jebel-i Tariq, the original name for Gibraltar is just one part of the diverse historical heritage. Nice Mediterranean weather, infamous monkeys, a cool cable car and something that doesn't quite fit amongst the Spain that surrounds it... fish and chips!

Interesting facts:
  • They voted in referendums in 1967 and again in 2002 to remain a British overseas territory, despite Spain's claim to ownership. It has been British since 1704.
  • English is the official language, though most schools are bilingual with Spanish, and many other languages are spoken such as Berber and Arabic, Italian and Portuguese.
  • They have been inhabited by Neanderthals, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Nasrids, Manirids, Umayyads, and of course the Spanish and British.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibraltar 
Images are original except for two postcards bought circa 2004.

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