Visiting Gibraltar

Over at Flikr I’ve loaded up a set of photos taken on Gibraltar.  This is a place we visited because of old family ties that drew us back.  I was curious to see this place where my great grandfather and my grandfather served in the British Army.  Serving in the British Army was a way to escape the poverty of England and so my great grandfather left England first for India, where my grandfather was born in Karachi, and then other places around the British Empire till when my grandfather was about 16 and could enlist as well, they ended up in Gibraltar.

Some of the photos I’ve taken show the military nature of the Rock. It must have been an arduous place to serve a term.  The road we walked down from the summit of the rock was one that the soldiers would have had to walk up many times, I’m sure. 

IMG_2497-1

Large rings in the rock were placed there to assist the teams of men who moved heavy guns up and down those same roads.  We think sometimes of the enjoyment of the sun.  I wonder if the soldiers rejoiced in it or cursed its heat as they were climbing.IMG_2515-1

It is from Gibraltar that my ancestors emigrated to Canada.  I guess they were used to hard work but the introduction to cold must have been a real shock.  yet they stayed, laboured again under adverse conditions and helped build Canada.  I suspect most of us have gotten soft over the years.  We owe much to our forebears.

Leo and I rode the cable car to the top of The Rock and then walked down.  It was a long day of walking.  We probably did 10 Kms and it was not all downhill.  It was a good way to see the place.  At the end of the day we had a meal in a place on the waterfront called the Ipanema where they served Brazilian style – endless meats grilled  and passed on huge skewers.  Wonderful end to a great day.IMG_2568

Advertisements

6 Comments

Filed under Family, Photos, Travels

6 responses to “Visiting Gibraltar

  1. We floated past Gibraltar on our way to Morocco, but I sure wish we had been able to stop.

  2. I love Brazillian style restaurants (having been to one in Houston) though there is a danger that I can eat so much I can no longer walk properly. Yet another place to see sometime.

  3. Jane Dice Schule

    Linea….I am thrilled that you were able to visit Giberaltar!!! I have a photo of Richard, Johanna, and the boys when they were stationed there. I had it framed and it has always hung on a wall in my house! Jane

  4. Linea

    Jane, It would be fun to see that picture. It is an interesting place to visit. I”m sure it was a lot tougher being stationed there!

  5. Jane Dice Schule

    Linea…I wondered if you might have a copy….or not! It’s a lovely photo and one, I think, all of the Dice descendants should have! I’ll leave one for you in Saskatoon. I’ll be visiting Mother Sept. 23 – 29. Surely, I can connect there…..or post it if necessary! Jane

  6. Jane Dice Schule

    P.S. IF I were more computer savey…..I would even post it; but, alas, I don’t know how to do that and I won’t have time to see to it before departure!