The Queen of England has three residences in the UK. Buckingham Palace in London, Holyrood Palace in Scotland and Windsor Castle on the outskirts of London. It could be said that Buckingham Palace is her office, Holyrood is for Scottish visits and dignitaries and that Windsor Castle is her home.
When it comes to exploring Europe, I'm not all that keen on the idea of driving around on my own on the wrong side of the road. I can't even imagine how I'd tackle a roundabout without having a head on collision, so for me, its either public transport, flying or a tour. "Why don't you just travel with a friend?" you say. Well, thing is, I am living in the UK with my husband and nearly all of our friends are back home in Australia. As a teacher I have 13 weeks leave a year and he has 4 1/2, so in my case, its either head out solo, or spend holidays back in the UK in our flat. I know what I'd rather do.
I had heard mixed reviews about Gibraltar, but something inside of me desired to see 'The Rock'. I decided to base myself in Seville for 4 days in order to explore the Moorish architecture and history of the south whilst being able to take in The Alhambra, the Seville Alcazar and of course Gibraltar.
Being an Australian, I am used to driving on the opposite side of the road and would surely cause an accident if I were to drive in Europe. This being said I decided that I would navigate Seville on foot and take day tours to The Alhambra and Gibraltar. Whilst this was the most practical option for me, it resulted in me nearly missing the chance to see Gibraltar. At 9:30 the night before my tour was due to depart, my tour guide called to cancel. I expressed my annoyance at the extremely late notice and luckily, for quite a few Euros more, the guide managed to find a driver to take me on a personal tour.
Slightly poorer, but happy, I was picked up in a new BMW by a driver who spoke as much English as I speak Spanish. We communicated through hand signals and the odd word translated on Google. Located around 2.5 hours south west of Seville, it is a comfortable and scenically pretty drive on the highway.
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