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GIBRALTAR / MONKEY BUSINESS

Old Queen's Rd, Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
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Monkeys sitting tall

At the Gibraltar lookout station, you meet up with the monkeys, Barbary macaques, as they are known. Some call them Barbary apes, but they are monkeys and the only natural population of monkeys on the European continent. The tourists are much more interested in the monkeys than the monkeys are in them. You are cautioned to keep hands off and food out of reach, even though some monkeys look like they would pull up for a cuddle given the chance. On the top of Gibraltar, it is oddly conflicting to be lured by both stunning hundred-mile-wide views from the top of the world and the mug of a monkey four feet away. I imagine an equal number of photos are taken of each.