When the sun shines down in Casemates it’s quite a sun trap and if you happen to be chilling out with coffee and (what I think they call) churros then you’re about as close to heaven as you can get; if I lived (again) in Gibraltar it’s very much where you would find me every (warm) morning having breakfast and people-watching. It’s also very probably where you might find me every warm evening having tea too.
The choice of cafes and restaurants in the square is bountiful although having said that I do have odd traits about myself that would probably (not just) see me at the same cafe every morning but (also) sitting in the same seat – and I would most certainly be sitting where I got the best view of the Rock.

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Apart from the vast array of eateries Casemates also has lots of other things to attract the visitor including an amazing glass blowing exhibition with a shop selling their beautiful wares; it was somewhere Carol particularly (and me to be honest) wanted to visit as we both love seeing traditional craftspeople at work and so after first popping into the museum to see the Neanderthal exhibition we had a steady walk down Main Street and found ourselves (quite excitedly) going in.

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For me it’s always been an amazing fascination how sand somehow turns into glass but then I’ve always loved not knowing things (as bizarre as that sounds); as a child when offered an explanation for something I’d often choose not accept it preferring to hold on to the mystery and let my mind imagine. I’d never make a scientist. Perhaps one difference between Carol and me is that she does like to know what’s what and so the minute we walked into the exhibition she set about reading everything on display as I stared in wonder at the hot furnaces (holding on to that mystery I didn’t want to let go of).
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Moving through the exhibition took us to the actual workshop where the Glassblowers were displaying their amazing skills and as I watched them doing their thing I’m in even more awe; the idea they were blowing through a pipe and shaping what looked like liquid glass (all wobbly) into some gorgeous ornament just seemed beyond belief. But of course when you look around their shop at what they’ve made you realise it isn’t beyond belief; it’s a truly amazing skill, honed and perfected over many years and fabulously executed in public view which left me feeling very privileged to have witnessed it. 

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