Around the World in 51 Days travel blog

"Grapes" - 5 x 6 1/2 watercolor painted 5/3/13

"Barbary Ape" - 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 watercolor painted 5/4/13 -...

View of Spain in the backgound, our ship and Gibraltar from the...

View of main road through airport and Spain from Rock, Gilbraltar, United...

Top of the Rock, Gilbraltar, United Kingdom

Gulf of Gilbraltar

A mosque by the Rock, Gibraltar, United Kingdom

Lighthouse for the Straights of Gabraltar

Fishing Village, Gilbraltar, United Kingdom

Seige Tunnels, Gilbraltar, United Kingdom

Seige Tunnels, Gilbraltar, United Kingdom

1300 Moorish Castle, Gilbraltar, United Kingdom

100 ton gun, Gilbraltar, United Kingdom

St Michael's Cave, Gilbraltar, United Kingdom

Barbary Apes, Gilbraltar, United Kingdom

Barbary Apes, Gilbraltar, United Kingdom


5/3 – 5/4

After a day at sea we arrived at the gateway to Europe-Gibraltar, United Kingdom. In Gibraltar, we took a four-hour tour in a van with about eight other folks. In the drive around Gibraltar, we learned that there is only one road out of Gibraltar. This road actually crosses (with stop light and automatic gate) the runway for Gibraltar International Airport just prior to reaching the border with Spain. The road around Gibraltar leads up the rock where there are views of both Spain and, across the water, Africa. The British used Gibraltar as a defense against intruders who were trying to get to the Mediterranean Sea. Included in the tour was a look at some of the defensive tunnels, some large defensive cannons, a Moorish Castle and a walk through St. Michael’s cave. No visit to the “rock” is complete without checking out its most famous residents, the Barbary Apes. These little annoying animals have been trained to locate and steal any food carried by tourists.

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