Rock of Gibraltar, our second port of call on the cruise ship Celebrity Constellation

This was our second stop on our cross Atlantic cruise on the Celebrity ship, the Constellation.  We landed in Gibraltar on April 19.  This post is so late because we had a slow and expensive internet connection on the ship.  We are now in Rome and I am  catching up on this blog.

Neither one of us had ever been to Gibraltar (part of the United Kingdom) before and we were really excited to see it.  It is a peninsula that is located at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea and has been of strategic importance to many countries over the centuries.  It has been a part of the United Kingdom since 1704.  I actually had to get up at 6:30 AM for the tour and the sun did not come up until 7:30 so I got these wonderful photos of the sunrise over the rock of Gibraltar. gib dawn rock 5x7 small gibraltar dawn 1 5x7 smll

We arranged this private tour ourselves and we had five other people join our tour. (if you want more information about how to do this see our last post , Madeira ).  Our group was very friendly and we had an awesome tour guide named Ronald.  Here is a picture of us getting picked up at the ship;our gib group small ronald gib guide 5x7 smallThis tour was 3 hours long and Ronald took us to the major sites on the peninsula;  the Europa Point lighthouse (where the Atlantic Ocean becomes the Mediterranean Sea), up to almost the top of the rock which is a nature reserve for the Barbary Apes.  I loved seeing these smart animals being free to roam in their troops; then nature reserves feed them a healthy diet to supplement  their natural findings.ape eating 5x7 small ape eating orange 5x7 cape europa lighthouse 5x7 small furry ape 5x7 small

A highlight of the tour was the exploration of St. Michael’s caves.  The caves were at least 700 ft. deep and filled with dramatic columns of limestone that they had lit with blue and green lights.cave blue lace 5x7 small cave green lace 5x7 small cave stalactites grn 5x7 small

Then we stopped at a castle that was built by the Moors centuries ago.  It had a great view of the Gibraltar coast line.moorish castle gibraltar 5x7 smallcoastline view from Gibraltar 5x7 small

Then we went to Mass in the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned.  It was a lovely day.

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