160509 Gibraltar UK

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. It has an area of 6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi) and shares its northern border with the Province of Cadiz in Andalusia, Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. At its foot is a densely populated city area, home to over 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

When I’ve ever heard of Gibraltar, it’s only ever been the “rock” of Gibraltar. Today, I learned it is also about being a small British controlled at the entrance to the Mediterranean between Spain and Morocco. I also heard that it is know for cheeky monkeys.

We arrived a little early into Gibraltar but that didn’t stop the rain from falling. Cloud enshrouded the rock and things looked rather bleak indeed, for looking around this new port. A shuttle bus was provided to and from the ship, at a price, handy in the rain but draining on the pocket at 2 pound each way. We found the nearest café with WiFi to load the post for yesterday and download the emails and load up the facebook messages and posts.

As the rain kept getting in the road of the possibility of doing any filming we finally gave in at around 11:45am and returned to the ship, had a quick lunch followed by an afternoon nap. I woke to see some sunshine outside and snuck out to get some photos before the next wave of rain showers passed through.

All the other members of our group had booked excursions of over 2 hours to visit the rock, the monkeys and the cave in the rock where often there are concerts being held.

At the edge of the border with Spain is an airport on the British side. The traffic into and from Spain is stopped at the edge of the runway when aircraft take off and land. That reminds me of Nauru where the terminal is the other side of the runway and the traffic is stopped while an aircraft crosses the road.

We wanted to get to the evening show early tonight to get good seats so dinner was rather quick. Many of the stage shows on a cruise boat are very high quality and tonight’s was no exception. I commented to Lyn that the show was the best I had seen in all the cruises we had done. The laser effects, lighting, staging and singing was top rate. I enjoyed the four guys singing a well know Italian opera piece. And the lead soprano had a very well trained voice too.

There is so much entertainment on this ship. But you have to walk the length of the ship between acts sometimes. We have been keeping our phones attached to us and in the 3 days so far we have walked over 40km, much of that on the ship.

Tomorrow is a sea day followed by a visit to Marseille in France.

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