Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
90Trip End Aug 17, 2013
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We walked to the cable cars and took one up to the top of Gibraltar. From there we had great views of Spain and across the strait to Africa. It is believed that Hercules made the Strait of Gibraltar by seperating Gibraltar and the Northern peak of Africa. The strange thing about the rock is that it's upside down. The top is older than the bottom - the deeper they dig down, the newer it is. It is also filled with caves, and is said to have a labryinth of tunnels. We went into St. Michael's cave. It wasn't huge, but the stalagmites and stalagtites were amazing. It had a few different chambers. The largest one is actually an auditorum today because it has great natural acoustics. We spent a few hours just walking around on the rock. I forgot to mention, Gibraltar is home to the last wild apes in Europe. They were everywhere on the top of the rock. We spent a long time hiking and searching for the pillars of Hercules, which ended up being just this tiny little thing that didn't seem special at all. At least we got some excercise! On the way to that we saw some bird catching nets. A guy explained to us about how they catch the birds that migrate, measure their weight and the fat they have on them, etc. and then tag them. Then if someone catches that same bird in a different country they can look up the tag number and find their information. It is all for scientific purposes so they can find out how much fat the birds store to fly to certain places.
Instead of taking a cable car all the way back down, we walked. When we got back down we ate some fish and chips, then headed back to the time share.