We took a day trip and drove down to Gibraltar. So much fun and history!!
The first stop we made was to one of the Pillars of Hercules. Apparently, there were two pillars that Hercules held on to and pushed apart or pulled together the two continents of Europe and Africa. I can’t remember which one, but this is from the European side, looking across at Africa. It was really windy!
The next stop was a cave with beautiful lighting. I really loved how cool it was in there. The cave was set up to be used as a hospital during war, but it didn’t have to be used.
We drove on up to the “Top of the Rock” and got to hang with the monkeys for a bit. One of the babies tried to see if Momma had any food in her purse! They were adorable!
After we left the monkeys… we went to a cave that was used to defend the rock. Cannons holes are still there.
While my parents were visiting, we took a day trip to Tangiers in Morocco. It was a great day with great people!!
We took a ferry ride to get from Tarifa, Spain to Tangier, Morocco… There were a LOT of people on the ferry because it was Holy Week in Spain (read about our Semana Santa experience if you missed it). The beginning of a great day!!
The day in Morocco started with a walk through the old part of town. It was market day, so there were lots of people selling fresh produce, spices, and plenty of trinkets.
Our guide led us to some of his friends who were charming some snakes! My mother volunteered to have them put one of the snakes on her.
After a huge, wonderful lunch, we went for a drive around the city and out of the city for the funniest camel ride I’ve ever seen in my life.
We then went to the Caves of Hercules before making our way back to the ferry for our return trip.
The real adventure started after we got back to Tarifa and found out our cars had been towed because we parked next to a sign that said we had to move our cars before 6:00pm. We didn’t make it back in time, so the cars were gone, and Amy and I had to walk to the police station, ride in the back of a police car to get the cars, and drive through horrible traffic to come back and find everyone else to head home.
Sometimes you have a great plan and you think everything will work out. It can be a huge plan or something really small, but if it doesn’t work the way you planned, it can be frustrating. I am usually not so easily frustrated by these little bumps in my plans, but if I’m tired or not having a good day, I lose it easily.
A few days ago, Ron said we were all going on a surprise trip. We were told that we would be going to Marbella (about a 2 hour drive) to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe (we are obsessed with finding these restaurants). After lunch, he said we would be having a surprise.
All 5 of us driving in our car is not ever fun for anyone in the backseat. If we have to spend any amount of time in that car, the “you are on my nerves” starts. We were all prepared for an uncomfortable car ride, but the promise of a surprise made it doable.
We love this abandoned train station not far from our house.
We drove through some beautiful hills and valleys along the way to Marbella.
We made it to Hard Rock and had a great lunch… now on to the surprise!!
We were close to a Starbucks (with a very cool bed in the store next door), so we had to stop by for coffee and to plot our next stop. Ron and I wanted to take the kids to a birds of prey sanctuary about 45 minutes away. So we put it in the GPS and headed out.
We found the bird sanctuary, but it wasn’t open. The sanctuary is located on top of a mountain and the wind was blowing too much for the birds to fly. Back to the GPS… and home.
We were able to spend the day together, but didn’t get to do what we had planned. We drove nearly 5 hours round trip for Hard Rock Cafe. While we do like their food, I’m not sure being crammed in the car for that long was worth it.
The good parts of the trip… These beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea, the views of the hills around us, and the greatest little podcast. We all listened to Mike Rowe’s podcast called The Way I Heard It. They are less than 10 minutes and remind me of The Rest of the Story with Paul Harvey.