The last two stops of our Trans-Atlantic Crossing were in the cities of Alicante and Valencia along the southern coast of Spain. They were little slices of paradise, each one beautiful and special in their own way. Unfortunately, we only had a few hours ashore in each city, which merely whetted my appetite to explore more of this amazing country.
We enjoyed a short visit to the small territory of Gibraltar and did what most tourists do, hiked The Rock of Gibraltar.
The first stop on our cruise from Miami to Rome was Ponta Delgada in the Azores. We were about 1,200 miles (1,930 km) southeast of Canada and 850 miles (1,360 km) west of Portugal. The Azores are pretty much in the middle of the freaking ocean! It was crazy to look out on an endless ocean before going to bed and wake up on land the next morning.