Castle of S. Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal, November 2015

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The Castle of St. Jorge was built in the 11th century, in the Moorish period, at the top of a hill.  It was used to house troops, had 11 towers, and in case of siege, it housed the elite.  In the 13th century, it was transformed into the royal palace.  The earthquake of 1755 caused significant damage.

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Archway outside the Castle with artists and musicians.

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A painted mime taking a break, very elaborate craftsmanship. DSC08265

One of the castle peacocks, which has free reign in the castle walls, which are seen below. DSC08267 DSC08271 DSC08281 DSC08269 DSC08276 DSC08277 DSC08279 DSC08280

Inner courtyard of castle with water wells (cisterns).

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Archeological ruins showing evidence of settlements from 7th-11th centuries.

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View from the castle overlooking the River Tagus in Lisbon

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Steve and his brother, Mike, from the top of the castle wall, overlooking Lisbon and below near the interior walls.

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Oceanário, Lisbon, Portugal, November 2015

As part of a day trip to Lisbon, we toured the Parque das Nacoes, (Park of Nations), site of the 1998 World Exposition.

Parts of the highlights of this trip were sharing our day with our friend, Elisa (college freshman from Azores), and seeing the Oceanarium, which we loved!  The huge aquarium highlights fish from 4 oceans (Pacific, North Atlantic, Indian and Antarctic) and is the largest public aquarium in Europe with 8000 organisms from 500 species.

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Puffin

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Above and below:  The Ocean Sunfish, found in temperate waters around the globe, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world.  Its average weight is between 545-2200 pounds.  It resembles a fish head with a tail, often seen floating on the surface and looks like a floating rock!  Their diet is mainly large amounts of jellyfish.

 

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“Dory”:  blue tang

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“Nemo”:  clown fish

 

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Southern Rockhopper penguin

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Devil fish or giant devil ray is an endangered eagle ray, which can grow to 17 feet.

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Blackspotted puffer

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Guitar shark

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Shark

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View of eastside of Lisbon, from the Aquarium.

This was an awesome side trip in Lisbon!