The ship is the symbol of Lisbon.
Wherever you look whenever in Lisbon, you will find ships everywhere:
of course on the river Tejo, but also on the garbage containers, as structures of houses (e.g. in Parque das Nacoes) or as in the picture as iron decoration on lanterns.
Alfama is the most ancient area in Libon. It survived the 1755 earthquake.
If you have a stroll here you'll discover some small squares; a maze of narrow streets, restaurants, cafes and shops.
At the Lisbon Oceanarium, one...
At the Lisbon Oceanarium, one can explore the concept of the oneness of our planet’s seas and oceans. This approach reflects the importance of striving for a global and comprehensive understanding of the ocean, and indeed of the world itself. We must have an overview of these integrated systems and resources. That is why the Oceanarium recreates 5 representative habitats. An enormous central tank, square-shaped and holding nearly 5,000,000 liters of saltwater, presents the Global Ocean. Four coastal habitat tanks recreate, respectively, the North Atlantic, covering a zone ranging from Iceland to the Azores; an Antarctic coastline of the frigid Falklands and South Georgia Islands; a Temperate Pacific coast, with the rocky shore typical of Monterey Bay, California, with its forests of giant kelp; and finally the Tropical Indian, and a Seychelles Islands coral fringe. A visit to the Oceanarium is a split-level affair: visitors get to explore both above and below the water line. It is an experience which awakens the senses, as each habitat’s biological (both flora and fauna), geological and even climatic characteristics are recreated with startling fidelity. Artificial rock and coral formations are used to simulate actual conditions both on land and beneath the ocean’s surface. The displays realistic look is enhanced by the use of both natural and artificial plant life, including algae, moss, roots, tree trunks and a host of other plants and foliage. On the sub-aquatic level, the visitor can study the nearly thirty smaller tanks which highlight details of the main tanks’ habitats. A recorded sound track reproduces the authentic sounds of the various environments, to enhance the visitor’s overall experience.
Ginjinha - a Local Drink to Try!
A drink we just had to try! Made from cherries and served in a tiny plastic cup with 'drunken' cherries in the bottom! It is served from a bottle using a wooden stopper to contain all but a few of the cherries from falling into the cup. Well we liked it - but I don't think you would want too much of it - it's quite sweet! It was just a few cents per cup!
We tried it in a quaint little shop called 'Ginjinha Sem Rival' near Rossio. It was nearly midnight & the shop was packed with youngsters crowding round the small bar. One man was serving the drink but it was all very friendly pushing & shoving going on! Most people took theirs outside to drink.
Available to purchase by the bottle too!
Good shoes a must
Nearly every street and plaza in Lisbon is cobbled, which can be hell on your feet if you're spending all day walking around from one sight to another, so do yourself a favour and make sure you have decent footwear, otherwise you won;t be going far.