Museums, parks, and culture, Lisbon
PARQUE EDUARDO VII
One of the most beaufiful part of the city is Parque Eduardo VII.
It´s located at the end of Avenida sa Liberdade, which is the main street towards Baixa.
Most of the central hotels are also found in this area.
Favorite thing: 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.
If you enlarge these picture you will see an aerial view of the newest zone of Lisbon, the Nations Park (Parque das Nações: www.parquedasnacoes.pt), and the long Bridge (Ponte)Vasco da Gama. One interesting detail: the lamps all along the bridge are not vertical, they pend a litle bit on the road, so they don't perturb the fishs...
It is very pleasant to walk along these park in a sunny afternoon, or stay reading or simply loooking the Tagus river. Read the newspapper, drink some fresh drink, see some children and adult on theirs bike all the long the river side... The Bridge is the longest of Europe, 18 Km. In the Nations Park you have many others interesting things to do.
The Knowledge Pavilion - Centre of Live Science is an interactive Centre of Science and Technology achieved according to the new concepts of modern scientific museology.
It is aimed to be a lively space where the visitor is invited to participate in a permanent discovery becoming active on that process that leads to knowledge.
The Centre of Live Science occupies the entire space of the previous Knowledge of the Seas Pavilion designed by the architect Carrilho da Graça and that was one of the most significant architecture of Expo’98. The Centre of Living Science is now of the Ministry of Science and Technology responsibility.
This new space includes permanent exhibitions, conferences, debates and colloquiums.
- “The Unfinished House” (permanent)
Created by: Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie de Paris
- “See it, Do it, Lean it” (permanent)
Created by: Techniquest of Cardiff, U.K.
- 'Exploratorium' (permanent)
Created by: Exploratorium, S. Francisco, USA
- 'Live Mathematics' (up to 30 June 2002)
- 'Earth, a dynamic planet' (up to 30 June 2002)
- 'The Human Factor - Living Ergonomy' (up to 31 December 2002)
Besides the exhibitions, Knowledge Pavilion has also other areas (free access): Cib@rcafé, Mediateca, Bookshop and Shop.
An open and relaxed area equipped with 30 computers connected to the Internet and available free of charge to the most advanced cybernauts as well as to those who want o take their first steps on the Web.
The daily introductory sessions to the Internet are an important component of the activities that take place in this area of the Pavilion.
Mediateca (Media Library)
This area is specially geared to provide the visitors with elements for consultation, study and research in the most diverse areas of knowledge. With a wide range of information available in print form, CD-ROM, as well as multimedia equipment, it also features a workshop-space for the production of web-sites and for preparing individual or group work.
An area where visitors can purchase books, videos and CD-ROMs about science and technology.
A space for the sale of products that will stimulate the taste of young people for science, but even adults will not be able to resist them.
Camões in Another Dimension (Virtual Reality Pavilion)
This Pavilion has introduced a new entertainment concept to Portugal base on the latest technologies. Camões in Another Dimension is a unique adventure filled with amazing and timeless experiences that provide an extraordinary glimpse of an era within the history of the Portuguese discoveries.
The Cable car rides offers the widest and most spectacular view of Parque das Nações and the Tagus River, covering a distance of over 1-km.
Lots of Restaurants, and many, many more...
Visit the Museu
Calouste Gulbenkian, the most important museum in Portugal. We met an
american woman who came to Lisbon only to see this museum! See Commerce
Square (I don't remember the name in portuguese!). Look around when
you walk because Lisbon's building are all decorated with its typical 'azulejos'
(ok I don't know the spelling!!)...if you don't know what they are,
just look on the left on the picture. Visit the caractheristical Sao Vicente de
Fora. All the cloister is decorated with white and blue azulejos with
Fondest memory: having breakfast at our hotel: it was full of tasteful and good cookies...great!!!
Favorite thing: The city's annual OCEANS FESTIVAL organised by the LISBOA CITY COUNCIL, TURISMO DE LISBOA and PARQUE DAS NAÇÕES and held from August 18 to August 25 is the big event. The 1999 edition was specifically dedicated to the Oceans. In 2000, the theme was World Cultures. This third edition of the festival celebrates Lisboa's famous light, a bewitching and unique concoction of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean
In Lisbon, you MUST go to the NATIONS PARK, Parque das Nacoes, in Portuguese. It is the place were we have done the world exposition Expo98, and it is BEAUTIFUL!!!
Fondest memory: I miss my evening walks in the NATIONS PARK.It is just by the Tagus river, and it has the most wonderful sunset in the world!!!
Favorite thing: Visit the frigate in the River. It is rebuild and you can walk through four decks. It is good if you take the little walkman. On tape there is a good information about the ship and life on board. It is interesting not only if you are interested in seafaring.
Isn't that baby floaating on his mom's belly just cute?!!.
More pictures in my travelogue down below!
The Park of Nations, was built for the Expo 1998.
Today this area is a good place for shopping and leisure time.
Nearby there´s also the Museu de Marinha with the statue of Henry the Navigator.
Web Site: http://www.museumarinha.pt/
Favorite thing: Inside of the Oceanário there are indications to follow and in all habits (houses) exists informative panels about the species that in inhabit.
Favorite thing: The park is situated on the northern end of Avenida da Liberdade and it provides excellent views of the city.
Favorite thing: located on the CAMPO PEQUENO AREA, old municipal library also. The curretn exhibition on this picture is Goncalo Robeiro Telles.
Favorite thing: This is a General view of EXPO'98,and the lake.Also behind us, you can see on of largest pavilion,on this Expo,UTOPIA.
Favorite thing: .In this picture, behind me you can see a fountain at the EXPO'98.