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This is a view of the “Vasco da Gama” shopping in Nations’s Park at Lisbon, in the blue hour.

We can see the flags of all countries of the world, in the right side of the photo.

About Oceanarium inside the Park
The Lisbon Oceanarium is actually the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world and I can say that it is really amazing. It was probably Expo 98's main attraction and during the Exhibition, lines were extremely long and waiting times were up to 4 hours! The actual building is composed of a large central tank - the open ocean- and four small tanks each representing the coastal habitat of the Indian, Pacific, North Atlantic and Antarctic Oceans. There are over 300 species of animals and plants to be seen. It cost over 60 million Euros to Build. One of the main attractions is the pair of sea otters, named Amalia and Eusebio after Portugals most famous singer and football player. When we were there they treated us to a mating ritual that re-started every 10 minutes, it was amazing! We were told that they had lost a "baby" a few weeks earlier and the female had just overcome her depression and that they were trying to procriate again. In any case, it was a unique experience. Check out the travelogues for some pictures of you might see: - Lisbon Oceanarium - Sea Otters - Lisbon Oceanarium - Open Ocean - Lisbon Oceanarium - Other You might want to plan you visit to coincide with the feeding of the animals, which can be quite interesting to see: Monday - Open Ocean day 10.30 Sharks 11.15 Rays and Sunfish 15.30 Manta-Rays Tuesday - Penguin day 15.30 Penguins and Inca-terns Wednesday - Atlantic Day 11.30 Fish, Sharks and Anemones Thursday - Sea Otter day 10.30/13.00/15.30 Sea Otters Friday - Open Ocean day 10.30 Sharks 11.15 Rays and Sunfish 15.30 Manta-Rays Entrance is 10 Eur and there are reduced fees for children (5 Eur), over 66 and Groups. Open daily from 10.00-20.00 (in the Summer) and 10.00-19.00 (in the Winter), please note that the ticket office closes one hour before.

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