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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Lisbon: The Capital of Portugal
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Lisboa


Lisbon (Portuguese: Lisboa) is the capital and the largest city of Portugal situated on seven hills at the wide mouth of the Tagus, the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean.



Five interesting facts about Lisbon:

  • It was founded around 1200 BC by Phoenician settlers.
  • In 1256, it becomes capital of the Kingdom of Portugal.
  • It is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country.
  • It is second-oldest capital (after Athens) in Europe.
  • It is the closest European capital to the United States.

Castelo de São Jorge
The Castle of São Jorge (constructed in the 10th century), Lisbon

Lisbon
Bronze equestrian statue of John I (1357–1433), King of Portugal, Lisbon

Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa
Façade of the Cathedral (built between the 12th–20th century), Lisbon

Lisbon Cathedral
Gothic ceiling of the Cathedral, Lisbon

Santa Engracia Church
The Church of Santa Engracia (Baroque; built in 1681–1966), now the National Pantheon, Lisbon

Lisbon
Street, Lisbon

Lisbon street
Street, Lisbon

Lisbon
Street, Lisbon

Tuk-tuk
Tuk-tuk, Lisbon

Tram in Lisbon
Remodelano tram (manufactured between 1936 and 1947) on line 28, Lisbon

Lisbon tramway
Remodelano trams on line 12, Lisbon

Tram in Lisbon
Remodelano tram on line 28, Lisbon

Lisboa
The Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon



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Friday, July 27, 2018

Varnikai Botanical-Zoological Reserve, Lithuania
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Varnikų botaninis zoologinis draustinis


The Varnikai Botanical-Zoological Reserve (Lithuanian: Varnikų botaninis zoologinis draustinis) is a reserve located in the southern part of Trakai Historical National Park, Lithuania. The reserve is used for educational recreation – a 3.45 km (2.144 mi) long path goes through naturally formed forests and hard-to-reach swamps.



Five interesting facts about the Varnikai reserve:

  • It spreads across an area of 657 hectares (1623 ac), the majority of which (450 ha /1111 ac) is covered with forests, while the remaining 207 hectares (511 ac) comprise the Ilgelis marsh.
  • It has 600 known types of higher flora of which 16 have been entered in the Lithuanian Red Book; 118 types of moss (four of them are protected), 204 species of lichen (four are protected) and 15 species of protected insects were found there.
  • Small and thin pine trees growing in the marsh are of the same age as those growing in the big forest. Slow growth of the marshland pines is predetermined by constant excess of humidity and lack of nutrition materials.
  • Berries and mushrooms are picked in the reserve – it is rich in cranberries, blueberries and wild strawberries.
  • The nature of the path is always changing and this makes this path unique.

Varnikų takas
The cognitive path through 130-year-old naturally formed mixed forest of Varnikai botanical-zoological reserve

Varnikų miškas
Old mixed forest of Varnikai botanical-zoological reserve

Pažintinis takas
The cognitive path through the old mixed forest of Varnikai botanical-zoological reserve

The swamp of Varnikai botanical-zoological reserve

Varnikų draustinis
The cognitive path through the swamp of Varnikai botanical-zoological reserve

Varnikų botaninis zoologinis draustinis
The cognitive path through the swamp of Varnikai botanical-zoological reserve

Varnikų botaninis zoologinis draustinis
The cognitive path through the swamp of Varnikai botanical-zoological reserve

Varnikų takas
The cognitive path through the Ilgelis marsh, Varnikai botanical-zoological reserve

Ilgelio pelkė
The Ilgelis marsh, Varnikai botanical-zoological reserve


Opening Times:

Monday to Sunday


Entrance fee:

Entry is free for all.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mount Vesuvius: An Active Volcano in Italy
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Vesuvio


Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Monte Vesuvio) is an active volcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, southern Italy, about 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Naples.



Five interesting facts about Mount Vesuvius:

  • It was formed as a result of the collision of two tectonic plates, the African and the Eurasian.
  • It has erupted many times since it originated less than 200,000 years ago.
  • In 79 A.D., it erupted and destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum by volcanic ash in about 25 hours.
  • It is the only volcano in Europe to have erupted within the last 100 years (the last eruption occurred in 1944).
  • The height of the cone is 1,281 m  (4,203 ft).

Vesuvius
Hiking trail to the summit of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
Trail to the summit of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
Trail to the summit of Mount Vesuvius

The summit of Mount Vesuvius

Naples
View over the Bay of Naples

Vesuvius
The 650 m (2132.55 ft) wide crater of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
The crater of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
The crater of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
The crater wall of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
The crater wall of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
Trail from the summit of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
Trail from the summit of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius flora
Flora of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius flora
Flora of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius path
Trail from the summit of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
Trail from the summit of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
Mount Somma – a high semicircular ridge

Pompeii
Mount Vesuvius rising above the ruins of Pompeii

Mount Vesuvius and Somma
Mount Somma (left) and Vesuvius from a distance, Naples


Opening Times:

Monday to Sunday
Summer: 9 am to 6 pm
Winter: 8 am to 3 pm


Tickets:

Standard admission: € 10
Reduced admission: € 8


How to get there by public transport:

In Naples, the Circumvesuviana trains run from the main railway station to Ercolano Scavi, the closest station to Mount Vesuvius access. When you spill out of the train station, there is normally a collection of taxis and minibuses that will take you to Vesuvius and back.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The European Mantis: An Insect of The Family Mantidae
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European mantis

The European mantis or Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) is an insect of the family Mantidae, native to Southern Europe, Asia and northern Africa.



Five interesting facts about the European mantis:

  • It is the only insect able to turn its head 180 degrees side-to-side.
  • The insect was introduced to the eastern US in 1899.
  • Females are known to eat the males after mating.
  • French folklore suggests a praying mantis can point a lost child back to her home.
  • Although a carnivore and an impressive predator, this mantis is completely harmless to humans.

European mantis
European mantis, Spain

European mantis
European mantis, Spain

European mantis
European mantis, Spain

European mantis
European mantis, Spain

European mantis
European mantis, Spain

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