Fossils fossils everywhere (and Sintra update)

The previous post got “published” before it was finished, so this post is going out to announce the update of the prior post and to include some fossil photos.

Everywhere you step or look in Lisbon there are fossils—interior floors and walls are often covered with fossiliferous limestone. This rock was quarried from a place where oysters were once very abundant! The three photos below show oyster fossils in three locations: in situ in a coastal outcrop, as a flooring tile, and “faux fossils” in the wall of a small cathedral (with cherub for scale!).




Final footnote. A fun restaurant name—”Here there is fish”!



3 comments on “Fossils fossils everywhere (and Sintra update)

  1. Glad you got out of the busy city! (Kind of your thing these days — wink.)

  2. Paul Binding says:

    I appreciate and enjoy your painting of the Portuguese landscape from many angles: geographical, historical and cultural. My own first experience with the Portuguese landscape was on one of my Atlantic Crossings, sailing towards the Azores, seeing the great teat of Pico grow larger, then sailing our brigantine tall ship into the port of Faial on the island of Horta. The houses were pastel colored and the streets were
    We followed the tradition of painting our boat on the harbor wall, then went to explore the town. I came upon the shop of Othon the scrimshander, an old whaler who as a young man had thrown a harpoon from an open boat rowed out from the island when the sperm whales were sighted. He turned his diminishing supply of sperm whale teeth into etched works of art, whaling ships and scenes. I asked to work with Othon and cut and polished pendants from the bone, and inked his final work. At the end of the day he gave me a pendant of our own brigantine, the Faire Jeanne, and a six inch tooth engraved with the Robert W. Morgan, the last great sailing whale ship now moored in Mystic Seaport, Connecticutt.

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