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Offa’s Dyke Path – Day 3

Day 3 – White Castle to Longtown Crossing

If I were to do this hike again, I would turn Day 2 into a longer day by continuing on past White Castle until I reached the spot where we stayed for the evening. In that way, Day 2 would be long but there would be no need for waiting for a pick-up from the hosts, no need to backtrack the next morning and a Day 3 could be nice short hike and essentially a rest day However, hindsight is wonderful and we had officially stopped at White Castle the night before so that’s where our hosts drove us the next morning.

White Castle White Castle Notice that the slits are designed for battles with bows rather than the musket openings more commonly seen on North American forts.

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The Porte Dorée Aquarium – Paris, France

The Porte Dorée Aquarium – Paris, France

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, FranceThe Porte Dorée Aquarium is part of the Palais de la Porte Dorée complex and is quite large It is easily reached from Central Paris via the subway system. You get off the subway at the Porte Dorée station. My initial interest was in visiting the large park surrounding Lac Daumesnil which is across the street from the Porte Dorée Aquarium. Both are a reasonable short walk from the subway station. It is probably easy to get a cab or bus from the subway to the park or the aquarium but I just walked.

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, France

Although I found many things in the exhibits to interest me, the large Humphead Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) was the creature that got most of my attention. The aquarium has named their specimen “Napoleon”. “Napoleon” is a wrasse from the Indo-Pacific region. Males of the species reach 6 feet in length, females somewhat smaller. Colour in these images is real, not photoshopped!

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, France

Once I got past the thrill and enjoyment of seeing and photographing “Napoleon, I turned my attention to other exhibits.  The saltwater marine exhibits are generally more brightly lit than most of the freshwater exhibits so the SW exhibits tended to get more of my attention than the FW exhibits.

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, France

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, France

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, France

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, France

The size and colour of some of the other marine display inhabitants was quite spectacular.