Last Friday I took one of the walks that go from Paderne up by the river and to the castle ruins. I haven’t done that for a good while. It was a nice day, not too taxing other than one bit. It took me 1hr 10 minutes from the village up to the castle (I did stop to take pictures) and later about the same time going back a different way.
From outside my apartment, a quick grab of the camera just before the sun completely slid behind the clouds.
Some snow was seen to the north and east of Faro this morning – videos
There was no snow here, but the temperature didn’t rise above 8C all day and it is expected to be as low as 2C tonight.
A group of us went for lunch on Wednesday at a place in Algoz. After the main courses(s) we moved out onto the terrace for more wine, desserts and coffee. Very nice it was too.
Teams from Holland, Germany etc come down to the Algarve for ‘training camps’ during their 3 week winter break. They play ‘friendly’ matches between each other and this year we had a good match up between Ajax and RB Leipzig. Ajax are currently 2nd in the Dutch League, Leipzig are 2nd in the German Bundesliga. It was a pretty good game, full on, at least three players were cautioned and the ref was generally kept busy. Ajax won 5-1, which featured a hat-trick from Younes. The crowd was estimated at 900, including fans from both teams and a good number of locals. It was a nice sunny day. The bar was kept busy as one might expect. Click the box below for some pictures.
There is a six minute video highlights clip at https://www.ajax.nl/streams/ajax-actueel/highlights-ajax-rb-leipzig.htm – if you can get it to open! The game was broadacast live on Dutch and Portuguese TV, this is their footage.
That game was preceded by a game between the Ajax ‘B’ team and Excelsior Rotterdam from the Dutch Second Division. A very hesitant show by Ajax, they were more concerned with keeping the ball than doing anything with it. Excelsior were much more powerful on and off the ball. Ajax ‘keeper was Tim Krul . Krul is still officially a Newcastle player but is on loan to Ajax, who apparently have banished him to the reserves. His cause won’t have been helped by two horrible mistakes, including being lobbed from about 40 metres while wandering about on the edge of his penalty area.
Not a bad day for €7,50 covering both games.
Horrible scenes in the Cavern on New Year’s Eve and some shots of the firwork display.
I had to go out for a a short while this afternoon so I took the camera with me. Bright sunshine, about 15C, a little windy and the light was very good. In town, final preparations were under way for the big New Year’s Eve event. A few pictures I took.
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An eventful year! Thanks to everyone who visits for the many positive comments and feedback. I hope your 2017 will be a good one. For me, the milestone of birthday number 65 will be reached in September and Her Majesty’s Government will be giving me lots of extra money to spend on beer!
The big New Year’s Eve event here in Albufeira attracts tens of thousands for the music and midnight firework show. The weather forecast is good, so depending on the amount of this I get down tonight, I may have some pictures to show tomorrow.
Happy New Year in advance.