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Visit to Portimão 8th May 2018

In Algarve, Portugal on May 9, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Visit to Portimão 8th May 2018

Just a short trip for an afternoon out. There was a cruise ship in town, the Seabourne Quest, 32,348 tons. Ship carries 456 passengers in some luxury I should imagine! I was unable to get too close because of the security.

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An event was being laid on for the passengers, who seemed mostly French. Local estate agents were occupying some of the tents. Musicians were setting up a stage behind where I was standing.

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Also docked was the replica French sailing frigate L’Hermione.

This isn’t my picture. Large crowds waiting to go on board blocked my view. I didn’t have time to spare unfortunately. The vessel is a replica of the frigate of the same name that carried the Marquis Lafayette from France to the not quite USA in 1780, where he joined the War of Independence on the American side. Later in his life he was in command of the National Guard at the time of the French Revolution, but was imprisoned for five years by the radical elements. He was later offered the ‘job’ of dicator, which he declined. As one does.

The ship will be visiting various locations in Spain and France until June 16th.

In a disused part of the dock, a stork has made its next on top of a old crane job.

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Nearby is a part of the conveyors that were used to transfer fish from the boats into the factories that once lined the river. All gone now. The Portimão museum is located there now.

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View of Portimão from down by the dock.

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The railway bridge built in 1915 is 330 metres long, carrying the line across the River Arade.

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And finally, a view across the river to Ferragudo.
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