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Visit to Vila Real de Santo António

In Algarve,Portugal on October 15, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Took a worthwhile trip from Albufeira to the border town of Vila Real de Santo António (VRSA) on Saturday. My main reason for the journey was to see my local football team in action there but by co-incidence the weekend was also the occasion of the annual festival in VRSA. The whole of the main road is closed off to allow dozens of market stalls, fairground rides and food sellers to set up shop. And to add to that is the regular Saturday morning antiques market, so a very busy day. The town was teeming with people, many of them from across the river in Spain. Restaurants and bars were doing a roaring trade.

Upside was a 1-0 win for my team and the purchase of a decent camera tripod for €10 at one of the ‘junk’ stalls.

Downside was the serious vandalism on the trains I took. As (bad)luck would have it, the same train was used for all four legs of my trip. It had been so badly smothered in graffiti that most of the windows were completely painted over, making it impossible to see out. As there are no announcements (audible or visual) on these trains several people were left wondering where they were!

This is said train on arrival at Vila Real.

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Unfortunately the railway has no secure overnight storage facilities and does not seem to believe in security at all, so the trains are left out in the open at the mercy of the local schoolchildren. They wonder why people are reluctant to use them!

On a better note, the town’s festivities were very popular on a sunny day.

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Some more pictures here.


Albufeira sunset and tomorrow

In Albufeira on October 12, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged:

This doesn’t really do it justice. I will try for a better one over the weekend. Failed – too cloudy!

Tomorrow (Saturday 13th) I am off on a fairly long trip to Vila Real de Santo António where my football team, Imortal Albufeira, is playing and they will also be in the middle of celebrating their annual festival of the sea. This should make for a good day out. Weather looks good. Expect some pictures on Monday.


Visit to Wolverhampton

In Albufeira,Pictures from England on October 3, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

On Sunday last week I took quick trip from Birmingham to Wolverhampton on the West Midlands metro light rail. I was hoping to see some scenery but bad idea. The track runs in cuttings much of the way so most of what I saw was trees.

The West Midlands metro is the only light rail or tram I have been on that does not have ticket machines at the stops. If you don’t have a pass or can´t use ‘tap and pay’ on your bank card, you buy a ticket from a conductor on board. Just we did on buses maybe 30 or 40 years ago.

Amid Wolverhampton’s nightmare of ring roads and modernity there are some bits worth seeing.

Wolverhampton canal scene

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There are some decent pubs in the centre and I was pleased to find Enville ales on sale at one and a decent pint of Marston’s 61 for just £2,90 at another.


Kent win and are promoted to Division One

In Albufeira,Pictures from England,sports cricket on September 21, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Kent wrapped up victory against a feeble Glamorgan side in just over an hour on the third day. Promotion to Division One is now assured. Next week’s final game in Birmingham against Warwickshire will be the title decider.

Kent players celebrate


The scoreboard at the close of play. For those who know about such arcane detail, Kent’s score of 436 gained them 8 batting bonus points. They had managed only 11 in the previous twelve matches!



Two weeks in England

In Albufeira,Pictures from England,sports cricket on September 19, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

I am back in England for two weeks, to watch the final matches of the County cricket season with my team, Kent, needing to win one game to guarantee promotion to the First Division. First game is in Canterbury where yesterday it was quite warm, 22ºC, but very windy owing the to the remnants of a tropical storm passing by.

Next week will be in Birmingha, where I have never been for a cricket match and where I have not been at all for about 20 years. Should be interesting on both counts as the match is against the top team in the Division (Warwickshire) and could be a championship decider, depending on the results of this week’s matches.


A boat trip along the coast

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on September 14, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Last night, I and several members of the Balaia Bowls Club took a ‘sunset barbecue’ boat trip along the coast from Albufeira. A very pleasant evening it was too, even though the sea was a little rough at times. A couple of pictures to begin with below, more here. Some of the rock formations are pretty amazing and so are the fantastically expensive houses perched on top of the cliffs.


Our boat managed to get inside the cave at Benagil. The rock formations along the cliffs are a geologists delight. Puzzles me slightly how the same rocks can be eroded by the same sea in so many different ways, including the creation of the pinnacles and arches.




Walk from Carvoeiro to Ferragudo

In Algarve,Portugal on September 5, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Last week I was very silly. I was feeling the inactivity since returning from France. I had taken a bus to Carvoeiro and spent some time there and decided to take a bit of a walk along the cliffs between Carvoeiro and Ferragudo. Last time I did, I got lost and ended up in a thorny jungle.  It wasn’t so bad this time as recently a marked footpath has been created (the Camino dos Promontórios or Headlands path) which at least makes it easier to find the way – mostly. I did miss the path once or twice but it wasn’t difficult to pick it up again. It is a well trodden route but it not for the faint hearted. Much of the going is along rough paths strewn with loose stones, there are sneaky tree roots everywhere and some very steep ascents and descents.
Typical of the rough terrain.

The path is about 7 kilometres and it took me a little over 2 hours, but I came off a little before the end at the Praia dos Caneiros and walked into Ferragudo village along the road before I stopped for a much needed pint!

A pleasant afternoon and I didn’t really feel the 30ºC heat because of the sea breeze. But I knew all about it next morning! If you are tempted, there’s nothing along the way, take water at least. You can do this in a kind of circle either way by taking a bus to Carvoeiro and walking a little further to Parchal for a bus back, or do it in reverse starting at Parchal or Ferragudo. There’s nothing along the way, take water at least. Complete photos including several of Carvoeiro beach in the sunshine.  Photos here.