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Albufeira green and wet

In Albufeira on April 19, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

The recent rain has brought out the flowers. Supermarket garden.

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The little stream that runs towards and then under the town is flowing fairly well.

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The problem for me is that flowers and blossoms mean pollen! Hayfever time is here. I must be almost alone in looking forward to the forecast rain for Friday afternoon and the weekend.

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Albufeira from the Air – Demo Reel #1

In Albufeira on April 16, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Whether you have been here or not, you will find this 1 min 45 seconds of drone footage interesting. Made by Administration at http://www.albufeira.com, not me!

https://youtu.be/L2BYJeTfJjU

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Exploding tomato pulp!

In Albufeira on April 16, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Have you ever opened one of those large bottles of tomato pulp which has undergone a fermentation, even though it was in the fridge? I did earlier. As a result my kitchen looked like the aftermath of a particularly gory murder. Exploded when cap taken off.

Took ages to clean up.

Weather is gradually showing signs of improvement, although last Thursday and Sunday were fairly horrible. To cap it we had a mini tornado in the early hours of Friday, which some damage around town – see https://www.cmjornal.pt/sociedade/detalhe/mau-tempo-causa-destruicao-em-albufeira for pictures and news report. Nobody injured though.

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Views from Bem Parece, Páteo, Albufeira

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

Took these couple this afternoon while on other business.

The first is looking down into the old town area. The long line of buildings is the Avenida da Liberdade and above them part of the Cerro Mar hotel complex. On the right hand side middle you can make out the open structure that sits on the cliff near the top of the escalators. These were taken with my pocket camera.
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The second is looking north. The brown scar across the middle is the never completed road that was to link the A2 highway with the road into Albufeira. To the right hand side is the Vale Paraiso light industrial and warehouse shopping area, above that the small town of Ferreiras and in the distance the hills in the Alte – Benafim – Penina area, which rise to 479 metres or 1572 feet.

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Guia, near Albufeira

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on April 5, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

This is what we want to see! Vineyards and grapes growing. Situated near Guia, but is not Sir Cliff Richard’s place.

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I cannot remember if I have posted this before, in the village centre is an old well, nicely restored. The plaque is dated 1945, few homes would have had running water then.
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nearby is this old well, now capped, and an ancient stone trough.
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Wildlife at play

In Albufeira,Algarve,Animals,Portugal on April 5, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged:

I was out walking this afternoon and almost trod on these two having some fun in the sun.

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A few more pictures taken around Porto city centre , along the way to Matosinhos, to Póvoa de Varzim on the metro. Click the box to go the album.

Best value sightseeing trip in Porto is the number 500 bus, from Praca da Liberdade to Matosinhos market. For just €1,95 cash or using your tourist or Andante 24 pass, you can enjoy a 35 minute ride along the river and to the beach area at Matosinhos. And it is a double decker bus, so there are great views. It’s a normal city bus but tourists have obviously latched onto it.

At Matosinhos you can enjoy the huge beach on a sunny day, maybe watch the ships entering and leaving the docks and in summer there might be cruise ship at the flash looking terminal.

If you are there for lunch or dinner, there are any number of places to eat along the Rua Hérois de França, which is the road more or less from the docks and market area into town. There you will see cooks preparing and grilling fish in outdoor kitchens.

For a different way back into the city, you can take a metro tram from the Matosinhos Market or Matosinhos Sul stops. The metro is above ground almost all the way.

If you do that, you will pass through the Senhora da Hora station. In its time it was an important junction on the narrow gauge network of lines that served Porto’s northern suburbs and places further afield. Opened in 1875, it operated until 2002 when some lines were replaced by the modern metro. Steam trains were running as recently as 1968. I found some old pictures which are included in the album.

Off to Póvoa de Varzim, at the far end of the metro (have to get my money’s worth from the 3 day pass!) where I chanced upon a little food fair and an urban farm. At the food fair a small team was grinding flour on a mini windmill, an elderly woman was making the dough (rather expertly it seemed to me) and a younger chap was baking Pão de Chouriço – basically sausage in bread. As well as other stuff. And very nice they were too.

Visit to Porto area, third part

Tagged: , , , on March 28, 2018 by cubsur51

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