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Albufeira 28th April

In Albufeira on April 28, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged:

It was a nicer day today than forecast. Shots of Albufeira old town beach taken around 1600hrs. The ‘cliff’ in the beach is caused by rough sea piling up the sand. It flattens out in quieter times.

Nearby, the locals were taking it easy

The fishermen’s harbour, quiet. Most of them go out at night.


Bowls in Albufeira

In Albufeira on April 25, 2017 by cubsur51

A nice sunny day on Saturday, 23ºC, though still a bit windy.

Bowls match Balaia vs Bognor Regis BC. These are one of several touring sides we are hosting through April.


Photo captions on One Drive folders

In Albufeira on April 19, 2017 by cubsur51

It has come to light that Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, has disabled the automatic captioning display for pictures viewed without logging into to a MS account.

The previous system worked well for years, they changed it recently without asking or telling users.

If you are one of those few people in the universe who do not have a Microsoft or Google account you can see the caption etc by clicking on the tiny (i) icon at the top right of the page.

There is a long topic about this on the Microsoft users forum with, of course, no appropriate response from them!


Sunny days still in Albufeira

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on April 19, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , , ,

On Monday I was at a wedding and then reception party. I blame the bride’s father totally for my condition on Tuesday morning.

So yesterday afternoon I took a walk into town to try to clear my head and body. Failed dismally, had relapse around tea-time but I did manage to take a few pictures of the busy beaches. It was 26ºC, the beaches were busy with local people and visitors on Easter holidays.!Am0w7qp9HCpqgsB9gT6A_Dw8cEDCuw


Albufeira marina 13th April

In Albufeira on April 14, 2017 by cubsur51

A very nice sunny day, 24ºC. Plenty of people about, it being the Easter school holidays here in Portugal and elsewhere. The shiny boats were gleaming in the sun, the restaurants and bars were pretty busy, children were out on the electric karts, scooters and segways and all the boat trips were carrying full loads.

Behind great wall, in what was to have been and what, apparently, might still become the second phase of the marina development, wildflowers grow in abundance.

On the hills above, very desirable residences (and mine!) look down upon the scene.

Click below to see a few pictures.


Albufeira 12th April and 25ºC

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on April 12, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,


Fishing harbour


Boat trips entering and leaving the marina



Main town beach


Town beach from up by the lift looking east


Town Beach, Pier and Inatel Hotel

Town beach and Sol e Mar hotel


Visit to a cork factory

In Algarve,Portugal on April 9, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

If you have a car or can arrange a group minibus, you can visit the cork facory just outside São Bras de Alportel, about a 40 minute run from Albufeira. I went with a group of about 20, last Thursday, 6th April.

It is fairly educational. The whole visit last about 90 minutes. The first part is a bit of a talk about cork, how it is grown, cultivated, harvested and then formed into the myriad uses to which it is put. The second part is a visit to the factory floor. Those who like machines that go whirr, hum, clank and bang will like it. There are also smartypants machines that do stuff grade the cork by laser eyes then, with a puff of air, shoot it into the correct bag. There are also ladies who sift through great piles of cork, just in case.

Their main product is the discs that go on the bottom of Champagne corks. No, I didn’t know that either, but next time you uncork a bottle of Dom Perignon or Pol Roger, look closely at the way the stopper is made! Apparently they turn out a million of these a week.

The visit ends in the souvenir shop, of course. A lot of things are rather pricey, but you can buy small bits and pieces.

You need to book in advance and it’s only open on weekdays. Their website is and is in English.

Small warning – there are a dozen or so steps to deal with at the start and end of the visit. Inside the factory it is flat.

My picture set at!Am0w7qp9HCpqgr91Pf5s_yFWHGZObg

Afterwards you can head into the town of São Bras and have a look around. I recommend the old church with its view all the way down the valley to the sea at Faro. There’s also a preserved section of Roman road to see and a nice little garden with an old bandstand and a mysterious sort of shrine and fountain.

(If you don’t have the use of a car while on holiday and want to visit, there are buses from Faro to São Bras de Alportel. However the factory is about 2km from the town centre.)