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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.




Visit to Toulouse August 2018

Finished by trip to France with a few days in Toulouse. My second visit after several years. Toulouse has much to see, a mix of an old and historic centre and more modern avenues and boulevards. The Garonne river and the Canal du Midi cut right through the city creating open spaces and an airy feel. Add the many parks and gardens and some nice walks can be had.

I have a few pictures here. The Roman arena was viewed through the fence as it is open only on a Sunday afternoon. In truth there isn’t a great deal to actually see as the remains are scant. It was reckoned however to have had a capacity of 7,000 with a later extension perhaps raising this to 10 or 12,000. The location is strange, being a long way outside the city in what must have been a farming area. I had this vision of the fans tramping home miserably after a poor game, no trams or buses in those days and probably the taxi chariot driver didn’t turn up. Most of the Roman period legacy of Toulouse is long buried under more recent buildings. Toulouse escaped mass destruction during World War Two so much of the early city centre is intact, including the  11th century brick built Cathedral.

I have tried to find out more about the barn at Barricou but failed. It is obviously very old. It sits rather incongruously in a modern linear park out near the Airbus Industries plant.

Visit to Toulouse August 2018

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Smoke from forest fires over Albufeira

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on August 9, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Although the fires are a long way from Albufeira, the wind is carrying a lot of smoke over the Albufeira area. Take a look at this short clip taken yesterday with a drone :

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