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Albufeira in the height of summer.

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on August 22, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Albufeira in the height of summer.

These are not the best pictures I have ever taken. Forgot to put the memory card in!. But I hope they convey some of the ambience of the town beach at the height of summer.

And in contrast, a short distance from that scene, is one of very barren and brown aridity.
We need some rain, a lot, soon.

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Just a few pictures from my trip over to Royan earlier this month.

Traditional nets and cranes are still used by fisherman in these parts. These are fairly new but many are sadly no longer used.

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Traditional fishermen cabins Royan, France

This small beach just north of the town centre has the distinction (I found out later) of being the third public beach in France to be declared a non-smoking zone. It’s the Plage du Pigonnier, so if you like sit on sand rather than in a giant ashtray, this could be the place to go!

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Plage du Pigonnier, Royan, France

Further west are long stretches of sand in the towns of Vaux-sur-Mer and La Palmyre. Bike trails run all the way along the coast, sometimes beside roads, often on well maintained bike trails through the woods. They were very, very, busy the day I rode. I managed 22km before my knee started protesting. But I still had to ride back 22km to the ferry!

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Beach near Royan, France

As the ferry leaves Royan, there are some good views of parts of the town and the busy water. Most of the town, as I have previously written, was destroyed in a botched Allied bombing raid in World War Two, but to the east and west of the centre there remain many of the large houes with the distinctive tiled towers, built a century ago by the rich.

Royan, France, seen from the ferry.

This is a better picture, piched from a lettings website.

Typical villa in Royan, France

Gironde estuary at Royan, France.

The estuary was very busy with all kinds of boats, yachts, water skiers, jetboats and this great big ferry kind of pushing its way slowly through!

Busy water, Gironde, Royan, France.

Royan, France

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Albufeira hot and busy, no fires here!

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on August 21, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Many days now of temperatures between 32ºC and 35ºC, beaches and towns are very busy. Here’s a picture taken a few days ago by a friend of Galé beach, about 5km west of Albufeira.

Luckily we have been spared the brushfires and more serious that have badly affected parts of the centre and north of Portugal. There were two small fires a few days ago a about 6 miles west of here, near Armção de Pêra, the smoke from which drifted over our way for a few hours.

Fingers are still crossed. All the grass and small shrubs are brown, trees are still green.

Portugal has an excellent website, updated in real time, showing the status of the fires. It’s only in Portguese but is very easy to understand. Click on a fire and a box will open up telling you how many firefighters are involved, how many appliances, how many aircraft and for the very biggest fires (shown as red flames) the scope of the fire and the location of the command centre and who’s in charge.

It’s www.fogos.pt

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Last day by the coast – updated with more pictures

In France,Médoc on August 4, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Once again the sun stayed behind cloud until late afternoon, but the beaches were packed nevertheless. It was rather windy, plenty of surf for the afficionados. The picture below was taken at Soulac-sur-mer about an hour after high tide.

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I began the day with a short bike ride to the north of Soulac to an area known as ‘Les Cantines’, a long wide beach stretching to the Pointe de Grave, the very northern tip of the Médoc peninsular. It was around 12noon, a very grey and windy day and almost no-one to be seen. The area has sea defences dating from the 1930’s. These were, understandably, neglected during the Second World War and only partly repaired in the 1950’s. Some token efforts have been made since, but wind and tide are slowly prevailing.

Pictures here – will open a new window.

The poor weather lasted a couple of hours, drove me to lunch! But, by 1700hrs (5pm) the sun was out, the temperature a respectable 25ºC and the beaches very busy as the final few pictures show.

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Forests and beaches – updated

In France,Médoc on August 3, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Picture taken on Tuesday. Wifi where I am staying is still not very good, so I don’t know quite how the update will show. This first picture was taken on Tuesday a few km south of Soulac-sur-Mer. It shows the typical pine forest with a firebreak.

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PINE FOREST SOUTH OF SOULAC-SUR-MER

The remainder of the pictures show more of the forest, then some of the beach area between Soulac and Montalivet. It was a fairly nice day on Tuesday, temperature 25ºC. The wind was  fairly strong, plenty of surfers, bodyboarders etc were taking advantage.

All along that section of coast, among the sand dunes, is a layer of charcoal several cm thick. Some thousands of years ago there was, I have read, a huge fire that devoured the forest and reduced it to carbon. The charcoal is gradually being exposed by the movement of the sand. To me, it looks good enough to put on the barbecue grill.

The charcoal forms a fairly impervious layer within the sand. Water percolates down and then comes out as little waterfalls where the dunes are being eroded. The water has a fairly oily sheen to it, so perhaps in a few million years this will be oil. There are also fairly large desposits of a thick, sticky, blue green clay to be seen. I didn’t spot so much as I have in previous visits.

Click on the embed icon below. I have had problems sorting and captioning these pictures because of the poor wifi and internet here in darkest France, so apologies if anything doesn’t look quite right.

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Grey days continue in Médoc

In France,Médoc on July 26, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Raining until early afternoon today. It cleared up a little, but there were not many people sur la plage here in Soulac-sur-mer.

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But a few lunatics braved the grey, icy, waters!

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Albufeira beach 15th June 2017

In Albufeira on June 16, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

It was quite misty yesterday afternoon so several pictures aren’t worth seeing.

Here are a few. The beach was quite busy, it being a public holiday in Portugal. Air temperature was 28ºC.