Posts Tagged ‘beach’


Albufeira town beach 7th December 2018

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on December 7, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Pleasant sunny morning, temperature around 18ºC.



Grey day and not many on the beach!

In Albufeira on November 29, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

It was supposed to have rained but didn’t. Only 16ºC though.
He or she didn’t mind.



Albufeira – Inatel Beach November 11th

In Albufeira on November 12, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

A cloudy day, 18ºC, and it rained hard a couple of hours later!


It was extremely hot over the weekend, not the weather to be charging around on a bicycle. Just a few pictures from a couple of walks around the town.

The local bees were busy at work.


Selfish and inconsiderate parking is not just a Portuguese thing! A busy roundabout on the edge of town. So what if the peasants have to walk into the road? Not my problem!!


About the size of a large dinner plate. Is it poisonous? You poke it with your toe and find out!


The beach area known as Les Cantines just to the north of Soulac. The cantines are the remains of sea defences built in the 1930’s.


Looking south towards the buildings at the top of the beach.


The old defences are gradually crumbling…


… and in places the sand has covered them to some depth.



Miscellany from around Soulac.

Tagged: , , on August 7, 2018 by cubsur51

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No lunar eclipse here, just sunset

The clouds stayed, didn’t see anything. I was still waiting when mosquitoes attacked. It’s the first time I have ever had problems with them hereabouts, but I read this morning that the ‘tiger mosquito’ species is now being recorded in the area. I can confirm that, as I also read, that their bites are more painful than those of the others.

On Friday night, the sky did clear just enough in the right direction for some sunset pictures.


No lunar eclipse here, just sunset

Tagged: , , on July 29, 2018 by cubsur51

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The northern end of the Médoc, the Atlantic coast near Soulac-sur-mer.

Coastal erosion continues. The sea is inexorably chewing away at the sand. This campsite a little way to the south of Soulac sur mer gets a little closer to the sea every year.


This house has been teetering on the brink for some years, but is protected from the direct assault of the waves by a huge wall of rock. It looks to have been abandoned.


Just to the north, the sandy cliff is 50 metres or more back. Those dots in the sea are the remains of one of the many fortifications dating from the German occupation during World War Two. As you can see, they are underwater now even at low tide, showing how much land has been lost in the last 75 years. The tall building shape on the right is an apartment block built in the 1960’s, when it was about 200 metres from the sea. It is now less than 10 metres from the sea. It has been evacuated and is now serially vandalised. For unknown reasons it has not yet been demolished, but the next big storm will probably do the job for nothing!


Large areas of mud and shingle are exposed at low tide. In some areas there is also a thick layer of a sought after blue-grey clay. I shall try to get a sample.


The villas in the town of Soulac will last a good while yet. I have the impression that there are more and more empty every year. Since they were built perhaps 120 years ago, they have been handed down through families. I would suspect that they are too big and too costly to maintain for many people. Some are also decidedly weird. This one in particular needs only a black night, some dark clouds and bats flitting around the tower to make a very forbidding picture. Maybe also Morticia standing in the doorway.


Morticia? Look it up! Those of us of a certain age will know what I mean. Younger ones, go back beyond the Christina Ricci movie.

This area is slowly disappearing!

Tagged: , on July 27, 2018 by cubsur51

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Just a couple more pictures. First, the wide and sandy beach at Soulac-sur-mer.


And I spotted these among a flock of a dozen or so in a yard. Was it a co-incidence that there was a place selling foie gras a few doors later?


Geese getting fat

The Médoc

Tagged: , on July 26, 2018 by cubsur51

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