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Some aerial shots on the way home

In Algarve,Portugal on June 1, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , , ,

Not very good quality, but I had my camera in hand so took a few shots of things that caught my eye on the flight from London Gatwick to Faro.

Selection – some pretty patterns on the sea just south of the Brittany coast of France

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The town of Olhão as we come in to land.

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We pass low over old city area of Faro just before landing.

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Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells May 2017

In Pictures from England on May 6, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

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A quick trip to the UK for a football related event and an excuse to drink huge amounts of proper beer. First few pictures are for rail fans. Taken on Friday 5th May at Tonbridge, they show the sidings at Tonbridge West Yard, which are mainly used as a base for infrastructure maintenance trains operated by GB Railfreight and Network Rail. Various trains were being assembled in advance a large project scheduled for the weekend. Four tracks are used to stable trains overnight.

There is also a snowplough based there, which probably hasn´t moved in years.

The actual station nearby sees twelve passenger trains every hour on weekdays and Saturdays heading to or from London, plus two on the cross country to Redhill.

The western end would be a modellers delight with two main tracks diverging sharply, a complicated set of points (switches) and the network of sidings between. The other direction would be rather more difficult as one set of tracks is dead straight for about 20 miles!

A couple of shots of Camden Road in Tunbridge Wells, one of the few remaining streets of independent shops in an English town of similar size.

In contrast, High Street has some very upmarket shops including a jewellers with £14,000 Cartier watches on display.

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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.

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Albufeira 12th April and 25ºC

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

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Fishing harbour

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Boat trips entering and leaving the marina

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Main town beach

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Town beach from up by the lift looking east

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Town Beach, Pier and Inatel Hotel

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Town beach and Sol e Mar hotel

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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 www.novacortica.pt 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.

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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.)

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Spring in Albufeira

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on March 28, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Additional pictures now successully uploaded.

After several days of wet and windy weather, culminating in a squally storm on Sunday the like of which we haven’t had here in a very long time, the sun was out today. I took the opportunity for a couple of walks, not the least because new owners are now above me in the apartment block, not just one but two apartments. They are busy smashing down walls, stripping old tiles, ripping out old kitchens and generally making on hell of a racket. Can’t hear meself think at times. Anyway they have stopped now.

All these pictures were taken today, 28th March 2017

We will start with some nice colours.

The recent rain means there is a lot of water in the river that from here flows under the town and out to sea.

Everywhere there are insects buzzing around the wild flowers, doing what ever it is they do.


Not far from where these pictures were taken, a large area of what was to have been yet another holiday resort is gradually returning to nature. Not a brick was ever laid. For anyone who knows the areas, this is opposite the Eden Resort, about 1km out of town.






Nearby is the long established Clube Albufeira complex.


It’s on the left of this picture, which also shows the N395 road north towards Ferreiras.

And this is the Eden resort from a bit of a distance

Some views of the wooded hills near Páteo, not far from where I live.


And looking north past the retail park are the hills around Salir and Alte.

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Albufeira Beach 8th March 2017

In Albufeira,Algarve on March 8, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

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Temperature 24ºC 8th March, Albufeira main beach



Here are a few more from this sunny day, plenty of people enjoying the beach.