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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.

My picture set at https://1drv.ms/f/s!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.)

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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.

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Australia 2 China 1

In Algarve,Portugal,soccer,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on March 7, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Yesterday in Albufeira, Australia 2 China 1. Australia are going up in the world of women’s football, now being 6th, one place below England. Below, the net bulges as Polkinghorne  (4) scores Australia’s late winner in what had been a pretty poor game. Australias late winner

Other afternoon results : Iceland 0 Spain 0, Norway 0 Japan 2 and Sweden 0 Netherlands 1

Australia tied with the Netherlands, both on 6 points, I think they put Australia top as they beat Netherlands (Netherlands had a better goal difference, so that’s not the decider), Sweden finish third with 4 and China fourth with 1. In group B it’s ended with Spain winners on 7 points, Japan 6, Iceland Norway 1.

ALGARVE CUP Final group results Group B

Russia 1 – 6 Denmark and Portugal 0 – 0 Canada
Fixtures Final match Day Wednesday 8th March
At Albufeira stadium
1445 3rd and 4th place playoff Australia v Denmark
1830 7th and 8th place Sweden v Russia
At Parchal
1445 11th and 12th place Norway v Portugal
1830 9th and 10th place Iceland v China
At the Algarve Stadium
1445 5th and 6th place Japan v Netherlands
1830 FINAL Spain v Canada

The Australia v China was poor stuff , in comparison to the other two games I had watched.  Both teams had enough of the ball to create several goal scoring opportunities but, particularly in the case of Australia, passing was woeful and also the Aussies had an almost pathological aversion to crossing the ball towards the strikers. Why make one pass when ten will do?

China too the lead on 36 minutes through Wang Shanshan.  My goal decision technology shows the ball clearly crossed the line – it was a long shot catching the goalkeeper way off her line.
 

 
Australia equalised just on the hour, this time the ball was actually crossed and Gielnik finsihed well from a tight angle, chipping the ball over and past the goalkeeper into the opposite corner of the goal
 

 
Towards the end, the Chinese got a little tetchy. The referee had cause to speak to several players and yellow cards were brandished, one to the goalkeeper for persistent timewasting and one for a very poor challenge, with which the player clearly did not agree. The Chinese were already starting a big inquest as the final whistle blew.
 

 
 


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Japan 2 Iceland 0 Algarve Women’s Cup 2017

In Albufeira,Portugal,Sports - bike race,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on March 4, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

It was a wet and windy day at Parchal for this game. A strong and gusting wind plus short, sharp and fairly icy showers made things a little difficult for both teams.

A small crowd braved the elements.

Japan started off at a furious pace, which they maintained for most of the match. They were rewarded with two goals in the first 15 minutes, which turned out to be the only scores.

Both goals were scored by Yui Hasegawa. The first was with a long range shot from all of 30 metres that Iceland’s ‘keeper, who was way off her line, misjudged. It sailed over her head into the net. Watch the goal – http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/day-2-algarve-cup-2017/ scroll down to 16:06

The second came after a good sprawling save by the same ‘keeper, the ball spilled loose, defenders were slow to react, the ball came into Hasegawa for an easy tap-in.

Japan were zipping nimbly around, playing a short passing game that had the Icelandic defenders chasing shadows half the time. A couple of them looked very slow indeed. At the other end, Iceland’s strikers managed not one shot on goal during the first half.

It was more of the same in the second half. Despite Iceland playing five up front at times, they managed to force only a couple of half chances. Japan were content to soak up the pressure and did have one really good opportunity to increase their lead, but the Iceland goalie was up to the task and saved well.

The game drifted towards its end among the usual mass of subsitutions and a lot of bad language from the (male) Iceland coach. The rain was hammering down at the final whistle and continued to do so while I walked back to Ferragudo station.

Some pictures below. I couldn’t get the big camera to work. I think it may be on the way to camera heaven.

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Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir received her 100th cap for Iceland today

It was from this save that Hasegawa (number 17) scored her second. Sorry for picture quality! Observe lack of white shirted defenders.

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Hasegawa second

Almost a third for Japan

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A rare bit of sunshine during the game!

A rare attacking threat from Iceland, blotted out by massed defence.

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Japan defend en masse

 

Don’t see this at football grounds these days! He was German, from Potsdam.

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Fan with wooden rattle

The stadium dog befriended the man with the rattle and his mate. A cry of ‘hilfe’ was heard as the dog obviously thought his luck was in.

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Stadium dog