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Visit to Lagoa 24th May 2018

In Algarve,Portugal on May 26, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Last Thursday and a short visit to the nearby town of Lagoa. With a population of around 23,000 Lagoa is one of the fairly unspoiled towns in the Algarve region. It’s away from the coast, so is not on the tourist trails. Like many towns here, it is a mixture of the well kept and practically derelict, although I am happy to say that the latter is a minority.

This is the Palácio da Rosa, now the town council Treasury office. Most of the structure dates from the 18th century and was a private residence until 1970.
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The town war memorial includes names from recent conflicts in Angola and Mozambique.
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There aren’t many places with cattle around here, especially right on the edge of town. Just to the east of Lagoa is a large aeea of very wet land where presumably web-footed bovines are kept.
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A few more pictures at https://1drv.ms/f/s!Am0w7qp9HCpqg8kB4o0805wJCN4wGA not yet captioned. Will have to do that on Sunday afternoon.

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Flowers blooming

In Albufeira on May 2, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

In our little rock garden here in rather less than sunny Albufeira! The wet weather has brought everything out.

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Yes I know these are not flowers!
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Views from Bem Parece, Páteo, Albufeira

In Algarve,Portugal on April 5, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Took these couple this afternoon while on other business.

The first is looking down into the old town area. The long line of buildings is the Avenida da Liberdade and above them part of the Cerro Mar hotel complex. On the right hand side middle you can make out the open structure that sits on the cliff near the top of the escalators. These were taken with my pocket camera.
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The second is looking north. The brown scar across the middle is the never completed road that was to link the A2 highway with the road into Albufeira. To the right hand side is the Vale Paraiso light industrial and warehouse shopping area, above that the small town of Ferreiras and in the distance the hills in the Alte – Benafim – Penina area, which rise to 479 metres or 1572 feet.

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A few more pictures taken around Porto city centre , along the way to Matosinhos, to Póvoa de Varzim on the metro. Click the box to go the album.

Best value sightseeing trip in Porto is the number 500 bus, from Praca da Liberdade to Matosinhos market. For just €1,95 cash or using your tourist or Andante 24 pass, you can enjoy a 35 minute ride along the river and to the beach area at Matosinhos. And it is a double decker bus, so there are great views. It’s a normal city bus but tourists have obviously latched onto it.

At Matosinhos you can enjoy the huge beach on a sunny day, maybe watch the ships entering and leaving the docks and in summer there might be cruise ship at the flash looking terminal.

If you are there for lunch or dinner, there are any number of places to eat along the Rua Hérois de França, which is the road more or less from the docks and market area into town. There you will see cooks preparing and grilling fish in outdoor kitchens.

For a different way back into the city, you can take a metro tram from the Matosinhos Market or Matosinhos Sul stops. The metro is above ground almost all the way.

If you do that, you will pass through the Senhora da Hora station. In its time it was an important junction on the narrow gauge network of lines that served Porto’s northern suburbs and places further afield. Opened in 1875, it operated until 2002 when some lines were replaced by the modern metro. Steam trains were running as recently as 1968. I found some old pictures which are included in the album.

Off to Póvoa de Varzim, at the far end of the metro (have to get my money’s worth from the 3 day pass!) where I chanced upon a little food fair and an urban farm. At the food fair a small team was grinding flour on a mini windmill, an elderly woman was making the dough (rather expertly it seemed to me) and a younger chap was baking Pão de Chouriço – basically sausage in bread. As well as other stuff. And very nice they were too.

Visit to Porto area, third part

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Albufeira old town from above

In Albufeira on February 16, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

A very nice sunny and warm day today, so I climbed the hill above Albufeira’s old town and took a few pictures.

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Viruses have at last gone!

In Albufeira on February 2, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

That was a nasty one, nearly three weeks of it! I can understand now why people die of the ‘flu. if not healthy to begin with.

Anyway, the sun is out and the sky is blue which cheers everyone up.

Here’s a couple of pictures I took on my way to the supermarket earlier. First time I have been there for 10 days.

This the play and exercise area at the entrance to the tunnel that takes the footpath under the main road and into town.
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I am out for a walk this afternoon. My next door neighbour is rebuilding his bathroom, so I need to escape the drilling and hammering for a couple of hours. More pictures later of the sunny countryside.

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New semi-decent camera now purchased

In Computers and Internet on September 26, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged:

I have now worked out how to take a picture at least! I have also invested in a new desktop computer, to replace the seven years old model that is showing increasing signs of old age like running out of memory!

Transferring all the stuff you want from old to new while getting rid of the junk is almost as bad as moving home. Some time later this week I shall be back in the real world. A day out in Lagos (Portugal, not Nigeria) is coming up on Thursday. It’s a good while since I have been there, camera(s) will be to hand.

I have finally purchased a new semi-decent camera to replace the one that died a few months back. Once I have mastered it, there should be some better quality pictures here.

As usual with things technological, it is about the same price as I paid ten years ago. But it has probably more functions than I have had hot meals. The instruction manual runs to 311 pages!!

Até logo.