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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.

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Still very dry here.

In Albufeira,Algarve on August 30, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Still very dry here.

It hasn’t rained for months. Although some of the deep rooted trees and evergreen shrubs are still green, the grass has long since turned to straw. I went out for a couple of hours walk this afternoon, just out the back into the one-time sheep and goat territory. Dry thorn leaves cracked underfoot, long scratchy things attacked. Bamboo seems also to be growing quite well. I thought bamboo was a tropical plant.

It’s a mystery why there have not been more fires with all those careless people around. There is a ban on outdoor fires, barbecues, roasts etc anywhere there is grass and trees.

It is still quite warm, 26ºC today, not so hot as it was a couple of weeks ago. Up here 110 metres (330 feet) above sea level it was quite windy. Blue sky overhead, but some fairly large clouds were piling up over the hills to the north. but there seems no danger of any rain any time soon.

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Clouds over the Algarve Hills 30th August 2017

A few pictures of the semi desert of Albufeira, all taken this afternoon 30th August.


Does anyone have a recipe for cactus? It will be all that’s growing here soon!


We always know when it’s election time. The minor roads are suddenly repaired and re-surfaced. But did they run out of money before they finished the centre line? Or was it just they ran out of paint or, more likely I think, it was going home time. And of course they don’t go back to complete unfinished work. Those guiding dots continued for a considerable distance.

On a different topic, I don’t know whether to call this art or not. This grafitti on an abandoned bridgework must have taken a very long time! it’s over 20 feet (6 metres) high at the left hand end.

I have asked elsewhere, but do you know what these plants are? They were very conspicuous among the brown because of their grey / green colour. But I am almost completely ignorant about plants.

Have a nice day.

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Soulac sur Mer 1945 and 2017 comparison; trip home from Bordeaux via Lisbon

I finally solved a mystery that had been bugging me for years! Turned out to be quite simple in the end.

During the closing weeks of World War Two, mid-April 1945, Soulac sur mer and the surrounding area was the scene of several days close combat between French forces and the occupying Germans, who were in no mood to surrender without a fight.

Many books have been published about these battles. One I bought a while back contained a couple of pictures of close quarter action. I was pretty sure I knew the place, but somehow couldn’t figure it. So this year I scanned the pictures and went looking. It didn’t take long as it turned out. Here is the result.

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Soulac sur mer in 1945 and 2017

The location is just to the south of the railway station, the line crosses the road to the right where the two tall masts can be seen. the new tree obscures the view of the electrical substation, the equipment of which can be seen to the left of the psot above the soldier. Google view, the red mark shows where I stood. Not quite the same place as the chap in 1945 as the road was a little busier when I was there!

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Location for comparison photos, Soulac sur mer

The German forces was pushed back from Soulac on the 17th and 18th April 1945. Their last stand was at the fortfications of Le Verdon a few km to the north. Surrender came on 20th April 1945. The two sides lost 1050 men during the week’s combats.

I have a few more photos from a bike ride around Royan, Vaux Sur Mer and La Palmyre. These I shall add in a day or two.

My train ride home from Bordeaux was very agreeable. Here is what I posted on Trip Advisor :

I travelled on the Sud Express from Írun to Lisbon Tuesday night / this morning.

Some observations – the train was full. I was expecting the farce of heavy handed security and lines for baggage checks at Írun as per my previous trip a few years ago. No such thing, people in seated cars simply walked on board and those of us in sleeper cars showed our tickets to the hostess who made sure we went in the right one – some obviously didn’t! No one demanded to see my passport or made me take my shoes off. All very civilised.

Train left 2 minutes late. The first hour or so of the trip is through the Basque country with its station signs and almost everything else in that incomprehensible language. Nice wooded and hilly scenery, some rain and mist on the tallest peaks.

There are no announcements on board, so if getting off before Lisbon best set a good alarm. One thing will cause despondency among the internet junkies – there is no wifi, no electrical sockets other than a shaver socket in the sleeper compartments, no USB sockets, no nothing like that on board. Your 3G roaming will work for a good while, but once out into the remote country areas, forget it.

I know this may mean actually having to engage in conversation, the hardship is noted.

The train does rumble and clank, although I did sleep reasonably well most of the way. The exception was around 2am (Spanish time) or 1am (Portuguese time), when it sounded like we were running over corrugated iron sheets for quite a time.

The air con /heating system worked well, neither too hot nor too cold, but then the outside weather wasn’t exactly summer. There is no longer a full meal service, just an on board café / bar car. Almost everyone, myself included, was well supplied with their own stuff.

Arrival in Lisbon Oriente was 1 minute ahead of schedule. I then waited for my train down to Albufeira.

I arrived exactly on time in Albufeira this morning after a trip of a 21hrs 57 minutes involving four different trains and crossing two national borders. All tickets bought on line except for the 3 minute ride from Hendaye to Írun on Euskotren’s nice new train, which cost me €1,70 from the machine.

Yes it costs more than flying and is slower, but a much less stressful way to travel IMHO. A nice winding down it was for me after a six week trip around various places.

I started my journey on the TGV from Bordeaux. This was one of the new Duplex (double deck) trains introduced upon the opening of the new high speed line between Tours and Bordeaux. It was absolutely full on leaving. There were no ticket checks at all, my upper deck window seat was occupied by someone with a vaid ticket but in the wrong coach. He had to move!

Passengers alighted in numbers at every stop, by the time we reached the end of the line at Hendaye few were left. Arrival was on time but the schedule has been padded to allow for a few miles of painfull slow running between Bayonne and St Jean de Luz.  Subsidence has caused some minor track damage which has yet to be repaired. Trains must therefore run slowly, for that reason (but excuse actually) SNCF no longer extends most of its trains the extra distance across the border and to Írun.

So, at Hendaye it’s a short walk out of the main station to the Euskotren station. A couple of staff were on hand to assist the many foreigners with the ticket machines (there is no ticket office) and my €1,70 ticket across the border was easily obtained. The trip to the Euskotren station at Írun Colon takes 4 minutes, from there is it 3 minutes easy walk to the main station.

 

Soulac sur Mer 1945 and 2017 comparison; trip home from Bordeaux via Lisbon

Tagged: , , on August 12, 2017 by cubsur51

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