Posts Tagged ‘railway station’


Quick visit to Faro 29th January

In Algarve,Portugal,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on January 30, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Took the short trip to Faro yesterday to watch football. In the Second Division here midweek matches are normally played during the afternoon rather than at night as clubs cannot compete with the TV audience for higher level games.

It was a cloudy day and not good for pictures but here’s a few.

Faro’s small marina with the Hotel EVA in the background. This is practically in the city centre. Before the railway was built across an inlet, there was actually a beach here. Faro bus station is behind that hotel and the railway station a short distance further.

faro marina and hotel eva 290119

Trains at Faro station under very cloudy skies.


The very urban setting of the São Luis stadium in Faro, home of SC Farense. This was taken just before kickoff. A total of 1626 fans were at the game, about their average attendance. Obviously work and education are not important on a Tuesday afternoon!


The almost vertical terrace steps used to get where I was sitting have no handrails or safety measures of any type. UK stadium safety officers would have heart failure if they saw this. I was in row O, there were several more higher up.



Storks flying display in Parchal

In Algarve,Portugal on January 25, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Such an exciting life but yesterday a bonus! It was a really nice day here, 20ºC although a bit windy. Such is my world that I had to take a trip to the Staples office supplies store in Parchal to buy a new shredder, my old one having expired after 20 years of loyal service. Parchal is across the river from Portimão and about 1 mile /1.6km) from the popular little town of Ferragudo.

First some pictures looking across the river towards Portimão. Sun shining, a good day.

The railway bridge over the Arade river.

The Largo do Dique and Jardim (garden) area in Portimão centre.


The riverfront and part of the city centre behind.


Clouds shrouding the hills around Monchique, the highest point is almost 1000 metres above sea level.


The bridge that takes the N125 road across the Arade further upstream

The little station at Ferragudo – Parchal where I was waiting. A café / bar occupies the left hand side of the building. The classic design of the early 20th century stations here. There would have been two tracks when originally built. In fact it was the end of the line until the bridge was built across the river in 1915.

About a dozen storks gave a flying display while I was there. I cannot recall seeing so many in the air at one time. They clack their beaks together in some form of communication, easily heard over quite a long distance.






Visit to Wolverhampton

In Albufeira,Pictures from England on October 3, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

On Sunday last week I took quick trip from Birmingham to Wolverhampton on the West Midlands metro light rail. I was hoping to see some scenery but bad idea. The track runs in cuttings much of the way so most of what I saw was trees.

The West Midlands metro is the only light rail or tram I have been on that does not have ticket machines at the stops. If you don’t have a pass or can´t use ‘tap and pay’ on your bank card, you buy a ticket from a conductor on board. Just we did on buses maybe 30 or 40 years ago.

Amid Wolverhampton’s nightmare of ring roads and modernity there are some bits worth seeing.

Wolverhampton canal scene

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There are some decent pubs in the centre and I was pleased to find Enville ales on sale at one and a decent pint of Marston’s 61 for just £2,90 at another.