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It is getting hot here, so yesterday I took the rented bike out for a gentle three hours around the village of Talais and the marshes by the river. I chanced upon a large area of blackberry bushes and a lot of the berries were ready to eat. And very nice they were too!

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And a short distance down the road, the vastness of Gironde estuary at low tide. This is the western side, looking north. Just visible, as a speck to the right of centre, are the cranes at the port of Le Verdon.

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Simple pleasure of a blackberry bush

Tagged: , , on August 3, 2018 by cubsur51

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Visit to Portimão 8th May 2018

In Algarve,Portugal on May 9, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Visit to Portimão 8th May 2018

Just a short trip for an afternoon out. There was a cruise ship in town, the Seabourne Quest, 32,348 tons. Ship carries 456 passengers in some luxury I should imagine! I was unable to get too close because of the security.

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An event was being laid on for the passengers, who seemed mostly French. Local estate agents were occupying some of the tents. Musicians were setting up a stage behind where I was standing.

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Also docked was the replica French sailing frigate L’Hermione.

This isn’t my picture. Large crowds waiting to go on board blocked my view. I didn’t have time to spare unfortunately. The vessel is a replica of the frigate of the same name that carried the Marquis Lafayette from France to the not quite USA in 1780, where he joined the War of Independence on the American side. Later in his life he was in command of the National Guard at the time of the French Revolution, but was imprisoned for five years by the radical elements. He was later offered the ‘job’ of dicator, which he declined. As one does.

The ship will be visiting various locations in Spain and France until June 16th.

In a disused part of the dock, a stork has made its next on top of a old crane job.

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Nearby is a part of the conveyors that were used to transfer fish from the boats into the factories that once lined the river. All gone now. The Portimão museum is located there now.

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View of Portimão from down by the dock.

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The railway bridge built in 1915 is 330 metres long, carrying the line across the River Arade.

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And finally, a view across the river to Ferragudo.
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Albufeira green and wet

In Albufeira on April 19, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

The recent rain has brought out the flowers. Supermarket garden.

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The little stream that runs towards and then under the town is flowing fairly well.

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The problem for me is that flowers and blossoms mean pollen! Hayfever time is here. I must be almost alone in looking forward to the forecast rain for Friday afternoon and the weekend.

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Visit to Porto area, part two

In Portugal on March 27, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

These pictures were taken over the course of Tuesday 20th March 2018. It was a windy day, quite cold but mercifully dry. I must learn to take not so many pictures!

I began in the Aliados, Praça da Liberdade area, up to São Bento railway station (cannot resist the interior) a quick poke around some back streets then a tram across the river to Jardim dos Morros in Vila Nova de Gaia. The best views of Porto and the river generally are from the bridge and the ‘other’ side of the river.

I also wanted to try out the fairly recently built cable car that runs down from Jardim dos Morros to the tourist boats and port wine lodges by the river. Strictly for tourists as it does start operation until 10.00am, the one way ticket is a slightly alarming €6, but at a fairly quiet time I had a car to myself so was able to take pictures from all angles. The trip is fairly slow, about 5 minutes from top to bottom.

I then walked for about 4 miles (6km) along the river bank through Vila Nova de Gaia, into the town of São Pedro de Afurada and right out to the mouth of the Douro river to the Atlantic Ocean. There are beaches there, but not inviting on a cold and windy March day!

I took a bus back, which after wending its way around various suburbs, crossed the tall Ponte Arrabida to the Boavista area. Then an easy metro ride back to where I was staying.

For a short visit to Porto, I recommend the Andante Tour ticket. I had the three day version for €15. It’s valid on all the metro lines even right out into the countryside, almost all the buses of all operators in and around the city, but NOT on the old trams and the elevator.

Part 3, more pictures from Porto, to follow within the next couple of days.