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Visit to Silves 22nd December 2018

In Algarve,Portugal on December 23, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

I have not been to Silves for a good while, so as my team Imortal of Albufeia was playing there it was a god opportunity to have a look around. Silves was the capital city of the Algarve ‘kingdom’ 1000 or more years ago.It has a cathedral and the remains of the castle on top of the hill above the more modern town. Here they are in the evening light from across the river valley.


Silves is a popular place for a day trip from the coastal resorts, especially in summer. Yesterday it was fairly bright and sunny, a few visitors were about.

The old bridge, it is not Roman as some would have you believe!


The river nearby was very sluggish and was coated with a green algae which the many fish seem to like.


The market hall is the building with the red pointed roof, across the street a more modern consumer venue on the site of a long derelict factory building.


Silves has a maze of small streets up on the hill. Unfortunately as with so many towns here a lot of the buildings are unoccupied and derelict. Some streets of tiny houses are however well kept, like this one.


I will bet that most you don’t have this in mid winter where you live!


The view from the north side of the old castle walls, looking over the orange groves and modern suburbs.


For more pictures please follow this link – Silves 22nd December 2018

And finally, sunset at the railway station while waiting for the train back to Albufeira.




Canterbury – some random images

In Pictures from England on September 21, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , , , ,

A few pictures taken over the past two or three days. Most of Canterbury has been photographed a million times.

All that remains of the Worthgate. The inscription on the panel is dated 1833, shortly after the demolition of the gate.


Probably because of the number of visitors, Canterbury still has more pubs than the average English city or town. These two are a little off the tourist trail, more authentic and worth a visit.


St Mildred’s Church, parts of which pre date the Norman invasion of 1066 although it has been extensively changed in more recent times, but not much for the last 500 years or so!


The river Stour flows through Canterbury in several channels. Until fairly recent times there were flour mills and tanneries within the city walls for which this was the water supply and power for the watermills.


The Zoar Strict Baptist chapel dates from 1854 and is one of the few buildings in that area to have escaped the destruction of the 1942 air raid. It is built into one of the bastions of the city wall.


Parts of the city wall and the bastions are restored and well preserved.


Not so the skeletal remains of Canterbury Castle. Dating from the late 11th century it is now closed to visitors because its crumbling walls.


One of the few streets in Canterbury that can be photographed without parked cars spoiling the view!


A traditional and colourful greengrocer’s stall in the High Street.




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!


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.




Simple pleasure of a blackberry bush

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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.


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.



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.


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.


View of Portimão from down by the dock.


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


And finally, a view across the river to Ferragudo.


Albufeira green and wet

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

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


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


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.


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.