September 2011Monthly Archives
In addition to the Connemara National Park, picturesque villages and rugged Atlantic coastline, County Galway in western Ireland is home to three beautiful abandoned mansions that fell into ruin for reasons including gambling and civil strife.
Part 7 of our (almost) weekly link round-up examines more haunting abandoned places and urban exploring, as well as a decent dose of urban art – including a rediscovered and restored mural by infamous street artist Banksy.
This incredible post-Soviet aircraft graveyard lies 60 miles north of Vladivostok at the abandoned Vozdvizhenka air base. Incredibly, there is no security and urban explorers can apparently just wander onto the crumbling facility to document the gutted bombers.
The ruins of Shali in Egypt’s Siwa Oasis display a medieval ghost town that remained inhabited until a major rain storm in 1926. The fortress is now a popular tourist destination, and a lure to historically-minded urban explorers.
This old Anglican church, established 1883 in the village of Braddeck, Cape Breton Island, is one of several places of worship that have served the community over the years, but appears to be leaning towards the camera. Optical illusion, or sinking foundations?
Cape Breton Island, with its traditional Celtic music and winding Cabot Trail, is a popular tourist destination. But visitors flocking to this romantic island may happen across an altogether different type of roadside attraction – Joe’s Scarecrow Village.
When a beautiful stretch of Pacific coast became a dumping ground over 50 years, nature eventually fought back and smoothed the discarded glass into pretty trinkets that helped “Glass Beach” become a modern tourist attraction.
Part 6 of our Weekly Link Round-Up looks at urban art, urban exploration, abandoned places, mega-structures and a variety of other offbeat subjects. Enjoy!
In the wake of this summer’s Transformers 3 movie, a number of full scale Optimus Primes have appeared on the Beijing skyline – built from salvaged scrap metal with the look of recycled art installations.