Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Abandoned places.

I have a strange fascination for abandoned places. Every time I come across a post on the interwebs like this one, I can easily spend an entire day looking up more background stories and other similar places. And I want to visit all of them, investigate the rumours more closely, and take amazing pictures like the ones I found before.
I'm not sure why they seem so fascinating to me. Part of the reason could be because they are just really great pictures, that can tell entire stories without words. Another reason could be that I'm a big fan of making zombie apocalypse scenarios in my mind, and a lot of these places seem perfect for those. It doesn't always have to be zombie apocalypse stories though, thinking about what happened there in the past can be just as exciting.

Ever since I've been a kid, I loved exploring empty buildings with friends and cousins. There used to be an empty barn near our house, abandoned for at least ten years, which we used to explore and make up ghost stories about. Even small bridges or tree houses in the neigbourhood were enough to fill tons of afternoons.
And every time we're on vacation in a place we've never been before, my friend and I go exploring places without roads (and sometimes with signs telling us to stay away, which we pretend we're not able to understand). To me, those make the best memories.

I'll leave you with this picture from last summer, when we were in Italy. We guess these were remains of some old war bunker. There were a lot of walls with stone steps scattered across a forest on a hill, with small inlets like this one.
Sadly, no treasure was found. And it was a scary place (lots of angry insects) so we didn't stay too long. But it was pretty cool to find something like this unexpectedly.

Italian WW fortress remains