Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Festa Vale Hotel, Marfa, Malta - August 2014

Mrs Hunter had booked us a holiday to Malta.

I kept driving past this place, poking out of the trees and bushes a top of a hill, winking at me. Was it ??? Oh yes a disused hotel built into a hillside slowly being enveloped by trees.

Time for a wander.

A walk in the tea time heat up to the Saint Agatha's Tower, known as the Red Tower it sits on the Mellieha Ridge above Mellieha and Marfa, Malta.

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The tower was shut, but not to worry as I hadn't trudged up the steep hill to see the tower, my destination was a little below Saint Agatha's in the bushes.

Going off some of the graffiti in the hotel it had been abandoned since at least 2000, and I have only found one reference to it by name being Festa Vale Hotel, very little information is to be found on this place other than reference to the "abandoned holiday complex" or "abandoned hotel".

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At first glance around the place it wasn't of much interest, in fact it was a little bit shit

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 and then I kept on walking down to a lower level of the hotel for a present surprise and suddenly things got interesting with a covered swimming pool area.

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Back out into the heat to the outdoor pool area I wandered with the sweat streaming down my back I pottered slowly toward the main hotel block

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A huge staircase down into the hotel from the pool area had been filled in with rubble, so I wandered a little further to enter through a hole in the wall of a corridor to find a darkened stepped passage down into the bowels of the hotel or was it up? The terrain was all getting a little confusing and the steps of the darkened corridor led up. It was at this point a rather large (or rather larger than I wanted) snake shot past me and thankfully it was gone before my arse had stopped twitching - turns out the snakes of Malta are harmless I should add.
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The light was failing, it was time to leave before the bad boys and village idiots turned up.....
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A few wrong turns in the maze and I was out, I'm sure I must have missed some of the place as I didn't find kitchens or the dining rooms, bar area etc - but I was out and out of water, sweating like a pig it was time for home.

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8/10 - extra points for holiday derp and an arse clenching snake encounter.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Wied Musa Battery, Malta - August 2014

Mrs Hunter booked a holiday to Malta and look what we find next to our hotel. I couldn't not go in, every time I came out the door of our hotel it winked at me.

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Built in 1714 this gun battery sits on the beach opposite the Riviera Hotel in Marfa, Malta. The Wied Musa Battery is a lot bigger than compared to others in the area and has been further extended for use as a governors residence and in later years use as a hotel, the rather grandly named Marfa Palace Hotel.

No acrobatics required a simple walk in, on with the photos.

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6/10 - being honest not a lot to see, but holiday derp always gets extra points - however the the next spot I found was a cracker....







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Monday, 28 July 2014

Eldon Grove, Liverpool - July 2014

Urban Spaceman's call this one, with a txt earlier in the week.

Eldon Grove tenements, Liverpool - built in 1912 and totally fucked by 2014, Grade II listed, full of discarded needles and man poo.

Voices, we could hear voices, the mumblings, just below the level of being able to decipher the ramblings. Homeless ? druggies ? We just avoided that area of the block.

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Darkened stairwells beckoned us in...

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Up top the place is stripped out, burnt out and in places just waiting to collapse in on its self, but still Eldon Grove still holds its charms.

 Eldon Grove tenements Liverpool - view over to Liverpool

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7/10 - nice derp.

Liverpool, we will be back and on a regular basis....

Monday, 21 July 2014

Sherdley Remec, St Helens - July 2014

We visited a place of zombies and finding it zombie free it was sadly found to be gathering paintballers at a rapid pace. We made our excuses and left.

Scratching our heads we decided to make the short drive on to St. Helens, one party member down at this point I should add. It turns out you either love St. Helens or don't and our honorable chap voted with his feet, despite my protesting that you can't really write off a whole town.

Apparently you can....

Well Sherdley Remec, what can you say about this place other than it was derp in 2011 and it hasn't improved with age and is a real blight on the landscape.

With cars parking up and gentlemen wandering onto site every so often its either a gay cruising area or drug drop off area, something was a miss.

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Overly Ripe 3/10 -  with no drugs found or sexual favours offered nor accepted.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Lost Lido - July 2014

Not much to say really on this one, a solo visit to a woodland area in Derbyshire that I'd wanted to visit for ages.

In the 1960s you could catch a bus from Manchester to bath at this now forgotten and long decaying gem - other than that the history is a little sketchy.

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These days it's a rather peaceful spot with a few carp swimming round and thousands of mini frogs (or possibly toads?) creeping though the dead leaves and moss.

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8/10 - not much to it, but extra points for the much needed peace and tranquility after a shite week in the office.

Time for some major derp !!!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Rock Nook Mill - June 2014

A short drive up to the Pennine Moors, meeting up with my good friends The Judderman and the one  only known as ZerO81.

This empty mill sits on the side of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, rather a nice spot with the barges going up and down in the locks - don't let this lovely spot fool you, the local youths are feral wee beasties who like nothing better than scuttling through the ventilation ducts.

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What we have here is nothing special, which is kind of what makes it a little cool....

A deceptively dangerous looking entrance masks a 5 floor mill, thrashed in parts with no sodden "you may die" floors, plenty of peeling paint and enough little bits to waste a few hours in relative safety compared to most death trap Lancashire satanic mills.

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I could post loads of shots from this place,but hey get off your arse and go yourself.

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Inspired by Great-Ape

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