Ruins, abandoned ships, old foundations, submerged statues – nature reclaims everything we create, with the most beautiful results.
Hashima Island, Japan
Established in 1887, this island was inhabited by coal miners and their families until 1974 when the last of the residents left. Now it sits empty, the gigantic concrete buildings slowly crumbling. It was also used as the setting of Raoul Silva’s lair in Skyfall. And what a KICK ASS lair it was.
Another ghost town, Kolmanskop was once a diamond-mining town, built to resemble a German village, in the Namib Desert. Now the dunes have pushed their way into the houses, ballrooms, power stations and schools.
The SS Kyle, Harbor Grace, Newfoundland
I have driven past the Kyle many times on my way to my grandparent’s place in Lower Island Cove. Constructed in 1912, the ship was run ashore in ’62 and then damaged in a storm. Since then, it has sat in Riverhead, Harbor Grace’s bay, rusting away. At one point, they painted the exterior because it was becoming kind of an eyesore but there are no plans to move the wreck any time soon. Good.
El Museo subaquàtico de Arte
The world’s largest collection of underwater contemporary sculpture, diving the MUSA in Cancun, Mexico is definitely on my bucket list. Every one of the 400 life-sized cement statues were created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. The purpose? To distract divers from the nearby natural reefs so they can regenerate. The statues are also made from materials that promote coral growth so, one day, hopefully, this will also become a reef. AMAZING!
La Manche Village, Newfoundland
I saved the best for last. While maybe not as incredible as the other ghost towns, I’ve camped in the ruins of La Manche Village and it’s maybe my favourite place on earth. Pitch a tent on a filled-in foundation and wake up right on the ocean. Inland, there’s a fresh water swimming hole with a waterfall that drains into the sea – it’s just so, so beautiful. The village was destroyed by a storm in 1966 that wiped out most of the buildings. Now, an extension bridge extends the East Coast Trail through La Manche. I can’t wait to visit again.
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