LOWELL and BISBEE

Bisbee is a copper mining town that has, some how,  flourished since the mine closed. The steep landscape and opulent architecture, from the boom days, make the town uniquely attractive. Lots of interesting pubs, bars and restaurants, and an atmosphere of 1960’s counter culture, have given Bisbee a whole new life.

Just outside of Bisbee is, what’s left of, the town of Lowell. In the 1950’s the mine pit was expanded to extract more copper and most of the town was consumed in the expansion. What is left (Eire Street) appears to have been frozen in time. Crumbling buildings, closed businesses, old cars, weeds and debris. A fantastic and confusing place.

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Reflections in a junk shop window

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Bisbee graffiti wall

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Chainsaw on a roof

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Rustys Snacks

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Main Street Bisbee

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Captivating display of ancient dentistry.

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Bisbee mine  head

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Mine Site

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Shell servo, Lowell

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Cadillac from space

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Outside Lowell Gym.

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ON TO TOMBSTONE

After the workshop at Tanque Verde Ranch, we picked up a hire car in Tucson and headed over to Tombstone. The old town is still pretty well intact, but relies heavily on tourism, so has a bit of a theme park air about it. Lots of cowboys, bar girls and guns, but the old historic locations are all well preserved and very interesting.

From Tombstone we drove out to a few old ghost towns and abandoned mining towns in the region. We discovered some great old buildings in various stages of decay.

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Rain across the prairies between Tucson and Tombstone

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Main street Tombstone

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Cowboys on the boardwalk

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Stage coach into town

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Stage coach out of town.

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Some local beer and wine in the Crystal Palace, followed by a mighty meal and a band that didn’t play cowboy songs – well not many anyway!

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Beautiful old Hotel on mainstreet.

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Well preserved backstreet cottage.

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Not so well preserved facade from more recent times.

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Slowly crumbling cottage in the old mining town of Gleeson.

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Once a thriving business – now part of Gleeson’s collection of decaying buildings.

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Remains of the old Gleeson Jail – no wardens, no prisoners but plenty of patriotic flags.

© John Lovett 2018Well preserved store in the old town of Pearce

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CAMBODIA

 

After a great workshop in Vietnam, Dianne and I flew over to Siem Reap in Cambodia to see the Angkor temples and waterside villages on  Tonle Sap lake. The Cambodian people are happy and friendly. The country is 97% Buddhist and many of the children, from poorer families, go into the monasteries to take pressure off the families. 

We met Pau, who entered a monastery at eight years of age and is now in his early twenties. He enjoys the discipline of the monastery. He speaks good English and is studying education. His goal is to open a village school to improve the chances for young people to work and study.

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Monastery accommodation is austere and simple.

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Pau, happy with his life as a Monk.

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Detail of intricate stone carving from Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat Temple

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Stone gable carving Angkor Wat

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Ta Phrom Temple – slowly being eaten by the jungle.

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Thom Bayon Temple features large carved stone heads of Buddha and beautiful, intricate relief carvings of daily life back in the 11th and 12th centuries.

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Temple monkey overcome with boredom

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Temple monkey overcome with confusion

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Temple monkey overcome with enlightenment.

 

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Siem Reap petrol tanker – powered by a mechanical plough.

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Fire pot vendor powered by a small motor scooter

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Mattress vendor- powered by a small motorbike

 

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With the luxury of a small truck, there is nothing you can’t carry.

 

From Siem Reap we travelled by tuk tuk down to Kampong Phluk – a village of stilt houses, some colorful, some old and thatched, built in the Tonle Sap Lake. It’s a fascinating village – life is lived entirely on the water. Kids grow up in boats and soon become skilled fishermen.

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HOI AN

 

The old town of Hoi An stretches out along the Song Thu Bon River. A mixture of Chinese, French Colonial, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture give the ancient town an interesting character. The central markets run from before dawn till after dark. Every imaginable vegetable is available. Some weird cuts of meat, live ducks, chickens, fish, prawns and crabs are also for sale. Everything is fresh each day and the activity is mesmerising.Image © John Lovett 2015
Old Japanese Bridge

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Fresh Fish

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Meat and Cigarettes

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River Sunrise

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For a few dollars this old lady will ferry you across the river.

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Morning Fishermen

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Boats along the River

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Fresh Frogs

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River Boatman (Hums Tom Waits Tunes)

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Cast net Fisherman

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Purple lanterns.

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Cigarettes and Incense Image © John Lovett 2015
Purple Lanterns and Bougainvillea Image © John Lovett 2015
Fishing Fleet

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Red Bridge cooking School where we cooked ourselves a feast and all became Vietnamese cooking experts.Image © John Lovett 2015
Lunar Festival Dinner

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Lunar Festival Paper Lanterns

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Lunar festival

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Wooden boats

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Afternoon Market

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VILLEFRANCHE SUR MER

Following our week in Annecy, we headed south by coach, via Avignon, to Villefranche Sur Mer, an historic town between Nice and Monaco on the Côte d’Azur

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FRAN1780Villefranche Sur Mer Sculpture by the sea

FRAN1709Enjoying the scenery – Annecy to Ville Franche sur mer

DSC06973Pondering history – a Kronenbourg, Exile on Main Street and Villa Nellcote straight across the Bay.

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FRAN1793 All of life’s luxuries packed into a spare plot of (very expensive) land.

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FRAN1853 Stacked market boxes

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CORDOBA & GRANADA

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Heading south, the Spanish countryside becomes more densely packed with olive trees and much of the architecture has a strong islamic influence.

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In Cordoba, horses are taught to dance…

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…or transport visitors around the town

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The Mezquita and the Cathedral of Cordoba is an amazing structure. After being blown away by the scale and beauty of the Mosque, you discover a huge Christian Cathedral right in the middle

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The decoration is mesmerising. The more you study it the more intricate it becomes.

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Cordoba Cathedral

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More Photos from Granada and the Alhambra.

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BARCELONA

Everything is extreme in Barcelona – the food,  the fashion, the bars, the music and the architecture.

Antoni Gaudi’s amazing buildings dot the city and have become some of  the city’s major tourist attractions.

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Sagrada Familia – still under construction after 120 years.

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Barcelona balconies – making a medieval facade look like a Gaudi facade.

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Some of the architecture prior to Gaudi was pretty wild and elaborate too.

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9:30 at night and the city starts to come alive – bars and restaurants start to fill around 10 or 11 and crowds are heading home as the sun comes up.

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Nail Polish pink Vesper.

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Man with dog and sidecar.

The Barcelona Maritime Museum had an exhibition of giant puppets used for festival performances in the city. It’s a weird feeling standing next to these huge papier mâché figures, twice the height of an average human.

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Sailing into Barcelona Harbour.

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Tiring work selling candles.

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Ham in Spain is an art form. Jamón de bellota, made from acorn-fed black-footed Spanish pigs fetches up around 200 Euro/kg for the best quality. The markets in Barcelona have hams ranging from thirty Euro/kg upwards and the vendors are happy to coax you into purchasing by slicing off tasty samples.

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Barcelona’s Maritime museum is housed in beautiful old ship building warehouses near the waterfront.

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This is a replica of the Royal Galley which was built in Barcelona in 1568 and was the dominant warship in the Mediterranean up until the 17th Century. The ship was 60 meters long and powered by 59 oarsmen.

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Inside the galley is not near as impressive as outside.

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Subtle Spanish sneakers.

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Barcelona Beach architecture.