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  3. Albania is one of those countries where I didn't really know what to expect. Recent history saw the collapse of communism in the 90s which caused the economy to crash. Since then It has made remarkable economic progress, growing from one of the poorest nations in Europe to a middle-income country, with poverty declining by half during that period. We travelled from north to south and back again taking in a few places along the way. The people are friendly, the food is good, it has decent weather, and everything is extremely cheap. Here's some of what I got up to with Adders, extreme_ironing, Otter and Reenie. In the main square of Tirana the National History Museum has this famous mosaic called 'The Albanian' on the front. It tells the story of how Albanians have fought against invasion and occupation throughout the centuries. Just down the road are these colourful government buildings In the middle of the countryside we passed this communist monument, the 5 red stars symbolising communist ideology Shëngjin Naval Base After an epic fail elsewhere we headed to this small naval base which turned out to be pretty cool. I've already written a separate report on this so I won't include much about it here. Fier Power Plant Fier Power Station was Albania's largest thermal power plant having 6 identical groups of 31 MW each, totalling a capacity of 186 MW. The plant was decommissioned in 2007. Much of the site next to it was a fertiliser factory powered by the plant. The whole site has been completely stripped now, leaving just bland shells of buildings. The imposing chimneys and cooling towers however remain visible for miles as a reminder of its former importance. Old security office next to the original gate Always wanted a shot of adders pissing Cooling tower ladders have long since been removed The best bit about this place was taking in the views from one of the factory towers, although the staircase was a bit of a headfuck Factory buildings below The turbine hall. Amazingly two security guys appeared from nowhere and made us leave before we could grab any shots of the inside. You're really not missing much though as the turbines have been removed along with everything else. Why anyone is securing it is completely beyond me! Kombinati Metalurgjik, Elbasan Elbasan is located about 50km from the capital of Albania, Tirana. The Kombinati Metalurgjik steel works, a flagship of the Albanian industry, was built between the 1960s and 1970s. The complex was built by Chinese engineers with the assistance of Albanian specialists. The levels of pollution caused by the plant were the subject of much controversy in the 90s. The size of the site is colossal but only a few buildings remain operational today. Much of it is derelict beyond repair or has already been flattened. Most of the buildings you see in the distance here are barely standing. You can see the remains of a blast furnace to the left. The only buildings worth a look were located right next to the live site. This one was locked up tight with several dogs acting as security inside. Next door a few buildings were wide open Buckets for pouring molten steel Small control room. After this we went back to the car and found an old man shaking his walking stick at us angrily so we left. There were a few more buildings full of stuff that we didn't manage to get into as they were well locked up. Definitely a bit more to see here I think but nothing too epic. Përrenjas - Locomotive Graveyard The country's first standard gauge line was built in 1947. From then on the construction of the country's rail network underwent significant development as Albania was considered to be the only state in Europe not to have standard rail service. By 1987, 677 km of railway had been constructed in total, linking the main urban and industrial centres for the first time since the end of World War II. Train transport was the main transportation method until 1990. After the collapse of Communism, and increase in use of motor vehicles, the network fell into disrepair. Today the country's rail network is almost entirely defunct. In Përrejas we visited this group of abandoned diesel ČKD T669 locomotives. Përrenjas abandoned station. There was a man inside there who didn't appreciate us climbing on the trains Pyramid of Tirana On 14 October 1988, the pyramid opened as a museum about the legacy of Enver Hoxha, the long-time leader of Communist Albania, who died in 1985. When built, the pyramid was said to be the most expensive individual structure ever constructed in Albania. After 1991, following the collapse of Communism, the museum closed and for several years it was repurposed as a conference centre and exhibition venue. During the 1999 Kosovo War, the former museum was used as a base by NATO and humanitarian organisations. Since 2001, part of the Pyramid has been used as a broadcasting centre by Albanian media outlets Top Channel and Top Albania Radio. Numerous proposals have been made to demolish the structure but the majority of Tirana's citizens are against the demolition. In 2017 it was announced that the pyramid will not be demolished, but refurbished. In 2018, a new project was unveiled that would turn the Pyramid into a technology centre for youth focused on computer programming, robotics, and start ups. Inside I bumped into a sleepy eyed squatter who invited me to take a look around. We meant to have a pop at this under construction skyscraper overlooking the main square but unfortunately ran out of time Not a particularly impressive view from up here but certainly a unique one A few friends we made along the way A bunker full of goats all set for the apocalypse. Just one of the 173,371 bunkers in Albania! Thanks for looking!
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  5. I love the old Andy capp books and toys etc. I bloody love finds like this. Nicely done.
  6. Looks like some great shots too be had there. Rather nice place.. Thanks for post
  7. Damn someone really played around with those skeletons
  8. Seems to be lots of farmer related things inside there so perhaps belongs to a farmer rather than the water authority?
  9. Looks like it was a grand building in its day. Please don't take offence but I think some of these photos are spoilt by the editing. Way too heavy on the HDR for most people's liking. They would look better with a more subtle dynamic range and less grain in my opinion. Pics no 11, 12 and 13 are out of focus so best left out of the report.
  10. Little trip to Wales over the weekend with Booie. This was a detour on the way home yesterday. Closed suddenly about 7 years ago and now up for auction. This lovely care home would have looked very grand in its prime no cheap plastic furniture here
  11. That's pretty cool. Looks like a huge place
  12. Good question, I'm not sure. I would have to search for it, if I have time again. Quickly I couldn't find a report from me about it here.
  13. @Ken_Ohio - links dead dude, have you deleted them from flickr? if so you cant attach them directly here?
  14. Visited with 3 non members not really knowing much about the place other than it looked pretty cool from the outside. Damp and water damage had done a pretty good job on the place but it was still well worth visiting and the start of an amazing day. History Can't really find much on this place but before its abandonment, it was owned by a local water authority in relation to the nearby reservoir of the same name. these animals were positioned exactly like this when i found them, honest...
  15. Ah nice one, you got a report of it floating around on here?? Cheers mate, tbh we have found a fair few decent places over here recently but yeah am a bit worried that we are going to run out of stuff to explore over here eventualy
  16. Some of you may have already seen this one. This is a nice paper mill closed down almost a decade ago. There are many photos of this place when it was still active, and some of them were taken when the factory had been occupied by workers right after the closure... It's a rather good place still today, despite the amount of copper thieves who came here. There are still some interesting things such as the power station (probably the best part), the semi-active substation, some laboratories and archives... We also found a small container where a radioactive substance called thorium nitrate used to be stored. You can look at all my photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskQESLot
  17. ad a 24 hr sop over in Mumbai in march19 I decided discretion is the better part of valour and went to Leopolds instead
  18. Oh! I thought this was more like kids; i must have missed the suggested houses are they on the same dual carriageway?
  19. Haha, nah i dont think i really knew you until i joined here, i think...
  20. thats the third place that a pair of local so called explorers have gone to and put there crap grafiti in, another place they did was the pair of houses nearby where the bone was placed in the chimney , they did all the swasticas and racist stuff and smashed the tv sets and all the stuff
  21. Wow that's pretty cool. Stunning scenery 😍
  22. Love a good ghost town. Thanks for sharing 😁
  23. Really nice shots. And the surrounding area looks simply great.
  24. The big mushrooms are really cool. They remind me of a place, a former addiction clinic, that I visited a few years ago. It burned there a few months before my visit. Due to the enormous moisture caused by the extinguishing water grew inside not only mold, moss and fern, but also these large mushrooms.
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