Abandoned Villages: Zacharia

Published 7th of June, 2019

Beautiful Surroundings

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It's a shame, because it must have been fantastic living here. The views are astounding.

TLC Required

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This had definitely seen better days though...

Fennel Harvest

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It was time to make my way back up to the road. It was still slippery here, but I was able to use the dying fennel plants for support. I blogged recently about fennel, and somebody told me how they made furniture out of it. I couldn't see it at the time, but once you see it brown and hardened, it makes a lot more sense.

The Main Road

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Back on the main road now, and this building is more intact. It even has a stairway going up to the roof.

Mystery Piles

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On the opposite side of the road was this good solid roof, which afforded nice views of the surrounding countryside. There is a water feature on the left, which we shall look at next. I wonder who piles these rocks on the roof though? What purpose do they serve? I missed a chance here actually, I forgot to pack my crystal ball. I could have done a nice ball picture from here using those piles of rock as a support.

I appreciate that if you are new to these blogs, that last paragraph won't have made much sense, but stick around...

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