Friday, May 05, 2006
A morning walk
This morning I got up early. After breakfast I went for a long walk. I mapped it out on Google Earth when I got back and checked to see how far I had walked - 6.19 km or 3.84 mi - not bad for a nice morning! I found myself near the old king's castle in Dahara. I'm not sure if the king ever lived there or not. I really don't know anything about the site's history.
Currently the building is being used as a library and offices. For many years the site was closed off by a surrounding wall but they've removed the wall and the area is open to the public.
It's pretty interesting to walk around and look at things but unfortunately the whole site is falling apart. But using your imagination you can see what it must have been like in its hayday and what it could possibly be like if they ever decide to restore it. Above is a huge fountain or wading pool.
At the far end of the fountain area are these massive bougainvillea vines that cover arched supports. It's very shady beneath the vines and there are steps that you can sit on.
There are paved areas and walkways with intricate designs that surround the garden. Another fountain above.
Being Friday, the building was closed so I only poked around in the entrance area.
The floor in the entrance.
The view from the entrance.
Of course there's a satelite tower for mobile phones on the top. They've got those things on top of anything that doesn't move!
Another fountain. It was nice and shady here and I imagine it would be quite pleasant during the hot summer months (if they clean it up!).
Lights in the entrance. They look like they are probably original lights as they look kind of old, but they're in good condition.
There are lots of flowers and vines growing in the gardens.
I hope they clean up the place and restore it so I can bring my kids there to have a picnic. As it is now, it's too dirty.
A few years ago I went to an art show that was held there and saw a bit of the inside. The place was falling apart but you could still see that it had silk wallpaper and there were some beautiful chandeliers and some peices of furniture - some small tables were thrown in the corner and I bent down to look and found that they were made from carved ivory! They were probably worth a small fortune and they had just been shoved over to the side as if they were worthless. I haven't been back to see if they've done any restoration work but from the looks of the outside I seriously doubt it. I'll have to visit again sometime.