My second official URBEX is at the former French Embassy!

We know very well that this old, abandoned building is fenced in, which brings about the feeling that it is a restricted place and can never — as long as we ever shall live — be photographed within. Well, I was dead wrong! Today we decided to walk around it and discovered to our great surprise that it is open to public! …A best-kept secret though.

The place is inhabited on the first floor by people who probably keeps watch of the building as it is a protected structure which still belongs very much to the French, as explained to me by one of the English-speaking residents. We were able to take some pretty decent photographs, except I was so bummed out for not bringing my handy-dandy wide angle lens, which would have made photographing much more fun! Since all I carried with me was my telephoto zoom lens, I was quite miffed that everything I was photographing was so close (vantage point-wise) and I had to keep moving back some great distances simply to put everything I want to see within the frame. It was a feat! Thankfully I had my point-and-shoot, but still it was disappointingly poor quality.

We discovered too that the upper floors which is inaccessible is inhabited by chimps! 😀 How awesome is that?

After that wonderful excursion at the former French Embassy ruins, we headed for the Post Office to wait for our tuk-tuk driver. While there, I found myself fascinated with the building from across us and the Fire Tree on the right.

Art Deco detail of a balcony Fire Tree


When our tuk-tuk arrived, we headed for Cafe Fresco for cool air conditioning, and also for lunch. From there, my friend and I walked to the old, dilapidated French Colonial Villa just around the corner. It was pretty amazing how we were allowed in and take photographs of the facade — something discouraged before. I suppose it’s still discouraged, but we got permission today!

I finally get to photograph some details I’ve always wanted to shoot. Like the relief of those ladies on the side of the walls, the columns, the roof facade, etc.

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It was a pretty remarkable day and I am so happy about it! It’s a real Urban Exploration Day!

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