Tuesday, May 20, 2014

At the Big Hole, famous for De Beers diamonds, in Kimberley, South Africa



Yesterday, in South Africa's Northern Cape, living a Travelife, we visited The Big Hole in the old mining town of Kimberley -- the most famous diamond mine in the world.

This was my second time to visit this diamond site in six months.

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THE GHOST TOWN OF A GHOST TOWN

But this time, I discovered the beautiful and perfectly preserved remains of the old mining town itself, right next to the Big Hole.

On my first visit, I don't know why, but I missed this section of the Big Hole entirely. I guess I was focused on the exhibits and on the Big Hole itself, which is really a pretty amazing sight.



EVERYTHING IN PLACE FROM 100 YEARS AGO

However, the perfectly preserved mining town is a most breathtaking sight.

It's like time literally stood still, with goods still displayed in shop windows and everything left exactly as it might have been 100 years ago. If you're a history buff like I am, this is one rare gem of a destination. 



THE ONLY THING MISSING ARE PEOPLE

The only thing missing are the people. And that includes the tourists. Everyone bypasses this amazing open-air museum.



It's basically a ghost town, which is perfectly apt, as Kimberley is ripe with dozens of ghost stories.

This certainly provided us with lots of scary amusement last night, in the Northern Cape, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

More on the ghost stories in my next blog entry....


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