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  1. Visited this location with Donna to kick of the first of a two day spur of the moment trip to France. We arrived early in the morning well before sun up and soon realised we had parked too far away… we headed around to the other side of the forest after we tried going through the forest on a dirt track which lead to a gated dead end. Through the fence and we wondered along an old path before being greeted by the first of the 2 main larger hospital buildings. The structures were bigger than what I had expected and we proceeded past the first on to the 2nd older wing where we made our way inside. Buried deep inside the forest this hospital seemed really quiet and peaceful and it was a great explore until we were interrupted… I was taking an external shot under one of the covered areas next to the main hospital when I saw a figure running directly towards me… it was security… he hadn’t seen me at this point but as he got closer and I attempted to edge around a post so that he wouldn’t see me I stepped on a dry twig which caught his attention and we were promptly asked to leave the site… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Larger, higher res versions of these and more photos from this location on my blog post: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2014/04/26/urbex-lhopital-dans-la-foret-aka-sanatorium-foret-somewhere-france-march-2014/ Thanks for looking
  2. Visited with Donna as the last stop on the Lock Stock and 2 Smokin Outfits Tour! We had heard that the Women’s Wing of the prison that had been sealed on my 2 previous visits here was once again open… We took a chance and thankfully the information was correct and we spent the morning looking around that side before making our way over to the men’s side to grab a few shots and see how bad things had got there… Really glad I managed to see the rest of this place, the Women’s side was at the point of this visit in much better condition than the men’s side, the evidence of the Police firearms training by way of spent shotgun shells, flash bang grenades and targets riddled with bullets made for an interesting twist . One of the highlights had to be the silver cell featured below, someone had sprayed the entire room silver top to bottom including all fixtures and fittings! there was a note saying take photos but do not damage on the outside of the door . 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Just before I left I was detained by the french police ... 17. Larger, higher res versions of these and more photos from this location on my blog post: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2014/05/06/urbex-prison-h15-france-march-2014-revisit-2/ Thanks for looking
  3. The second successful stop on the Beauty and the Beast tour, we chose this place due to its proximity to our planned overnight stop, I’m really glad we did as I was pleasantly surprised by this place! Granted a lot of the content have been removed but the place still had a few nice still life shots as well as some furniture left in some bedrooms and the main living room. Highlights were the upper 2 floors in particular the bedroom which contained the child’s cot which was a joy to photograph and the views from the rear bedrooms! A nice little afternoon mooch with some pleasing results. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Larger, higher res versions of these and more photos from this location on my blog post: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2014/05/24/urbex-maison-de-viron-belgium-april-2014/ cheers for looking
  4. There are not many old abandoned buildings as grand or as breathtaking as this. Those following my blog will remember this place from my first Belgium road-trip earlier in the year. Having been invited along with another bunch of friends last month I was more than happy with the prospect of giving CDC another look. Last time we were pushed for time by pesky little details like workmen expected inside the building at a certain time and catching a train back to the UK. As a result, once it became light enough to photograph, it was a rather quick explore around the building with entire floors and sections missed entirely. This time we had several hours put aside to explore the halls and corridors of this beautifully constructed civic building sitting deserted in the centre of a busy Belgian city. There are hundreds of intricately sculpted stone pillars, each of which has a unique pattern detailed around its circumference. Light pours in through the glass roof. Looks nice ...but a bit of a bugger to photograph! I tried my best to make good use of my time in this amazing venue. It is said to have been recently bought by a hotel chain which will convert the building - while, hopefully, preserving as much of the original detail as possible. Last time I took many wide shots of the main hall at the expense of some of the smaller details. This time I resisted that urge knowing I already had plenty in the bank so allowed myself to seek out different angles and perspectives. The preservation of detail in the building is amazing. In the UK, a place left abandoned like this would be full of graffiti and half-burned out within a month. This is why we travel across Europe for urbex! Stunning! All in all I was really pleased to get to see this place again and, once again, practically needed dragging out of the place as I was reminded that we had two other sites on the list to explore. Thanks MrD
  5. It's been ages since I posted on here as I have been kept really busy with work, family life, my own blog and, now, studying towards a BA in photography part-time. I thought I better change this and what better way to start than showing some of the highlights from the Silly O' Clock Crew franco-belgian urbex tour last month! Joining me for the 4 days of exploring were The Baron of Scotland, Project Mayhem and Lowri Jen Bate. 1000 miles were covered, 6 countries were spanned (technically, if we're including Wales and Scotland) and we met some awesome european explorers along the way. Drinks were drank ...especially on the 14-hour ferry crossing! And, all in all, a very sucessfull few days were had seeing some of the best of European derpage. So, without further ado and in no particular order, I present The Franco-Belgian 2013 Silly O'Clock Crew European Tour Highlights... 1) Tapioca Farm 2) Horror Labs 3) Prison H15 4) Inside Prison H15 5) Villa Hector 6) La Bobbins Clothing Factory 7) CDC 8) CDC (again - it's rather nice so deserves two!) 9) Chateau Gramophone 10) Schola CLXXV Thanks and I hope you enjoyed the pics - I hope to put reports up for each when I get the time. Until then... MrD
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