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lil place in my backyard... i've been coming to this spot for over a decade. tragically i've only picked up a camera a few years back. it's nice to be able to visit a location many times in the continuation of self improvement and documenting the destruction of a location. heres a few shots from over the past year: pano from last summer. i ran here one day as the sun set. i wanted to catch the lighting. belly of the boiler. behind the controls. another scrapper hard at work i see. test shop. looking down the next year would be sad times as kids from all over began to populate this place. i used to be able to walk around for weeks without running into a soul, and now there could be 30 kids here. in a short period of time shity taggers would desicrate the temple. angering the gods. even the snow doesnt cover that grime. she sure is a beauty tho. i've been to quite a few generating stations and none compare it felt like a train station grande hall. standing in the freezing cold taking a pic of snow falling (or ceiling) so ladylike everyones favorite hallway which was in a movie for 3 seconds. (relax-its photoshopped.....or is it???) until next time . . .
Location #1 of the Ã¢â‚¬ËœWhoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hand was that TourÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ - Chateau De Singes aka Castle of Monkeys History Not a lot of history on Chateau De Singes IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m afraid other than it was built in the 17th century and the last time it was occupied was in the middle of the 1970Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s. My Visit After a long journey which started at midnight in the UK we finally arrived at the first location in France at 09:30. We was just about to enter the chateau when we spotted a car parked in the tree line right outside the building. One of the group took a quick look inside to see who or if anyone was inside, within seconds we knew there was and who it was, it was a local photographer with a model doing a photoshoot. We announced we was in the building, said hello and started to get the gear ready and within minutes we was all happily taking photos. This place is really nice and airy, I say that because the building is basically one big rectangle with windows and doors on both sides which allows the light to stream in. The floors, walls & ceilings are mostly light colours which bounces the light around and gives this place a calm feeling. Signs of damage are there and a little graffiti but not much. Considering this chateau has been empty for this long it really is in good condition, well, better than i was expecting anyway. Lets get on with the photosÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Now we all knew that the main feature in this chateau is the staircase so a few of the group headed off to photograph it straight away and I decided to head to a different area as to not get in the way. The first photo I took was of a bath tub placed in front of a window. Seems a little weird why it would be here but it makes for a good picture. Just to the right of where the bath is located was a room with a nice size fireplace. Placed on top of the fireplace is a horse riding helmet which made sense to me later when I found the stables as we was leaving. After taking the above images I decided to go and see if I could get a shot of the stairs. My luck was in as the lads was just finishing up so after a couple of minutes wait I was snapping away. After grabbing some images of the stairs I headed to the left hand side of the building, this side is not in as good a condition as the other but none the less it has some interesting decor. You are probably thinking well is that it! The answer is yes. Upstairs there was nothing of major interest or dÃƒÂ©cor so I focused my time on the ground floor. More images available on flickr The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos of Chateau De Singes on my Flickr page which can be found here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157647857118382/ Final thoughts This small French chateau was a great way to start out the tour. I found this place to be very calming and a nice relaxed & safe explore. I highly recommend visiting this one if you are planning a trip. To read more location reports of the places we visited on the tour please use the following link http://www.alanduggan-photography.co.uk/urbex-france-belgium-tour-september-2014/ Thanks for reading, Dugie