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France Prison H-15 (April 2014)

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The first time I saw pictures of this place it made such an impression that I had to try go there. I heard the stories about the notorious gypsy camp outside and the random police training with dogs and guns...

However, on a bright morning there we were in Northern France - the first location on what was my first Eurotour. I felt a mixture of things - slight apprehension, massive anticipation and spaced out due to lack of sleep!

We managed to get in without too much drama and soon bumped into 4 other UK explorers. Here are the pics from the main section of the prison which is the most-photographed

 

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Its well-documented that there are 2 separate sections which make up this prison and in-between runs this piece of 'no-mans-land' 

 

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Sometimes lady luck shines down and so it was - we had timed it perfectly so that access was also possible into the lesser-known section which is

either lower risk or female inmates depending on who/what you believe. There was a lot more to see in this bit than just rows of cells covered in graffiti....

 

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As I took this pic I thought how ironic it was that we were determined to get into a place that housed so many that would do anything to get out of!

 

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And so it was time to leave, and as we did we noticed a couple of dodgy characters from the camp seemed to be following us. Again we were lucky (and relieved) as we bumped into the other 4 explorers and with strength in numbers we got back to the car in very good spirits! 

 

 

 

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Good quality report there, we didn't manage to get in the adjourning block, as the unwanted neighbours were becoming a bit more active as you say.

 

Pretty painless wander during the time we went though.

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16 hours ago, Dubbed Navigator said:

Good quality report there, we didn't manage to get in the adjourning block, as the unwanted neighbours were becoming a bit more active as you say.

 

Pretty painless wander during the time we went though.

 

Not the kind of neighbours you want!!

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Nice set of photos there mate. It was looking decidedly more trashed when we visited it at the tail end of last year.

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Nice to see some pictures from afew years ago, the comparison to today is massive. Thanks for posting this up, i remember seeing pics from here for the first time and knew i just had to go aswell. Ive been 3 times lol

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