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Explore #60: Pensionnat Catholique, France – June 2014

Explore #5 of the Operation Baguette tour After the majesty of Chateau Lumiere, it was onwards to our next location of the day – Pensionnat Catholique. History This former Catholic boarding school for girls opened shortly before the outbreak of World War II, replacing a smaller school on the same site which dated back to the mid 19th Century. The school is huge, and is said to have over 1000 windows. During WWII the school was initially used to house…

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Explore #57: Sanatorium Delirium aka l’hôpital dans la forêt, France – May 2014

Explore #2 of the Operation Baguette tour After exploring Chateau des Singes it was time to press on to our next target of the day – this semi-abandoned sanatorium buried deep in a French forest. History In the late 19th Century the French thought that seriously ill patients had to be housed away from their main hospitals. A committee comprising hospital doctors, members of the municipal council of Paris and of the Supervisory Board of Public Assistance, was formed to…

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Explore #56: Chateau des Singes, France – May 2014

Explore #1 of Operation Baguette After the fun and japes of my first European urbexing weekender (the 3 Eurovirgins and a Europro tour) I was gagging to get out there and see some more amazing locations across La Manche. Unfortunately Rebecca couldn’t join us this time, but we were chuffed that the eponymous Dan of Mr Dan Explores (with whom I’d previously explored Kings Reach Tower and Millennium Mills) was able to join us instead. Dan proved himself a most…

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