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Explore #128: House of the Soldier’s Widow, UK – March 2015

It was another pre-dawn start for the final day of our UK exploring long weekend. Luckily we didn’t have too far to drive to our first location of the day… a time capsule cottage on the outskirts of a small country village. As with most residential abandonments I don’t have any firm history of this place. From those who have spent far longer there rummaging through the ephemera which still remains, it is thought that the previous owners were a…

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Explore #126: The Cloud Cottage / Cloud House, Wales – March 2015

At the end of a long working week I set off on a UK weekender with three explorer buddies – my usual partner in civil trespass James Kerwin, his girlfriend Jade, and the mysterious Slaaaayaaa (aka Ben). Our first stop was to rendezvous in London for a brief revisit (for me) of Finsbury Park reservoir. The plan after that was to drive through the night to deepest darkest Wales in order to explore an amazing old quarry filled with scrap…

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Explore #117: Castle of Sammezzano, aka Non Plus Ultra / the Fairytale Castle, Italy – December 2014

Explore #6 of the Wet, with excitement Tour. The third and final day of our wintry long weekend in Italy was a traditional pre-dawn start. Our target: an incredible disused ‘fairytale’ castle… History (compiled and rewritten from here, here, and here) The Castle of Sammezzano was originally built in 1605 by Spanish nobleman Ximenes of Aragon. However, the castle truly became unique in the 19th century when Ferdinand Panciatichi Ximenes inherited the property, and over the course of nearly 40…

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