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Explore #59: Chateau Lumiere, France – June 2014

Explore #4 of the Operation Baguette tour After the sleep-deprived fun and games of the previous day’s exploring I was simply delighted when my alarm went off at 3.30am. Ahem. Dan and I shuffled around our room in semi-conscious monosyllabic fashion, plugging charged batteries back in to cameras, and trying to wake up for another day of derpage (i.e. exploring ‘derps’ – derelict places, try to keep up at the back). In truth, it’s amazing how much better you feel…

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Explore #58: Chateau Verdure, France – May 2014

Explore #3 of the Operation Baguette tour The last of our successful explores on Day One of Operation Baguette was this marvellous derelict Chateau, nestled in the midst of a very affluent suburb. After a drive-past recce, followed by a McDonalds to recharge our energy levels, we returned and made our move and were soon inside. As you will see the Chateau is in a perilous state of decline, and has reached the stage where it must be highly doubtful…

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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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