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Urban exploration: Abandoned Castles from South West of France title=


Abandoned Castles from South West of France: random discoveries during wanderings in my home country. [Read more...]

Urban exploration: Rooftops Around The World title=


Rooftops Around The World: at night, the city sleeps. Forbidden Places climbs. [Read more...]

Urban exploration: The Castle of Noisy - Miranda title=


The Castle of Noisy - Miranda: creepy, sneaky and filthy castle, come and have a walk into Sleeping Beauty's castle... [Read more...]

Urban exploration: The Palais Garnier title=


The Palais Garnier: V.I.P.trip into the heart of the Opéra de Paris. [Read more...]

Urban exploration: Brussels Metro title=


Brussels Metro: dive into the Brussels metro... [Read more...]

Urban exploration: Vilvoorde Prison title=


Vilvoorde Prison: as many as 12,000 tramps, drunks, and prostitutes, all those that the society of the time considered a nuisance, were crammed in on four floors. The vaulted cells had narrow slits as the only source of light. A perpetual gloom reigned along the corridors that led to the many workshops... [Read more...]

Urban exploration: Internationale Film-Union GmbH title=


Internationale Film-Union GmbH: Little copy and synchronization studio lost in the woods. Don Camillo, Laurel & Hardy among many others have been germanized here... [Read more...]

Urban exploration: 1936 Berlin's Olympic Village title=


1936 Berlin's Olympic Village: like the 29 other Olympic villages, the 1936 edition has only had a short moment of glory. But unlike the others, the 1936 Olympics is possible the most significant games in our history [Read more...]

Recent comments list

Wayne H – Portage IN
July 30, 2015 - 02:44

Rick.... everyone is over at Northwest Indiana Memories on Facebook. A plus of that, it is possible to chat with someone instantly if you are both on the FB page at the same time. Here, the moderator must approve your comment and could take 2-3 days! I have run into many a person from Brunswick/Tolleston and the whole of NWIndiana I grew up with. Lots of great info there too. NO advertising, NO racist rants, NO political rants. Just plain reminiscing. My brother was here from AZ July 4 and he took a ride thru Gary, hadn't done that in over 30+ years. I shied away from FB for years but discovered it's where everyone now communicates, come join us. Search my name there and request to join thru me (you have to be invited).

Wayne Hudak

The Bull – Earth
July 29, 2015 - 04:04
Inside H Division

Here's a link to footage I shot inside H Division, I believe its the only footage ever shot inside (Apart from movie)

Christina – Sydney
July 27, 2015 - 14:36

Does anyone know some good rooftops we can access in Sydney ? Preferably the CBD

Rick Vargas – Tampa
July 23, 2015 - 03:04
Anyone still out there?

I haven't seen a post since 9 June, how is everyone doing? I was home a few months ago and as ugly as the city looked, it was nice being back. My brothers and I drove around the entire city reminiscing. I was surprised to see how much hasn't changed in 50 years.

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Lonnie – Toronto
July 22, 2015 - 01:04
Brunswick Early 50's

I lived on the corner of 4th and Porter until we moved in the spring of 54'. Walking up 4th Avenue to school along a pebbled road------------no busing in those days. There was an open field near Edison where, in the spring, pussy willows would grow.My mother ran a cub scout group which had Gerald Randazzo, Adolph Galinski, John Haake, Ken Weldon, and others. There used to be a five and dime on 5th Avenue called Windmillers where kids loved to go. West of Edison School, there was adive where kids could go for lunch----nobody liked the school cafeteria. They had Green River on tap and it was delicious. I bought my first pack of baseball cards in the store and probably still have them today----oh, if they were only in mint condition. It was a wonderful time----so safe. Summer misquitoes were a problem and just to think that we didn't have air conditioning in those days. There were alleys between the streets where kids played. I remember playing basketball behind Adolph Galinski's house as he had a net put up on his garage.
Remember the Palace and State Theaters. I remember walking with my grandfather, after seeing a twin bill movie, from the Palace Theater to his apartment near 5th and Jefferson at 11 PM at night-----------------and absolutely was never afraid. The Palace Theater was beautiful. When it played to big movies the lineup would stretch all the way to 7th and Broadway. I remember waiting in a long line to see " The Creature From The Black Lagoon ". The best pizza in the world, and have never tasted anything comparable since, was at the " Tivoli Tap " on 5th Avenue east of Horace Mann High School. And, there was also the Tivoli Theater, which showed second fun movies. All the theaters showed two movies for the price of admission.I'm sure there are few people who remember any of this, but if you do, drop me a line at

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Jim Sullivan – Los Angeles, CA, USA
July 21, 2015 - 21:37
Urban Exploration is awesome

I absolutely love this site. You are such an inspiration! Urban exploration has quickly become my favorite passtime. I've gone on several urbex road trips and am planning another for later this year. I post to my blog at least once a week, sharing pictures and stories from my explorations:

I've had a fascination with abandoned places for as long as I can remember. When I was young, my dad often took my brothers and me on hikes near my grandparents' farm in rural Wisconsin. Sometimes we'd find collapsed barns or the foundations of old homes.

I'd try to envision what the structures looked like before they became weathered husks overtaken by nature. I'd wonder about the people that knew those buildings, the lives they lived, the hopes they had for their futures, and whether or not they ever came true. And then I'd try to imagine the circumstances leading up to the abandonment. Was it a calm, deliberate event, or hurried and frantic?

A recent trip to the abandoned military base at Treasure Island rekindled my passion for exploration. It inspired me to spend more time visiting and documenting abandoned sites before they succumb to the elements, vandals, or developers.

I took a road trip in early 2015 through half a dozen of the western states. I was gone 17 days, visited over 60 abandoned sites, drove 4000 miles, and took 5000 pictures. It was an incredible experience. You can find some of my pictures, along with the stories that go with them, in my blog:

July 18, 2015 - 01:29

More news on development..

JeanneRN HRSH class of '74 – CT
July 17, 2015 - 18:49

For any who are interested. This is likely the beginning of the end of HRSH.

Kiwak – Grez-Doiceau - Belgique
July 05, 2015 - 11:38

Il n'existe effectivement plus, je passe toutes mes vacances à Nieuport. Et il doit y avoir environ un ou deux ans, je ne sais plus exactement, ils ont tout démolis pour en faire un immeuble à appartement avec agence immobilière je crois. Je prendrai une photo la prochaine fois que j'y vais.
Ca m'a fait bizarre, pcq étant plus jeune, on y allait souvent la nuit pour se flanquer des trouilles pas possible !

glen – melhourne
July 04, 2015 - 09:13
tunnel urbex

I explored many tunnels,bridges and buildings over 15 years ago
And I've found my self doing same again while searching for 4x4 dirtbike tracks
I've got many places & would like a person or people to explore wit