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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

May 16, 2015 - 09:32

Qui est le propriétaire actuel ?
Ayant entendu parler de la Comtesse de BIJOU dans mes jeunes années , qui était cette dame ?
Celà a l'air magnifique , peut-on-visiter ?
Merci .

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Metre – Huntsville, A;
May 12, 2015 - 23:30
Child Hood Memories Gone

I was born in 1993 in Gary,In and I loved it. I mean you could tell there where already problems back then. I mean pot holes and Broadway was looking like hunted street. The only thing I looked forward too was the Ymca across the street from the train/bus station(excuse me I haven't been home in 10 years so I forgot some street names). My point I went to visit in 2011 and my feelings was hurt!!!! Everything was either gone or shut down(no shocker)! Didn't even see the bus run(excuse me if it still does). my schools looked so abandoned and that was a hard pill to swallow. For the simple fact the Jacksons is well known and from there and left that city to basically go under hurts! I remember how my mom wouldn't let me go onto certain streets because the crime rate was extremely high. I lived in Glen Park as well as in the projects. and Delany was part of me. Visiting that the play ground was basically gone. I didn't like the fact my mom moved us 10 hours away but now that im older im happy she did. Not only is the crime rate high but the popululation not getting no smaller. Over crowded but where is the things to help with that? Get my city back to how it was!!!! I have family that's still there and its hard to get them to move out!!!

J – Porter County
May 11, 2015 - 16:22

Things have changed but the memories remain. The city was pretty segregated when i grew up there in the 50s and 60s but we went along to get along. Still some of the memories are good. I grew up (formative years in the Ivanhoe projects which actually was a great place to live, compared to many of the city streets. The people were disadvantaged but kind to each other and many kids from outside the projects came there to play on the bball courts and the baseball field, which I believe was the only one outside of Tolleston high school. The black and white families got along fine as we were all pretty poor. When I first moved in with my mother Ivanhoe had coal furnaces and you ordered coal which was dumped on the street in front of your building and we would haul it into the coal bin next to your front door and thereafter daily carry the necessary amount of coal in buckets into your kitchen where the furnace was. I clearly remember 'banking' the furnace at night so there would still be active embers in the a.m. to add more coal and get a warm fire going for the day. Eventually the furnaces were converted to gas.

Graham – Chepstow
May 10, 2015 - 20:14
Worked at Hellingly Hospital

It is very sad to see the old place in such a state. I used to work in X-Ray there when the regular radiographer was on leave during the late 1970s. The equipment was pretty antiquated but the work pace was not too hectic as I seem to remember we only dealt with in patients at the hospital.

Yvo – Belgique
May 10, 2015 - 18:06
Fort de la chartreuse

Bonjour je cherche sur le site par hasard une où des personnes qui ont déjà été dans les galeries du fort de la Chartreuse? J'ai visité mais je n'ai pas su aller plus loin ....

cynthia mack – tx
May 07, 2015 - 21:11
corney island

on broadway there was corney island resturaunt they had the best hot dog with chili

Jim Millsap – Highland Indiana
May 06, 2015 - 20:17
The Good Old Daz

I grew up in Brunswick on Tompkins street and attended Gary Edison on 5th Ave. Sure wish hose days were back. Jim

Jon -Ohio
May 06, 2015 - 02:23
Palm Grove restaurant

Jane, I worked at the Palm Grove as busboy a few summers while in high school (Edison HS-63). I remember the 5th ave location in Brunswick but they later moved out on the US12 industrial highway just past the Gary airport into a former howard Johnson restaurant (where I worked) and was owned by the Lucht family from Brunswick - good food and enjoyable work for a HS teenager. Sorry no pics - just good childhood memories of that era.

lila – United Kingdom
May 06, 2015 - 00:47
hellingly hospital

I worked as a psychiatric nurse at Hellingly and later at the Medium Secure Unit. The hospital was a wonderfully therapeutic place to recovery from any form of mental illness and in my opinion should never have been closed. However it has a mixed history, I had the advantage of accessing some of the old patient notes and was often outraged to see women held against their will for things that would never be allowed today. Also I saw a ghost at Hellingly - no doubt about it. November 3rd 1990 - an evening never to be forgotten.

JeanneRN HRSH class of '74 – CT
May 05, 2015 - 20:46
HRSH museum

The museum of Hudson River State Hospital is now open. It is located at 12 Cheney Drive, Poughkeepsie, New York. There are six rooms filled with artifacts, pictures and information regarding the treatments and modalities at the hospital. Tours are scheduled by appointment. 845-471-2765. Please leave a message and someone will return your call.