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Prison H15, France, October 2014

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Red Mole

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Our first explore on foreign soil and a great way to kick off a week long trip to Belgium with my partner.
This Victorian era prison is a foreboding place for sure. I've never been into any prison before and having seen this one I'm determined to be a good boy so I don't have to see the inside of one again - unless I'm exploring of course! Lots of peeling paint, cells, bars and razor wire. The solitary confinement cells were particularly chilling.

Hearing noises coming from the inside meant we entered a little on edge, that feeling multiplied when we saw 2 guys with their hands up being led away at gunpoint! Thankfully they just turned out to be paintballing.
Excuse the number of corridor shots below - there are lots of them and I loved them.

The prison once held up to 1500 prisoners but closed in 2011 when a more modern facility was built.

Enjoy (picture heavy)

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Awesome. Some great shots there. Good to see this again. Did you get in the women's side at all? I did but didn't get many photos due to noises and people about. Good to see this place again
 

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Awesome. Some great shots there. Good to see this again. Did you get in the women's side at all? I did but didn't get many photos due to noises and people about. Good to see this place again

I take it that was the 'posher' building? We didn't get in due to a pikey alert!
 

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Brilliant stuff, thanks for sharing such amazing photos! :)

I take it that was the 'posher' building? We didn't get in due to a pikey alert!

We were the same - we visited the mens side, and couldn't do the women's as there was police training in progress!

So we came back to do it a couple of days later, and a group of pikies started following us through through the one and only access hole. Fearing the imminent 'Camera tax' we decided to leave!
 

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Nice snaps mate, this was one of the places I wanted to see on out trip last month. Unfortunately we never got to it though :( Gutted!

Thanks for sharing,

Dugie
 

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