Is there a particularly conducive time of the year for Urbexing around ? Are there “Urbex prone seasons” ? Personally, and to paraphrase John Ruskin, I consider “there is no such thing as bad Urbex weather, only different kinds of good Urbex weather.”
I previously admited my fondness for old cemeteries, in this blog. It should come to no surprise then, I am also fond of abandoned hospitals, asylums and sanatoriums. Not quiet for the same reason though.
To me, abandoned medical institution, introduce an entirely different level of curiosity and intrigue compared to regular abandoned house, as they symbolise brief moments of passage in people’s existence. Almost an obligatory transition in the course of normal life.
Maybe also, because as R.W. Emerson once stated “Society is nothing but a hospital of incurables.” Continue reading “Abandoned Hospitals”
I like old cemeteries and graveyards.
And it’s not ONLY because I am a gloom and doom person.
I love graveyards, really I do. To some, it might sound morbid, but to me, there’s nothing dark about the natural cycles of life. Somehow, death reminds me how alive I am. Continue reading “Cemetery Exploration (CemEx)”
“Live” site infiltration is an enterprise that often makes for aspiring Urbexer’s wet dreams.
Simply put, infiltration is the act of unauthorized entry into places of activity that are forbidden to the public (or outside opening hours). The main difference with regular Urbex is that target sites are still operating, buzzing with life and animation. No ruins here… Continue reading “Legal Aid II : Infiltration”
Tired of city madness? Taking a break from urban hysteria? Getting back in touch with your “inner nature”? Rurex may just be what the doctor ordered then!!
Probably not, though. Ha.
Of all possible Urbex destinations, abandoned industrial sites are probably one of my favorites.
To paraphrase Henry Miller; I’ve always looked on industrial decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression as growth.
To me, appart from infiltration (see here), industrial Urbex is the fucking Mecca of urban exploration. Continue reading “Industrial Urbex”
In a previous article, we’ve talked of going up (see here). It only makes sense that we now discuss going down.
Pedantly, “speleology” is the science of exploration and study of all aspects of caves and their environments.
Visiting or exploring caves for recreation is called “caving”, “draining”, “potholing”, or “spelunking”. Continue reading “Deep Down”
No. Not high like that.
Let’s look into one of the most popular (and dangerous) form of Urbex: one that will re-define the phrase “living on the edge”: the exploration of rooftops. Continue reading “Getting high”
Urban Exploration (or Experiment, for some) a.k.a Urbex, in its truest sense, was coined in the early 1980s.
However, historically, Urban Exploration as such, has been practiced by people for centuries, as evidenced by the many artistic “retros” in ancient arts, such as Egyptomania, or neo-classicist paintings. What were the old neo-classic painters visiting the world’s ancient cities, if not Urbexers ? Or the Romantics walking through Roman ruins across Europe ? Not to mention the ever popular macabre “excursions” in the catacombs and other mass graves.