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Clinique Du Diable – Update

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April 2018: The Clinique still stands. With some people from our photo group we went for an urban exploration to the Clinique. Compared to my last visit about a year before, there is even more damage caused by vandalism and even thief. Also the place got rather crowded meanwhile: not only urban explorers but geocacher and groups with soft air- or paintball guns in army uniforms…

And still: there were more rooms and corners to discover. So my pile of photos raised to over 400 GB and a lot of work has to be done with them…

 

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Last count

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From the day it was mounted, this electricity meter counted day and night. Until the cables got cut and counting stopped forever.

 

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Disconnected

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When business was running, each room needed power, every floor was flooded by artificial light during the dark hours of the nights. But that’s long gone. Only a few ripped off ends from wires and some electric appliance remember of the busy times.

Thieves stole all the copper from the tubes and everything that looked like easy money. Everything in here is disconnected today.

 

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Sitting with Red

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Most likely the door to this quiet place cannot be opened from the outside anymore. That must be the reason for it still has a decent condition.

Funny story aside: I had no clue what could be in this room. So I held my camera blindly through the broken window until I heard a beep from the auto focus.

 

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Roof Windows

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At the end of April, there is still snow in the hills of Alsace. If someone would stay inside this building, most likely all windows were closed that day.

 

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Look in to the Tube

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Once a huge boiler was connected to those tubes. One tube most likely was for water, the other connected to a chimney.

If there is a little wind outside, a low and hollow whistle sounds from the openings.

 

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Snowdrops in the Spring Sun

Snowdrops in the Spring Sun

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Slowly spring is coming. The nights are still cold but some sun during the day makes first flowers appear on still empty meadows.

Empty Chapel

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Where once people gathered for worship and to find peace, only shattered and colored windows remind us of the place it used to be.

 

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Maqueraux a la Garage

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Inside the garage, where a workshop surrounded by windows used to be, someone once must have had a little snack: some mackerel in a white wine sauce.

The can is rusty, all glass broken… and the fish digested long time ago.

 

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Friday 17:01 – Everybody left the building

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Maybe not every company is the same. But when the weeks motto is “Robinson” (waiting for Friday), as soon as possible there is an exodus and people run out to enjoy some days of weekend.

 

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Hidden Door

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On the lower side of the hydroelectric power station in Aarau, a door is hidden between walls and a stair. It looks like a secret entrance which the builders tried to hide from the public view.

 

To the Garage

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In the back, along two buildings, locates a big garage. Due to a rather remote location, cars were (and still are) a must to get here – or several hours of hiking up hills and forests.

 

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