Forgotten History in France

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I have gotten some negative reactions recently for going into these abandoned places and filming the past lives of the people that occupied these homes. They told me that I was breaking into somebody’s property and trespassing.

To be clear on this all I don’t see urbex in that way at all. If done right the thing that you do is preserve history for the coming times. but I won’t disagree with the people, it is on the edge of legality and you sometimes are breaking the law. But it is all for the good of history and we are trying to preserve what is left of it in this beautiful world.

Just like we did this week with a building that has been around since the beginning of the 1800s. This was a farm that belonged to a big French family with around 8 children. The house itself had not been used in around 40 years. All the artefacts of the former inhabitants were still inside of this place and wow was it beautiful to see!

The outside of the farm. Typical French design.

Walking through this place we got a true feeling of the former times. All the rooms where dressed with religous pieces and all the items we found in this house where ancient treasures. On the top floor there where around 8 bedrooms witch is very uncommon for the day. Mostly when parents had a lot of children in these times they would only have a few bedrooms to put them. But for all the children to have there own bedroom is very uncommon.

The hallway on the top floor. *squeak squeak*

The top floor was my favourite part of the home. It had there very long hallways with a wooden oak floor. It squeaked from every side and it gave the building and old feeling. At the end of the hallway, you see a wine jug made from clay. Typical for a French farm, in the video, you can see that there was even a wine cellar underneath the farm.

My favorite bedroom!

This was my favourite bedroom in the whole house. It was a kids bedroom and was filled with little historical pieces. The bed was still made with this thick mattress on top of it. The filling of the mattress was from horse hair, This was a cheap and good insulator for the time.

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  1. Looking forward to watching this on my iPad. You show such interesting homes. Thank you!

  2. I just love your videos and always look forward to them. You are so thoughtful and caring when you explore, taking great care to put things back where you picked them up from. And I agree – these videos are capturing the past and how things “used to be”. Please continue to explore and document the past. Ignore the haters! You and Jordy are the best. 🙂

  3. I believe that you two do a great service by recreating/preserving the beauty of old forgotten places. You both are respectful in your narratives and in handling any artifacts. These places should not be left to rot away in obscurity! They are historical and insightful about the lives of those that lived, and loved, in these beautiful old homes.

    Do not let detractors get to you. Leslie and Jordy, you are the best of the urbex explorers and just great guys. Keep finding these old homes.💗

  4. I love watching your videos, you do an awesome job. This place was beautiful in it’s time… the built in shelves, the different wall papers. Homes just aren’t built like they use to be.

  5. I’m really enjoying all of the videos. I’m in Illinois in the United States and I would never be able to see these types of homes and the way people built and lived without your work. Thank you.

  6. Keep on preserving history!! What you do is honorable and respectful. Don’t listen to negativity.

  7. I came over to the blog after seeing the video hoping there would be some still shots–especially of that cool kitchen window with the vines. Dont see one thought 🙁

  8. We do have not have the history here in the states like Europe does–thousands of years ago. To foreign people abandoned homesteads nothing new.
    We see priceless antiques they see just the way someone lived.
    But that is why you see these places untouched and not pillaged. The people, the past is revered and respected.
    Superstition. These homes are still alive.

  9. Wouldn’t you think the owners would have some responobility for the upkeep of the property.? I have to maintain my property to community standards or do the rich get special treatment? If money is owned shouldn’t it become government or public property? Trespassing…

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