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Château Sprague (Fr)

I’d like to quote the great mister dsankt. As our fellow adventurer was venturing down the chaotic maze that goes by the name of The Underground Metro System of Paris he chanced upon an ancient passengers carriage in pristine condition. A visitor of dsankt’s site commented on seeing a pic of this treasure, saying our urban spelunker was very lucky in finding such a rare piece of public transportation. Bordering on the same cool of the notorious Motorcycle Boy in Rumble Fish, mister dsankt snappy replied with: “What you call luck, we call persistence”.


Château Sprague. A neo-classical castle built in 1898. It was the home of a spoiled kid who’s sole purpose in life was to soup up the family’s fortune. He was a devoted traveller making long overseas journeys and oriental expeditions. The construction of this castle depicted the various places he visited: Greek colonnades, indoor Roman ponds, art-nouveau ornaments, balusters, terraced roofs and oriental fresco’s. The chapel was used to house classic concerto’s and the beautiful oasis-like garden was the setting of many parties and events. MTV Cribs eat your heart out.


But this ain’t Beverly Hills. C’est la douce France, mes amis. Guess we all know what happens to France based abandonments: they get vandalised. And spraypainted. Du pain, du vin, des aérosols. Every square inch must have a coating. If it isn’t coated, it’s ripped to pieces. Sad but true. Unless.. security is called in. Preserving the integrity of this place and making sure the original fresco’s don’t turn into chrome frisco’s.


Upon arriving we knew this was going to be a tough nut to crack. Security was residing inside the castle, making interior and exterior patrols. Good thing we’re suckers for oldskool flics. In a true French Connection style we did a stakeout. Pass the donuts croissants, will ya. We figured out there was a gap between security shifts. The castle was in an unattended transient zone of 30 minutes. Considering a 10 minute buffer this would grant us 20 minutes of high-iso handheld running-like-crazy château fun. Please follow the guide and mind the gap, folks.


Luck? Most likely. Persistence? Most definitely!

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Taken on August 13, 2010