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Bureau Central (Fr)

It was a cold & freezing winter morning when three backpacks and the people carrying them waded through the thick jungle that’s called France. Ever since we spotted that white security van in front of the building we had no other option but taking the long run to access this place: infiltrating a live blast furnace plant. The place was so huge it could claim its independency: The Royal Principality of Steel. Man, those blasting beasts generated a wall of sound so loud that NASA was able to register vibes on Mars. Industrialism sparking mad’ism. We were more hyper than the little kid on ginseng roots.


While wading through the forest just next to the furnaces we were completely covered in white smoke coming out of the exhaustion pipes. A fictitious box office title popped my mind. Explorers in the Mist, starring Winona Ryder. An instant classic. Academy Award winning. Cannes Palme d’Or.


With the smoke clearing, our plot was thickening. We arrived at the abandoned Grands Bureaux. Built in the late 1800s this robust place was once the most important nerve center concerning everything steel & metal. World domination plans were sketched out right here. High rollers met, contracts were signed, deals were closed. The building structure is grand and the amazing atrium just says class. It’s a miracle the place hasn’t been spraypainted. Not a single tag, dick or infantile swastika. I did notice a lot of looting though. Inevitable, after 30 years of neglect.


Les Grands Bureaux. Great venue, great explore. Closing shot with me kissing Winona. End titles.

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Taken on February 20, 2011