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Abandoned houses in Provence, France.

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May. 3rd, 2010 | 11:00 am
location: Birmingham
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posted by: newschmoo in abandonedplaces

More abandoned houses in Provence.
These are photos I took last year near St Paul en Foret. The whole area is awash with abandoned buildings (some still salvageable; some clearly not) and all in beautiful settings.







You can see here there was really no way of getting into the building. It was completely full of brambles, ivy and trees. The are in front of the house was an abandoned olive grove; fantastic terraces with huge old olive trees running wild.











Further up the road was this other abandoned house. The area around it was so overgrown (and full of things biting me) that, again, I could not get in. It does not look as though it will be there much longer.




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Katie

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from: katiefoolery
date: May. 3rd, 2010 10:05 am (UTC)
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They both look so beautiful. I love the second-last picture in particular - the remains of the house almost look at peace with the way the trees are overgrowing them!

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newschmoo

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from: newschmoo
date: May. 3rd, 2010 10:12 am (UTC)
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Thanks. I think the trees and ivy were the main thing holding it up.

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kindredspirit75

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from: kindredspirit75
date: May. 3rd, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
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Great shots. I always wonder what the story is behind the buildings being abandoned. Looks like these were neglected for a long time.

Thanks for sharing.

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newschmoo

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from: newschmoo
date: May. 3rd, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
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I was talking to someone who lives there and most of the abandoned farmhouses were left either because the farm went bankrupt (very small family farms) and all the family left to find work or because the farm gets left to all the children equally in a will. They then cannot agree what to do with it and so nothing gets done because they all want some thing different. The person who told me this had bought a house that had stood empty for 50 years because of a combination ofthe 2 reasons.

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ladyofshalott06

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from: ladyofshalott06
date: May. 3rd, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
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These are gorgeous! I love these old stone houses. <3

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Kristi

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from: dampscribbler
date: May. 3rd, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Lovely photos. Thanks for feeding my crazy dream of taking over an abandoned property in Provence some day! :-)

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Greg Bone

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from: gbone
date: May. 10th, 2010 06:00 am (UTC)
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Wonderful pics!

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