Black & White Sunday: Traces of the past Y2

Nearly 2 decades ago, I trawled the internet to find a forgotten, unrestored Maginot Line Fort… When we were next in France, I searched unsuccessfully for a few, but finally hit gold…. Alas, no torch or rope, and alone, I had to give up any ideas of exploring inside! Well, I did step inside just to say I had got in…. but it was quite a sight when we caught the first glimpse of it in the forest clearing:


More Traces of the Past over at Paula’s here.


  1. Thank you, Sue. The unrestored fort really evokes the history. I would expect such a place to be restored and turned into a war museum and a visitor centre.

    • Sue

      Some of them are….but this one is now buried under mounds of earth apparently….the French Military didn’t want people accessing it, I think

  2. You were quite the intrepid lady back in the day, Sue 🙂 Hope you’re having a good Sunday.

  3. That must have been exciting, Sue. Shame it is now buried, and future generations won’t get the chance to see it.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Allan G. Smorra

    They built them Hell for Stout back then, didn’t they? Love the photo and the story.

    • Sue

      Hell for stout is a new one on me, Allan!

      • Allan G. Smorra

        It’s an old term that I learned back in the ’70s when I worked on mines in Western Colorado. The backstory is that if you leave a miner alone in a room with an anvil and a glass hammer and come back in a hour you will have a broken anvil. Thus, everything in a mine is built “Hell for Stout.”

  5. Wow – the feeling when coming across this!

  6. So this one will be reclaimed by the earth in time. Interesting Sue, I had to google it of course. I wouldn’t want to go inside.

    • Sue

      You presumably googled Maginot Line …. There are a number of them that you can visit, but they are too clinical….that’s why I would have liked to see inside this one, but not something one would do alone, or without lights and rope etc!

  7. I wonder what series this building could tell.
    I love the B&W for this image.
    Isadora 😎

  8. Wonderful image, Sue. I bet you were just longing to be able to explore a bit. 🙂

  9. Another great photo, Queen of Atmosphere, and explorer. Interesting thought-line started too: once places like this are Ma available to the public easily they lose ambience and past reality. There was a school of thought that said Warsaw afte WW2 should be left as rubble and a perpetual reminder.

    • Sue

      Well put…”they lose ambience and past reality” – exactly.when I was inside one restored fort, tried to go “off piste”, and soon got called back!

  10. Can you correct Ma to made???

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  12. Hard to imagine this was once the French pride and strongest defense—except it wasn’t of course. Now it looks so pastoral and quite a contrast to its brutal history. A fantastic image, Sue.

  13. what a fantastic image and a poignant piece of history!

  14. Talk about solid and built to last. Beauty in it’s determination to survive. Almost like a residence of magic.

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