Saturday, September 22, 2018

Alternate house #LifeGoals

If you're a longtime reader of this blog, why?

Seriously, though, if you're a longtime reader, you know my dream goals for retirement housing (assuming I don't need a nurse named Annie to give me my pills every eight hours and remind me where my socks are) are very modest and quiet, along the lines of a small, cozy house in the forest with a goat or two. (A one-bedroom rancher on the streets of Montoursville would be great, too.)

But there's also a part of me that would be thrilled by a huge, old, dilapidated mansion. So I was definitely digging the above tweet, which hit my @Papergreat feed this morning.

It turns out, according to Soul Photography and Obsidian Urbex Photography, that this place is called Le manoir Colima├žon and is located in northern France. It was built around 1900 and has been abandoned since the late 1990s (perhaps earlier). One of the translations of colima├žon is "spiral," and this mansion has a spiral staircase that goes from the basement to the top floor.

If a mysterious benefactor or ambitious publisher wants to put me up in this house for a year or two, I think I could write a pretty great book about the adventure. Think Peter Mayle meets Shirley Jackson.

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