There was this thread going on on Reddit, and I just had to ask the Fstoppers community. The question had me thinking back to about ten years ago, when a group of friends and I went to "investigate" signs of paranormal activity in a derelict castle in Belgium. What is the craziest place you've been and got kicked out of for trespassing while taking (or trying to) take a photo?
Our car was absolutely loaded with photo and video equipment. If you've ever seen an episode of "Ghost Hunters," then I'm sure you know what those guys bring to an investigation. After traveling all day, we wondered where that castle was located exactly. It was a different time then. Street View wouldn't launch until a year later, and navigating was done with dedicated GPS devices. It's stunning how technology can creep up on you. So, we were going in circles around a rural Belgian town. It was supposed to contain this huge castle as well, being used before as an asylum (of course), a primary school, and some sort of hospital. But ten years ago, it was about to be torn down due to dereliction. It had not been in active use since the time man first went to the moon and Bryan Adams bought his first real six string. Aside from its supposed haunting, the castle would surely be a great urbex location, but we'd have to find it first.
Tired of searching, we drove to the town center and looked for something to eat. Then, it appeared, looming from over a couple of medieval-aged homes. The Castle of Mesen stood slap-bang in the middle of the town. With gothic features like stained glass windows, archways, and a caved-in roof, it did look like a proper place for ghosts to be holed up in. A less gothic feature, however, was a gigantic fence that circled the premises. But that didn't stop us from entering.
The Belgian security guard did. One or two of us had entered the fence when he grabbed my jacket. We luckily got away with a warning, but not much photo or video footage, apart from one short video in which, according to the same "Ghost Hunters," a "residual haunting" could be seen in the form of an orb (speck of dust). Your turn.
Image of the Castle of Mesen by Flickr user Niek Beck.