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  1. Belgium 48 Hours in Belgium (2014)

    New member here, I thought I should share pictures from my Belgium tour. First spot is the famous cooling tower, the place is HUGE and even with my 17-40mm on a full frame body it was hard to capture. It was formerly used to provide electricity to 6 million people starting from 1930 and abandoned in 2006. Now it await it's destiny, demolition. Where the wild things grow by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Cooling place by spongeboburbex, on Flickr We didn't bother with the powerplant it self, too trashed for us. Off we went to see Noisy, what a beauty. I really hope they abandon the idea of tearing this place down. This was my main reason for going to Belgium, I saw the pictures a couple of months ago and decided I needed to visit it. So off we went! I heard rumors about the owner shooting after explorers, but luckily we didn't encounter him - only two other explorers. This place has a rich history, construction started in 1866 but wasn't finished until 1907. The German troops occupied the castle during the Ardennen Offensive, and during 'The Battle of The Bulge' there should have been fighting on the property. After the war National Railway Company of Belgium took it over and it was used as a orphanage. It has been empty since 1991. Unfortunately it is scheduled for demolition in 2014. Adventure awaits by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Forgotten place by spongeboburbex, on Flickr The party isn't over, we can still dance by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Spoiled Beauty by spongeboburbex, on Flickr If only these walls could talkā€¦ by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Room with a view by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Hidden deep in the woods by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Fairy tale view by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Peeking from the treetops by spongeboburbex, on Flickr We made our descend from Noisy to Congo, a place that seem to be forgotten, because I haven't been able to find any background story on this place. The decay is very obvious, the place is literally falling apart, floors are giving in. So we only got one shot and left the place. All things that have form eventually decay by spongeboburbex, on Flickr We quickly gathered our stuff and left, heading for D'Ah, which was almost left untouched, the ceiling and wallpaper was beautiful. Anybody home? by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Bear attack by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Intact beauty by spongeboburbex, on Flickr I could probably have spend the rest of the day there. We went on to the Christmas Home. I can only assume something happened here around christmas forcing it to be left for decay. It was a surreal experience, seeing family photos scattered all over the place and coats still hanging in the entrance. Christmas is the best time of the year by spongeboburbex, on Flickr We went to visit Uncle Sam, out in the middle of nowhere in Belgium we came to find this, loads of old vehicles, tanks and artillery, dating all the way back from WWII (I think?), We all live in a rusty submarine by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Next stop, Nowhere by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Long Forgotten by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Reporting for Duty by spongeboburbex, on Flickr Thanks for visiting.
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