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Belgium Doel, May 2012 (2013)

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mookster

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North of Antwerp sits a little village lost to 'big corp', in this case the port owners who want to bulldoze the entire place to expand the port into more industrial wastelands. But a few owners are stubbornly refusing to leave, allowing the rest of the village to fall into disrepair, a magnet for graffiti artists all over including many by the revered artist Roa, speed freaks using the mile-long dead straight road into the village as a drag strip, and curious explorers who come to document the closest thing Western Europe has to Pripyat when you take into account the nuclear power station just a mile or so away.

This was the last location of my first European trip and what a way to end. On arrival, both of us kind of unconsciously wandered off on our own taking it in in our own ways, only meeting up a couple of hours later. Not often that happens to me on an explore but in this place it just kind of 'did'...

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One of the few places still apparently open...

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This is only a small selection, loads more here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157629821509042/ ;)
 
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Shush

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Bloody hell Mooks, that looks right good mate, thanks for sharing that one :)

 

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Great post there Mooks a combination of all sorts here

Another cool share

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Good stuff, would I be correct is saying there is still one open cafe / bar there?

 

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A must for sure!

 
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Eerie place that. I've been told there's a fair few unsavoury characters hangin around they parts. Nicely captured though, always sad (and frustrating) to see a community destroyed by the man!

 

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Eerie place that. I've been told there's a fair few unsavoury characters hangin around they parts. Nicely captured though, always sad (and frustrating) to see a community destroyed by the man!
If by unsavoury characters you mean a coach load of old folks having a service in the still operational church then that's right :D

 

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Brilliant, i would love a wander round there, nice shots :D

 
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