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  1. Somewhere in the lush Belgium countryside lies Tapioca Farm abandoned and derelict. A time capsule of times past. The Farm feels like the Mary Celeste, where the owner has just left. His possessions lie there waiting to be reclaimed by him but not knowing that he has passed..... It seems finding any history of this place is neigh impossible, but the place speaks for itself. Small but powerful with it's own history to tell. Pictures:
  2. My final report from the roadtrip taken in mid December around the highlights of Germany, Belgium and France. Dr. A’s house is a former surgery deep in Germany. A huge old house dating back to the late 19th century judging by the architecture from the outside. The ground floor from my interpretation used to be the surgery for Dr. A with two surgery rooms, reception and waiting rooms. The jars of specimens reminds me on a smaller scale of the horror labs but without the gory animal heads….more internals of what I have no clue! The upper floors were the living quarters with another grand piano, studies and bedrooms. I liked this place and could of spent ages here….but as it was late winter and another place in another country to go, I didn’t spend that long there - Just enough to get a feel of it. Another visit maybe on the cards later this year…… Here are the pictures….I tried to reduce it to what I could do but it maybe a bit too much so apologises in advance. Pictures: Image 1) Image 2) Image 3) Image 4) Image 5) Image 6) Image 7) Image 8) Image 9) Image 10) Image 11) Image 12) Image 13) Image 14) Image 15) Image 16) Image 17) Image 18) Image 19)
  3. Another from the Europe trip in December. A quick early visit to this abandoned but clean monastery. Spent just over an hour here. The main highlight is definitely the church. Such a grand place but clean as well. Apart from the main church, didn't venture too far into the adjacent buildings as was strapped for time. Can't really find much information about this place..... Pictures:
  4. Visited one weekend in dark and cold December just before the weak sunset. I wanted to visit this place when it was reported due to the strange and surreal effects the sun had inside the plastic dome protecting the dish. From what I can determine, Zone Braams was a former satellite communications area built in 1969 and was in use for more than 40 years before being finally decommissioned. Current plans are to return the site back to a communications relay for the EU, but this has not happened. The place is very stripped out. All the buildings are empty and nothing really inspiring to take pictures of except this huge satellite dish. I only took a few pictures…..there are only so many angles you can cover of a dish. In this instance I guess quality of quantity! Pictures:
  5. This was on my list since I first saw reports earlier this year and I was fortunate to be in mainland Europe when I heard that access was possible since earlier this year. Spent a few hours here before heading back to old Blighty after a few days on the Continent. The place seems to have gone down pretty quickly since the first reports were found of this place. I suspect the nearby Gipsy camp has helped in stripping this place full of valuable metals as there was evidence of their handy work. 3 cell blocks and the admin blocks...pretty much similar but still a good look nevertheless....and my first prison! Pictures:
  6. Another place I visited this December during the road trip around Europe. Again another place I wanted to see after seeing previous reports of this place. Wallfahrt was one of my favourite places to explore during that trip. An abandoned house, but not trashed. Still aspects of history and belonging there. A perfect time capsule and one of the main reasons why I enjoy exploring, especially in mainland Europe. I took lots of pictures but I tried to narrow it down to the ones below to get a flavour of what I saw. Pictures:
  7. I know this site has been done to death but I wanted to visit it before it got publicised and thankfully I did. Visited one wet weekend in October just before it was splashed all over the Daily Mail website with location and all given. I just hope it doesn’t go all down hill from now and gets destroyed like Potters Manor…. It was my first UK explore since earlier this year as I turned more to Europe now. A relatively quick visit but the place still has some good parts to see. I won’t bore you with details as history has been well documented here and now the Daily Mail, so here is my take on this place. Pictures:
  8. So this is the final report from that weekend road trip in July with wevsky, sx-riff raff and space invader. This was visited after a few visits elsewhere and I think was the last one of the day. Researching this place, I believe that that this was the place where they made crystal mouldings and actual glass crystals for one of the famous crystal producers in Belgium. The factory is now downsizing and these abandoned buildings are adjacent to the active factory. For me, I think this was one of the best places I saw that weekend. It felt a bit like Tone Mills in the UK. A small workshop but with antiquated machinery and tools – a return is definitely warranted in the future. I could literally spend a few hours there just explore the place and taking shots. Here are a selection of those pictures and sorry in advance for the overload! Pictures: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) 18) 19) 20) 21) 22) 23) 24) .....and that's me finished for that roadtrip, finally!
  9. Cheers I remember! That hostel was crap....should have roughed it.
  10. A derelict and old church in deepest Belgium. Quiet big but definitely trashed with the graves opened by grave robbers one would think. I think the lighting makes it here! The place is filled with pigeon poo and the pigeons themselves and it had a stench of pigeons! As usual I can’t really find much information on the place but from what I saw the church was built in the mid 19th century if one of the marking on the beams was to be believed. This was one of the last places saw on roadtrip in sunny July. I guess I’m working backwards on my reports! Visited with Wevsky, SX-Riff-Raff and Space Invader. Pictures:
  11. Another church from the last road trip in Belgium. I think I’ve never been inside so many churches in one weekend before and since. Must be something I’ve done in the past or in the future. Visited with space invader, wevsky and sx-riffraff. The church is stuck in the middle of the countryside. It was pretty busy on the road where we parked up with cyclists and motorbikes but inside here we got peace and quiet until our next place. Quiet a small little gem with the lighting inside. Again not much information can be gather about this place. Pictures:
  12. Another report from that long roadtrip weekend in July - actually this was the first successful place we got in but it is almost one of the last to be produced by me. I think I got 'writer's block' in processing the pictures since July.... Visited with space invader, wevsky and sx-riffraff and another classic entrance by wevsky! Not too sure about this place, seems like a chapel that was attached to some manor house or hotel judging by what was found but can't really find much information on the internet. Pictures:
  13. Haha....there was but I wasn't satisfied with the shot and wanted to catch some summer rays!
  14. I visited this place three times in 2012, twice in the summer and once in the winter. All I can say that no one picture can really do justice to the place. Just being there is a jaw-dropping experience. It is definitely one of the top explores I have done so far. Researching the place, I found that building started in the 17th century. I’ve read that a major hotel chain are going to turn it into a luxury resort starting in 2011, but there were no sign there when I visited. My guess is the recession in Italy and the Euro crisis is impacting development. A part of me is glad as I got to see parts of it but also if it’s a hotel they’ll preserve this beauty. Here are the pictures and sorry for the overload of them! Pictures:
  15. I visited this place twice in 2012. The first time was in the summer and the second in the winter. Like Non Plus Ultra (NPU) which I reported on, this is another abandoned castle. Although not as big as NPU, it still has an air of grandeur about it, especially the big, red room! I took loads of pictures here, and I don't think I've fully done the place justice. I tried to keep the numbers of pictures to a limited number but I wanted to capture the feeling of this wonderful place - so sorry in advance if there is an overload in pictures! History of the castle is a bit sketchy but as far as I can research it had it’s foundations built in the 1170, being mainly used for military functions and then became a noble house when it was then abandoned. Pictures:
  16. I'm sure that log liked the way your access the place
  17. Some variety from the last trip to Belgium, outside the numerous churches we visited was this quick visit to Crachoir Piscine. Visited with wevsky and sx-riffraff with Mr. Space Invader taking a pit stop in the local McDonalds. Wevsky made a greatest entry. Climbing a boarded door for it to collapase. Not the quietest entry but definitely a laugh! Only took a few pictures as this was literally a flying visit before the sun went down and after a long day of driving and cramming places in. Pictures:
  18. My first theatre that I ever visited was in Belgium during the crazy road trip with space invader, wevsky and sx-riffraff. Art Deco in appearance this place lies in an former industrial town in deepest Belgium. Again not much information can be gather about this place but looks like it was used by the former workers in the nearby factories before they closed and this theatre as well. Only took a few pictures as I think by the time of this visit I was knackered after visiting other places beforehand and the driving! Pictures:
  19. I do love the driving. You did say I drive like an old man though!
  20. I visited this hospital in November, 2012. It was a bit of a mission to find and to drive to, driving through sweeping mountain roads facing a lake in the distant. Very hard to find much information about this place, probably due to my limited Italian. My understanding is that this place was a place to convalesce during the wars with a view of the lake and mountain air helping. Pictures:
  21. Cheers guys. Still working my way through my old pictures and plugging reports as they come!
  22. Another derelict church in Belgium but attached to abandoned hospital ward. I suspect that this used to be used for convalescence in the past, judging by one room contain lots of patient records. Was pretty trashed but still some interesting items there, namely the church and some rooms with the usual bits and bobs of past history. I didn't spend long inside as I went back to the car to kip leaving Wevsky, SX-Riff-Raff and Space Invader to take more pictures than I did! Pictures:
  23. Well this report took ages to write up. This was a quick visit during one of the Europe trips in May and got lost in a massive backlog. Completely forgot about this one until was sorting my pictures up so thought I'd throw a report up. Can't really find much information on this place. Seems to be an old school that is now in the process of being converted into posh flats. Was here and saw workmen in the distant who seem to ignore us. Perhaps the main attraction is definitely the long corridors. They remind me of those corridors in the asylums in England. Visited with Wevsky, SX-Riff-Raff and Space Invader. Pictures:
  24. Visited one early December in 2011. I was in the area for a birthday party and popped along to visit the Mill on the way back to the big smoke of London. I was amazed all the machinery in place in the mill. All of it left in-situ and looking back to a by-gone era when Britain ruled the way for making good wool clothing! It looks like something from the turn of the industrial revolution and you could imagine workers slaving away here! Water mill works, big machinery, chimneys and history being a Grade 2 listed site. What else could you want?! This visit was more of a flash explore before heading home to avoid the traffic. Pictures: