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  1. OK so this perhaps isn't the greatest Belgian location in comparison to other sheer epics, but the explore itself was one of the craziest I've done...also I was in for a shock as when plotting this on my map I realised we had driven right past it on my first foray overseas last year! Picture this. This was the one day we had a lot of miles to cover, and the night before it had begun to snow. We wake up to a foot of snow in Liege city centre, the roads are crawling along as nothing has been gritted and we have to make a move and check out of the hotel. The outside temperature is a crisp -9 degrees celsius but with the added windchill factor is hovering around -15. The motorways were covered in snow, with only the middle lane open if you could see it at all. The high winds were whipping the snow into drifts six-feet deep along the hard shoulder and we soldiered on, narrowly avoiding a Czech guy who almost wiped out flying down the fast lane through the snow After over an hour of treacherous motoring we pulled in opposite our first location, the SCPA Labs (Also known as 'Labo G'), an old agricultural laboratory. Off the beaten track the weather was even worse, in these vast flat areas of land the wind was blowing the snow all over the place and we quickly realise to get in we need to walk across a field with snow that turns out to be nearly groin-deep! This was pure hardcore exploring and sheer craziness on our parts, but what a laugh it was. It turned out to be a nice place, a bit stripped but pretty much untouched by chavvery. It was weird walking into this lab, as soon as we got in we heard a rumbling noise coming from somewhere above our heads and a bit of head-scratching later we realised it was the wind outside making something in the ventilation system above this laboratory work! More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633045729114/
  2. One of those locations that has been on my to do list for way to long. By the time we finally managed to pay this one a visit, the rebuilding was well underway and lots of the coolest features were gone or inaccessible. Still managed to get a couple of decent shots, but wasn't what it used to be anymore. This enourmous monastry was once a partly monastry and partly care home for religious people. They are now rebuilding it, but I'm not sure what new purpose this building will get. Here are some of the shots I managed to take here last week: 1# 2# 3# 4# 5# 6# 7# 8# 9# 10# 11# 12# 13# 14# 15# 16# 17# 18# 19# 20# And a few more on my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbexosaurus/sets/72157633284773730/ Thanks for watching!
  3. First post of a LONG backlog of stuff to wade, sorry, get through...so I don't blame you if you get bored. I had wanted to see this place for almost as long as I have been exploring, it sat unreachable high up the top of my want list. Stories of mad security, dogs, police etc had been known about for a while but all I can say is the place was deathly quiet on our visit which was a bonus. The site is made up of 5 huge buildings and the equally massive boiler house, 3 of the buildings are gorgeous art-deco in style and the other 2 more modern. In the end we accessed 2 of the art deco blocks and the wait was worth it for me, it is without doubt one of my favourite locations of all time and I'd go back tomorrow if I could - so excuse the volume of photos I can't trim them down any more! Soon after this explore it began to snow, and kept snowing, which had implications for the rest of the trip but that is another story! Cheeky rooftop shot of a nearby blast furnace. In we go! More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633026726965/
  4. Another site from my week-long Belgian extravaganza. This from before it started to snow, and instead was pouring with rain! Villa Wallfahrt is another place I had wanted to see for a long, long time. It's pretty much Belgian exploration as a whole personified in one location. Details on when this rectory/convent became abandoned are pretty scarce but it is believed to be a few years ago now, and the entire place is stuffed full of epic. When making our entrance there was a bit of pure comedy, we chose the hard way in and on hearing voices inside I ventured into the hallway to investigate and walked right into a Dutch guy's shot! He was there with another two people and luckily he spoke good English so we were able to have a bit of a laugh, and decided the best plan would be for them to start downstairs whilst we began the explore upstairs. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633004562871/
  5. Situated in a beautiful valley on the banks of a majestic river this abandoned hotel looks forlorn and out of place with the well-kept houses along the same road.. So..in true British style we parked right outside and bundled out of the car..the trouble with exploring with 6 other people is everyone wants to be first in..it was like rats leaving a sinking ship! After negotiating a squeeze into the basement we were in…only to find that the main floor had been stolen! Amazing really…what were they trying to get at ? Still the upper floors remained in pretty good condition. Looks like a few people have used it as a stopover on urbex missions..there were even some beds made up!.. Shame the weather wasn’t on our side as the views were delightful. Eventually some old codger peered through the window and told us to bugger off…well that’s what we thought he said..our Belgium isn’t that good..the word “Police†was easily translated though… It’s up for sale if anyone wants to buy it ! Hello....Room Service ! you have not made my bed up..where is my complimentary mint and condom ! Flowers and wine.. Vin de Table The elegant screen which hid the dirty kitchen.. Such beautiful sinks in a toilet ! The carpets, wall paper and general colour theme were well trippy in this place ! The blue corridor.. The mattress really went with that wallpaper ! Play a song for me.. The lonely jug locked away in the attic.. Careful! there is a small hole in the floor ! It was a great location..hope you enjoyed the selection of pics.
  6. So after failing to get into somewhere, we spotted this close by, its a dentist with a nice little house next to it, just a little video some faces in here so no names please!
  7. After our rather disappointing start to our inaugural Belgium road trip we made our second stop at IM Power Station..now I’ve been up close and personnel with Battersea but this place was huge ! After entering via the very secure fence we walked around for ages to find a way in, interrupted a courting couple (seriously too cold for those kind of shenanigans – find an abandoned hotel)…they have done a very good job of sealing this place up! Splitting up into two groups we finally found an unusual way to enter the main site itself..dam hard work walking up that conveyor ;-) especially when the floor is made of wood and was surprisingly spring like ! We finally made it in to the main building! It’s vast! We’d arrived a bit late in the day and with the light going, the storm clouds gathering we shot what we could. They’ve done a very good job of recycling the metal in this place! We even found a very nice pair of shiny bolt cutters! Grabbed some internal shots and then headed over to the cooling tower..which I’m sure you have seen before many many times on the interweb ! Got the usual group shot with added smoke effects ! If you know where this place is then you’ll know the whole town offers much in the way of industrial derps ! Looking forward to a return trip ! I was intrigued as to where the yellow pipe went... I mean..who designs this kind of thing and what did it do !? The place was full of pipe porn... Inside the cooling tower.. The hole of doom...that green stuff was seriously slippery ! Now..how many concrete blocks make up a cooling tower... We finally saw the light and called it a day.. Thanks for looking - we went in March..it was cold...in fact it was bloody freezing !.. we beat the real snow by a few days !
  8. Another from the Belgium tour Loved this place, so picturesque !
  9. Evening all, One of the places that was definitely on my list to visit on our first tour in Belgium was the “Lost Alfas†– a clue in the title what this entailed. Six Alfa Romeo 1960s sport cars left to rot in the bowels of an abandoned castle somewhere in Belgium. We woke at 5am, ate, got dressed and prepared to drive the hour to the place where we knew they were located. After finding a place to park, we decided to walk to the area where the castle was and negotiate our way through. After several attempts at walking across a field or two, exploring several barns and a courtyard and seeing lights on in the house, we reported back to the others that the castle was over the gate but no clear way to get to it from where we were situated. On this news, one of our guys went for a walk to find an alternative route. Within five minutes the correct place to get in was found. We then made our way down the driveway in the emerging light of sunrise towards the castle. On arrival at the castle, we ventured through the grass and found an archway underneath the castle, this looked promising so pressed on a little further and discovered the cars and this beauty. #1 On discovering this, we all quietly gathered in the room just inside the garage to set up ready for the early morning’s photography, silently happy that we had succeeded in finding this gem. A little bit of history Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. (Italian pronunciation: [?alfa ro?m??o]) is an Italian manufacturer of cars. Founded as A.L.F.A. on June 24, 1910, in Milan, the company has been involved in car racing since 1911, and has a reputation for building expensive sports cars. The company was owned by Italian state holding company Istituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale between 1932 and 1986, when it became a part of the Fiat Group, and since February 2007 a part of Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A. Alfa Romeo has competed successfully in many different categories of motorsport, including Grand Prix motor racing, Formula One, sportscar racing, touring car racing and rallies. They have competed both as a constructor and an engine supplier, via works entries (usually under the name Alfa Corse or Autodelta) and private entries. The first racing car was made in 1913, three years after the foundation of the company, and Alfa Romeo won the inaugural world championship for Grand Prix cars in 1925. The company gained a good name in motorsport, which gave a sporty image to the whole marque. Enzo Ferrari founded the Scuderia Ferrari racing team in 1929 as an Alfa Romeo racing team, before becoming independent in 1939. From what I have found on the internet, the cars in the garage were as follows: Giulia 1600 Spider hardtop (red) (’62) Giulia 1600 spider Hardtop (Blue) (’62) Alfa Romeo 1300 Sprint (’64) Alfa Giulietta 1300 SS Super Sprint (’61) Now you’ve had the story, on with some photos from the morning. Technical I tend to try to shoot on a low ISO even on a full frame camera and the morning’s light and cramped conditions, alternating between basic light painting with torches and low light natural photography was the order of the day. All photos were taken as HDR with +2 stop exposures tending to be 30 seconds. #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 Hope you guys enjoyed the read and the photos - conditions were cramped with 4 of us plus the light was very bad. Tim
  10. A small farmhouse hidden away up a little lane in the middle of Belgium, My first opinion was ranged between disappointment and Curiosity, From the outside it didn't look promising, Simple 4 walls with no out-standing features, but until i stood inside my mind was quickly changed. Visited with SX-RiffRaff, and SpaceInvader. Warning, this report contains crusty pussy hehe
  11. Like I said before, sometimes you want to do a nice write-up on a location, but you simply can't, as it would instantly give away the location. This is one of those locations. It has quite an amazing history, but I can't say to much about it. This chateau has been empty for over 10 years now, but strangely enough, power water and gas are still turned on. Which is a bit weird, as the alarm itself is disabled... As far as I can tell, I've only been the second person who actually managed to explore this one and it simply was an amazing explore. Let's go on with the pic's, as there's not much more i can share in terms of history: 1# 2# 3# 4# 5# 6# 7# 8# 9# 10# 11# 12# 13# 14# 15# 16# 17# 18# 19# Thanks for watching and comments will be appreciated, as always!! :tr The rest of the set can be found on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbexosaurus/sets/72157633098175558/
  12. Deep in a forest lies in a southern part of belgium, lies someone's private collection of old military vehicals, all rusted away with a few being restored! I've labled this as Part 1, as we only got to see half of it and then darkness doomed upon us! So ill make a re-visit and see the other bits Visted with Space-Invader, and SX Riff-Raff Enjoy the pics! =) More on here; http://flic.kr/s/aHsjEthuPf Thanks for looking!
  13. lovely house inside a quiet town in belgium, As far as I know this Villa has been build by a Priest in 1897 and also weares the name 'Villa Das' and 'Manoir de la Chapelle'. It has a lot of religious statues and a huge Maria statue without hands in the chapel which is still there! According to the Sister of the monastery next to the Villa, the previous owner has been taken into the hospital and died there. His son inherited the house, but doesn't want to sell it cause of the divorce with his wife which would get half of the yield. Therefore it's in decay with all furniture inside waiting to be accepted by someone who wants to renovate it and give it a new life. It's in this condition for years now. taken from (http://www.damona-art.com/villa-wallfahrt) <- Also take note look how everythings been moved about! i like to put things back where i find them! Villa Wallfhart - Urbex - Belgium - March 2013 by M.Perry Photography, on Flickr Villa Wallfhart - Urbex - Belgium - March 2013 by M.Perry Photography, on Flickr Villa Wallfhart - Urbex - Belgium - March 2013 by M.Perry Photography, on Flickr Villa Wallfhart - Urbex - Belgium - March 2013 by M.Perry Photography, on Flickr Villa Wallfhart - Urbex - Belgium - March 2013 by M.Perry Photography, on Flickr Villa Wallfhart - Urbex - Belgium - March 2013 by M.Perry Photography, on Flickr Villa Wallfhart - Urbex - Belgium - March 2013 by M.Perry Photography, on Flickr Villa Wallfhart - Urbex - Belgium - March 2013 by M.Perry Photography, on Flickr </center>
  14. Hi all, You probably seen this place a million times but this is a few of mine taken in Feb which include snow inside as it was quite a cold few days. #1 selfie #2 #3 #4 Thanks for looking in.
  15. Evening all, Re-visited Theatre Jeusette in Belgium with a few of my crew in early February. This time earlier in the day hence better light and conditions as the first time we visited last thing in the day and light was fading fast. #1 #2 #3 #4 A few from November.. #5 #6 Cheers for looking.
  16. visit with Scattergun as part of our Belgium tour last year Cheers
  17. Hi guys,I thought I ought to get a few pictures up as I haven't yet contributed to the site. Here is a few of my favourite site of my first Belgium visit. I struggled with the differences in lighting photography wise,but what an awesome site! Up nice and early as access hot!
  18. Done a 5 day tour of the more well known UE haunts in BE, met some great explorers and a real good laugh The sole reason for the trip was after seeing pics of this place on another forum I used to frequent. In there at 5:30am and waited until 7:30am for decent light to catch the place before nerves got the better of us and we though the workmen where on their way in cheers
  19. Yes i hear you cry another cdc report..it's been hit a fair bit i know but as we had just left the pre metro we thought as we where in the area that we would pop in.Weather was bleak not an easy task trying to expose anything properly in that light but ive cobbled a few together that weren't that bad!! Visited with Obscurity,Spaceinvader and Urbanginer That was out 15 hour flying visit to BE..home in time for tea!!
  20. Some of you who speak to me on Fb or chatbox may have sussed i recently got a passport and also have been learning to abseil...This is the reason ive been doing the abseiling,saw this first several years or more ago and thought ive got no chance of ever seeing this!How times change..So all passported and roped up Myself SpaceInvader,Urbanginger and Obscurity set out to have a crack at this.. The shaft pics i would have liked to have done better but due to heavy rain on the way in and back out i wasnt risking the camera for a better shot!Big thanks to Si for the helping hand at the top dragging my knackered body over the final push!! On with some pics,i seem to have got some lense flair going on so a return is in order. Was very cold wet yet most enjoyable evening...
  21. Another one from my intense Belgian trip and probably the biggest surprise of the trip for me at least. It was once a large buzzing factory owned by Du Parc, a stockings and lingerie manufacturer but closed a good few years back. Scouting the place out it was pouring with rain and humid as hell, we spent about fifteen minutes sheltered under a canopy on the outside of the main building before going round to try and find a way in and once we were in the humidity played merry hell steaming up lenses all over the place. But we didn't let it put us off and what at first glance seemed like a stripped, dark pit of a place eventually opened up and the more we poked around the more goodness there was to be found....this is a proper oldschool factory with oldschool stuff and proper tasty decay, just the sort of thing I love. A place I would love to visit again! You may be noticing a theme that I do like my industry a fair bit... More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/ ... 725940120/
  22. A few months back I went on a roadtrip to France and Belgium, this was one of the highlights. Probably the best power station going in Belgium at the moment, certainly the best piece of industry I have ever done surpassing even Pyestock. Sadly owing to us being knackered we somehow missed the proper control room but that gives me reason enough to go back! Sadly before I could attempt the climb into the cooling tower I managed to whack my head hard on a concrete beam and then shortly after rip a huge hole in the crotch area of my trousers so I didn't really fancy it! More photos here www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157629753019400