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  1. Hello there! Second port of call of the euro trip day two! Liked this one, sadly wrecked but does have a nice entrance hall and staircase and some nice bits of furniture dotted around. Not a lot of history here. Anyway, on with the pics: Cheers, SM
  2. Château D'ah, Belgium Visited with: PG UE, Carl Hartley, Nick Whitworth and Scott Chadwick. Visit date: September 2014 Please Note: Entry is always through an open access point and not by forcing our way in….. We are explorers, not vandals. History I cannot find any history on this Château I am afraid. If anyone reading the report has any information please feel free to leave a comment. My Visit Château D’ah, I am going to see D’ah at last I was thinking to myself as we were getting closer to the location. I was thinking this because the first EU report I ever read was on Chateau D’ah and to be finally visiting it for myself was a great feeling. When we arrived we pulled up right in front of the Château and within a few minutes we all had our camera gear on our backs and we was off. We decided not to use the front gate due to houses being only 10 metres from the entrance so we found a quieter entry point. After a short walk we was inside, my first impression was that D’ah had definitely seen better days, mother nature was slowly but surely winning. The first Image I took was of the main entrance hall. If you look at the right hand side of this photo you will see a painting of a Château on the wall, the Château painted is Château D’ah. After taking the first photo I looked up and just had to take this next shot. I took a quick look around the ground floor rooms but they were not in the best condition so I only took one photo of the side rooms on this level, here it is. As I turned to leave the room the following view appeared. This time you can see the painting of Château D’ah on the left of the doors. So it was time to head up a level, however, before heading up I took a closer shot of the stairs. So what will the next floor have to offer me? Unfortunately not to much, again the rooms were nothing special so I only took two shots on this level and again, yes you guessed it, stairs! I really liked the way the light was streaming in through the small round window. The next photo is my favourite from all the photos I took at D’ah, it was taken halfway up the stairs stood in front of the small round window looking back down to floor 2. Ok floor 3, please give me something different I beg of you….. I went into the room on the left first and I was greeted with a stripped out room with support beams on show so that was a bust. As I exited the room for the room on the right of the landing the following image caught my eye, I liked the textures and patterns so I took the shot. Now this room was nothing special, however, it was better than most of the previous rooms at this location. From the look of it I think this would have been the master bedroom. I say that due to the full width wood cupboards that this room has. I nicknamed them the D’ah Guestbook because previous explorers have signed their names on the wood with brick dust. I added my name to list and then took a couple of photos. [ After taking the images of the master bedroom I decided now might be a good time to see how the lads were getting on. When I got back downstairs most of the group was finishing up so I decided to head out of the back door for a few externals whilst waiting, as I walked out there was a local resident picking what I would guess was blackberries about 15 metres in front of me. I slowly stepped back into the Château and made the lads aware that he was outside. 10 minutes later the group was ready to leave, I put all of my gear away apart from my camera as I wanted to grab an external from the front as we left. More images available on flickr The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos of Château D'ah on my Flickr page which can be found here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Final thoughts Overall I would have to be honest and say that I found Château D’ah a little disappointing. Don’t get me wrong when I say that as I am glad that I have managed to visit here but I just feel that I was a few years too late. If it was not for the stairs then D’ah would have been a total bust for me. To read more location reports of the places we visited on the tour please click here, http://www.alanduggan-photography.co.uk/tag/toursep2014/ Thanks for reading, Dugie
  3. Location #2 of the ‘Who’s hand was that Tour’ - Chateau Verdure History I cannot seem to find any history for this chateau, however, if or when I do I will update theis post. My Visit This Chateau is located in a more affluent neighbourhood than our first location. The building is hidden away by the overgrown tree lines and bushes as seems to be the case with a lot of the Chateaus we visited. Also, compared to the first location this place is in very bad shape. We knew before heading here that the building was in a bad way and that it would be a quick visit due to the lack of photo opportunities that awaited us, but, we still knew it would be worth the visit just for the couple of photos we would be able to capture. Upon entering the building we was greeted with metal supports holding up what was left of ceiling and trust me when I say that in some places that was not much. Some rooms were in a little better shape than others but not by much. The area that was in the best condition was the small hallway that has the main staircase & piano and this was the reason our visit. Photo time….. So after taking the photos on the ground floor of the piano and stairs I moved up to the next floor to take a few shots of the stairs and stained glass windows. The rooms upstairs was in a bad way and I decided to avoid them due to the collapsed ceilings and floors. So with the main stairs & piano photographed I went for a quick look around, as I said earlier this place is really unstable and the signs of collapse are everywhere. Here is a photo from one of the rooms. As you can see the ceiling does not exist. That is about it for this location, I could post up images of rooms that are falling down or rooms that are being held up by supports but I will leave those images for the album on flickr. I will finish up this report with another angle of the piano & stairs. More images available on flickr The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos of Chateau De Singes on my Flickr page which can be found here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157647608978538 Final thoughts Even though the Chateau is ready to fall down I am glad we visited here. If you can see past all of the collapsed roofs and utter mess you can imagine how grand this place would have been. I found myself imagining this place as somewhere to socialise. The reason I say this is due to the metal & glass canopy that is out the front of the building over the main steps & entrance. It looks very similar to what you would see outside of a theatre today in London. Also with the remains of a snooker table and the piano it just got me thinking was this place more of a social place than a family home. This is just my imagination and I could be way of the mark and this was in fact a family home, however, this is what I love about visiting these locations it allows your imagination to run free. To read more location reports of the places we visited on the tour please click here, http://www.alanduggan-photography.co.uk/urbex-france-belgium-tour-september-2014/ Thanks for reading, Dugie
  4. Location #1 of the ‘Who’s hand was that Tour’ - Chateau De Singes aka Castle of Monkeys History Not a lot of history on Chateau De Singes I’m afraid other than it was built in the 17th century and the last time it was occupied was in the middle of the 1970’s. My Visit After a long journey which started at midnight in the UK we finally arrived at the first location in France at 09:30. We was just about to enter the chateau when we spotted a car parked in the tree line right outside the building. One of the group took a quick look inside to see who or if anyone was inside, within seconds we knew there was and who it was, it was a local photographer with a model doing a photoshoot. We announced we was in the building, said hello and started to get the gear ready and within minutes we was all happily taking photos. This place is really nice and airy, I say that because the building is basically one big rectangle with windows and doors on both sides which allows the light to stream in. The floors, walls & ceilings are mostly light colours which bounces the light around and gives this place a calm feeling. Signs of damage are there and a little graffiti but not much. Considering this chateau has been empty for this long it really is in good condition, well, better than i was expecting anyway. Lets get on with the photos… Now we all knew that the main feature in this chateau is the staircase so a few of the group headed off to photograph it straight away and I decided to head to a different area as to not get in the way. The first photo I took was of a bath tub placed in front of a window. Seems a little weird why it would be here but it makes for a good picture. Just to the right of where the bath is located was a room with a nice size fireplace. Placed on top of the fireplace is a horse riding helmet which made sense to me later when I found the stables as we was leaving. After taking the above images I decided to go and see if I could get a shot of the stairs. My luck was in as the lads was just finishing up so after a couple of minutes wait I was snapping away. After grabbing some images of the stairs I headed to the left hand side of the building, this side is not in as good a condition as the other but none the less it has some interesting decor. You are probably thinking well is that it! The answer is yes. Upstairs there was nothing of major interest or décor so I focused my time on the ground floor. More images available on flickr The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos of Chateau De Singes on my Flickr page which can be found here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157647857118382/ Final thoughts This small French chateau was a great way to start out the tour. I found this place to be very calming and a nice relaxed & safe explore. I highly recommend visiting this one if you are planning a trip. To read more location reports of the places we visited on the tour please use the following link http://www.alanduggan-photography.co.uk/urbex-france-belgium-tour-september-2014/ Thanks for reading, Dugie
  5. Hello, This place is rather trashed and stripped but the entrance and stairs is the main attraction. I cant find any history on the place. Thank You!
  6. The first stop on second stop on my first Euro tour. I was surprised we had the place to ourselves on a Saturday morning. Owners of a tobacco family suilt this stunning chateau and I believe the last resident was a well known philatelist. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
  7. Visited with Mookster and a non member on our 4 day road trip abroad. I've wanted to go and see this place ever since I first laid my eyes on photos of it, and it didn't disappoint! Was it worth the 16 hour drive? 100% yes. My favourite location on our road trip by far. More here; https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuarthomas/sets/72157646040109124
  8. Ahhhhh Lumiere, a place everyone must visit at least once. It's one of those iconic derelict buildings which is instantly recognisable and very popular, and standing in it I could see why. It's utterly, utterly beautiful, there must be so much money tied up in the place that for it to be just sat there quietly decaying in a little French town in the middle of nowhere is a tragedy. To say the journey here was fraught is an understatement, it took us 16 hours from leaving my house until we pulled up outside it. The M25 was a nightmare, the ferry was over an hour late, and on the journey through France we had to keep pulling over in rest stops because of the very real danger one of the two tasked with driving was going to fall asleep at the wheel. But eventually we made it and what a relief we got in and out with no dramas. Was it worth it? Hell yeah!! This was the first location on what was to become my favourite Euro trip so far, explored in the brilliant company of Lee Jambon and Barry the Bitch Destroyer. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157645990360505/
  9. Hi, I've made this movie about our trip to this location, and we managed to get in! (Without paying someone ) Please take a look at the movie of this beautiful location. Everything went fine, until the end, we almost got caught
  10. Evening all, Another report and a small place that was pretty empty and is slowly becoming another popular spot on the tour bus and who can blame them? Beautiful artwork on the walls and some great stairs is the sum total of this explore but worth the hour we spent there. Nothing in the rooms worth photographing. Also met some nice Dutch guys who have turned out to be good contacts to have. On with some photos, no idea of the history of this place. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Thanks for looking in.
  11. Hi, After all the stories i've heard about this location, that it's impossible to get in, or to get away without being caught, me and my crew finally managed to get in! And WHAT a beauty it is! I can understand now why it's so heavy guarded. The interior is so beautifull, and much of it still intact, especially the ground floor. But when we were walking towards the exit again, outside the castle, we saw a car coming towards us, so we ran into the bushes, and got over the fence onto the public road, but then the car came again, and i was still on the property hiding near the fence, when the guy in the car said to the rest of my crew that the police is coming. He drove of, and i went as quick as i can over the fence, and we ran to our cars, it was a close call! But enough talking, here are some pictures. PS. A movie is coming later, i had a GoPro 3 mounted on my head. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 You can see the rest here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152210204261056.1073741839.695516055&type=1&l=afc50bd527 Be sure to check it out!
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  13. Here's my view/report of an old and abandoned chateau/manor somewhere in Belgium. The decay in this one was a bit overwhelming (in a good way) #1: #2: #3: #4: #5: #6:
  14. Hey people! just joined this forum, so here is my first post! Hope you will enjoy my pictures ps: if I do something wrong, correct me 1. CdA1 by KRZAK Photography, on Flickr 2. CdA2 by KRZAK Photography, on Flickr 3. CdA3 by KRZAK Photography, on Flickr 4. CdA4 by KRZAK Photography, on Flickr 5. CdA5 by KRZAK Photography, on Flickr 6. CdA6 by KRZAK Photography, on Flickr 7. CdA7 by KRZAK Photography, on Flickr Thx for watching! Wanna see more? check www.facebook.com/krzakphotography
  15. Abandoned chateau in Belgium no idea about the history , lovely chateau and lovely domain ....
  16. Small abandoned chateau in Belgium with a lovely staircase .... I hope you liked my pics , nothing more to see there
  17. Loved the bedroom , it's a shot not much seen , I'm proud of it ! Hope you like them to <3 !!
  18. Originally constructed in the beginning of the 17th century for a royal family, after two hundred years of additions and renovations it was sold and used as a factory in the 19th century. It has been home to an alcohol distillery, a sugar refinery, and a tobacco factory. Now its being demolished. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5:
  19. Somewhere in Belgium, in a small town, there is a big mansion. It belonged to the mayor (i believe). Quite an amazing experience, cause the electricity was still on and they were keeping up the garden. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7:
  20. Here my Highlight from last year. This Chateau was Building at the 13ten Century It was a wondeful day into this Chateau.
  21. A gem of a Chateau! Struggled to find any history on this bad boy! :( On with the pics: Cheers!!!! Chris
  22. ...OLD HOGEY... Now we've got that xmas nonsense out of the way, I thought it was time to share the rest of the N.K.P.S 1100 Belgium Tour... After the AWESOME Maison Morphine and with the light quickly fading, we needed something fairly close by finish off day2, Chateau Hogemeyer would be just the job! Unfortunately I'd left the details for it at home! BUGGER!! A quick text back to blighty and we were sorted... Cheers Baron!! Derp could be one way of describing this one, but derp on a GRAND scale!! It would be a very short lived mooch if it wasn't for the collection of old motors round the back. Still, a splendid way to end day 2's shenanigans... Pics from the pair of us as always, ENJOY!! Thanks for lookin in... Day 3 will be up soon...
  23. If, like me, you like extremes of decay well you're in for a treat. Chateau Congo is the name given to a huge Chateau in a tiny village in deepest darkest Belgium. I first saw it a year or so ago on a Belgian forum and instantly knew I wanted to see it, however finding it turned out to be very tricky because only a handful of people have actually posted it online - probably because it's just too far gone for most people! Anyway fastforward a year or so and I was pointed in the right direction by a Belgian contact. Me and the group roll up before dawn and park nearby, and after half an hour of waiting for enough light to be able to see sort of where we were going we found our way in. The Chateau is in a seriously bad state, the only floor that is properly accessible is the ground floor and even that has some totally impassable parts. Half of the upstairs floors of the chateau have totally collapsed inside and the other half have rotten floors which are now sadly too dodgy to even think of walking across. As such getting around on the ground floor is made even trickier having to dodge large areas of debris from collapses and drops into the basement. It's such a shame this place is in such a bad way, you can sense how amazing the interiors must have been when it was all intact 20-something years ago when it was first abandoned. I spent about 15 minutes sat in the first room watching the sun come up, one of the most peaceful moments of my whole urbex career. The hole in the ceiling has slowly grown from about two foot square a year ago to the monster it is now so this room doesn't have long left either. Despite how totally utterly ruined it is it's one of my all-time favourites. More photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157638474948614/
  24. On a crisp friday 3 men and a little lady (mysellf and members proj3ctm4yh3m, Mr Dystopia and Lowri Jen 37) boarded a ferry from Newcastle heading to Amsterdam. The start of an epic 3 days of exploring with 8 locations done and no fails We met some brilliant folk and had an absolute scream, really really enjoyed this trip, havent laughed so hard for ages. After a heavy night on the boat we arrived at Amsterdam, and proceeded with the 2 and bit hours drive to our first location Chateau Gramophone. Outside we met up with the great explorer Luc De Cock, where, after scaring the crap out of us in his black security uniform , we made our way in. Stunning building with a surreal interior, one of the most intact/untouched places I`ve had the pleasure to be in. onto processing report 2, my favourite explore ever !!!