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  1. 3 locations which I thought didn't really warrant a report of their own, so I thought I'd bung em together in here... 1st up... ...Krachstrom... (or... The Window Access Of Death Empty Turbine Hall )As the name would suggest, a bit of a pisser to get into! Spent longer on access than shooting the place! Next up... An old mine, I think?? Unfortunately we were a bit late on this one and renovation work was well underway! Scaffold, tools and fencing all over the shop! And some parts freshly sealed! Still very photogenic, lots of symmetry, amazing ceiling... ...Waterschwei... And finally... ...Chateau Honore... Well, that's it for now... Thanks for lookin' in
  2. Im from Ghent, Belgium and new to urbex! went to a truly great abandoned university building recently and am so excited to do more exploring! theres a lot of great places around ghent that i want to check out, if anyone feels like joining please let me know
  3. ...Belgian Weekender Day 3... After a night spent battling mosquitos in Hotel Tapioca, Luke n me were up early and, as this was the last day, we're keen to make the most of it!! Location No1 very nearly turns into 'Fail No1'! But luckily as we scout round the place for a second time, we're in!! And what a way to start the final day!! Gonna be hard to top that one!! VERY impressive, we'll give it a try none the less... Off to No2... Off to No3, another crumbling little gem full of those bits n pieces we all love... The best of the 'maisons' that we did that one... LOVELY!! On to our last location and one which we know nothing about, Mookster bungs us this one last minute, and we're glad he does cos it turns out to be a BOSTER!! Cheers fella!!! And thats it, its all over and time to drive back to Calais to catch the boat home... Its been fantastic! Belgium has surpassed my expectations!! I WILL BE BACK SOON!!! Once again a MASSIVE thanks to Mookster, NK and anyone else who helped us out on this one!! Keep em peeled for an NKPS Belgian adventure coming sooner than you might think!! Thanks for looking!!
  4. 'Belgian Weekender' ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Day 2... 'Onwards n' Upwards!' After the first days ups n' downs, me n' Luke awoke after a surprisingly good nights sleep in my now dented car, feeling super refreshed and raring to go!! We actually overslept!! Coffee and croissants were quickly devoured and we were on our way to location No1... Great start to the day this one and brilliant to see the firetruck in person... No time to waste!! Jump in the motor and hot foot it to location No 2... Proper good this one!! With a dodgy access next to the local cop shop... Quality!! Half hour and done!! Cue more rally style driving to location No3... First 'maison' of the trip and it didn't disappoint!! LOVELY little place with plenty of bits n pieces to root through... Times getting on so we decide to check out our accommadation for the night and location No4... Everybody knows this one! DELIGHTFUL!! But its not over yet! It might be pitch dark but the Euro Fever's got us by the bollocks so it's off to location No5... Hands down the highlight of the trip for me!! AWESOME!! Day 2 done n dusted!! Again MANY thanks to everyone who helped out on this one!! And do keep em peeled for Day 3... Thanks for looking in...
  5. 'Belgian Weekender' Or 'How Not To Organise A Euro Derp Trip' ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Well, here it is... My first Belgian urbexery experience! After dreaming and talking about it for months, me n NK finally get it sorted out and book a ferry. Excitement was running high, we just couldnt wait!! At long last... Thursday morning... B-Day!! YAY!! But disaster strikes!! A call from NK comes through, family crisis and she's gotta pull out!! GUTTED!! PROPER GUTTED!! So I turn to Facebook to try and get someone to fill the space... Step forward Luke and his very understanding girlfriend, he's up for it and the trips back on!!I'm soon driving like a bat out of hell southwards, I'm running late and it's started lamping it down biblical style! Cue the sat nav on my phone to pack up and I'm lost! JESUS!! Keep driving and hope the infernal contraption starts working again, which it does and thankfully I'm not too far off the route. Meet Luke, chuck his stuff in the car and it's 'foot to the floor' towards Dover in the escalating deluge! We arrive... 10 minutes late for check in and in my impatient mood to swap to a lane with less cars, I reverse into a polish guy queing behind us... OOPS!! Another 10 minutes wasted swapping insurance details! But against all the odds, we actually make it... just! It's not long and we're rolling off the ferry, time to punch our first location into my mums sat nav, but wait... co ordinates wont work in it and thats all I've got and I cant get internet on my phone so cant access my maps! GRRRR! FUCK! BOLLOCKS! etc... It's far too early in the morning to start texting people back home, but I can just remember where our first port of call is situated, so off we go and before you know it we're hiking through a thick forest in the dead of night, our first site lies somewhere ahead, the forest dissipates and there she is... Chateau de Foret! So impressive! Especially in the dark with a thunder storm crackling away in the distance. Unfortunately, but expectedly, she's sealed VERY tightly! We dont get the cameras out as it's started raining again so head back to the car and point it in the direction of Liege, we're nearly there and we start to get some texts coming through, sorted!! On to the first location... High on my list this one was, reminded me a bit of George Barnsleys! Couldn't get into the part with all the tools and labels though... I will return!! On to location No2... A bit trashed this one is but still VERY photogenic and a crackin mooch!! As you can see by are faces, we're pretty knackered by this point! But no rest for the wicked... Location No3... An old peoples home with an old chapel, the home's pretty trashed so only a couple of shots from in there, but the chapels a boster... It's only a quick one and its still light so we head off in the direction of Chateau le Chat Noir as it sounds like that could make a pretty good doss house too, not so... Fate has different ideas and I overshoot a very vague give way sign! Prang No2!! Waste a good 30-45 minutes sorting out insurance details (again!) with a slightly narky Belgian copper.... Day 2 up soon peeps... And can I just say a massive thanks to everyone who helped out with texting us locales... You know who you are and we'd have been BUGGERED without ya!! And fair play to Luke for jumping in at the last minute...Good man!! THANKYOU!!!
  6. Finally sorting out these pics from Belgium to post on here sorted into neat little groups, all from my mega explore week back in March which proved to be a very snowy affair indeed Here is an assortment of public/leisure buildings that don't deserve their own threads from various points on the trip. Bowling Mill There is a funny story attached to this place from our trip, when we did Villa Wallfahrt before here we bumped into a trio of explorers inside, they left about 10 minutes before we headed here - and while driving past here on the way to Atelier Decor we suddenly spotted three guys standing outside waving tripods at us, it turned out to be the same group we had seen in Wallfahrt! Small world is Belgium, very small This is a dreadfully difficult place to photograph, the inside is pretty dark in most areas and there are lots of mirror panels throughout which makes light painting a bitch! More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633016412498/ Chateau l'Ecole A pair of chateaus that in later life were a first/primary school, one has already been 90% renovated and we caught this one just in time as now there is full scale work going on. Stripped inside with not much to see but was worth a look as it was close to our hotel. More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633017411498/ Theatre Jeusette This was a backup after the sudden arrival of epic snowstorms forced us to abandon our plans for HF6, we rocked up with no idea on access but got a lucky break despite the snow, an impressive theatre but a shame all the seats have been stacked up in a side room.... More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633031350369/ Henri Jaspar Institute A former boys home, a backup of backups after a series of fails. The most depressingly ruined place on the road trip, but the snow covered rooftop balcony with no safety rails was a laugh at least and it was a nice peaceful wander. More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633070737312/
  7. Much like my other thread in the Leisure section, this is a mix of Belgian industry that doesn't warrant separate threads. Atelier Decor One of the more visited Belgian locations, this is a prime example of what makes Belgium what it is amongst explorers. A great place, hilariously obvious access and a nice peaceful wander, albeit this time in the pouring rain! This place was a plasterer's workshop at some point, it's taken a battering from the elements and thieves but still worth a look. More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633007042951/ IM Cooling Tower I covered the main power station last year but missed the cooling tower due to a succession of unfortunate events, namely dropping my gear in the muddy water underneath, whacking my head on a concrete support and then ripping a huge hole in my trousers! It was worth the wait though, as the conditions made it that bit more special even though it was BLOODY FREEZING More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633055447974/ Charbonnage du Gouffre The continuous snow made some of our plans a bit stupid so we were forced into backup mode big time on one day, so we hit up a couple of the coal washeries that have been closed for decades. Only shells left but once again the conditions played into our hands as the snow made them that bit more interesting to wander round. Not a bad view as far as they go More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633059309473/ Charbonnage Forte-Taile We missed the boat on this one, what used to be a fairly interesting location with a lot of old cars dotted around the site was now no more than a couple of large empty buildings and an old excavator...my bad on total research fail! More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633063588004/ Eylenbosch Brewery I nearly totalled my lens here, knocking my fully extended tripod over and it faceplanted a stone floor...luckily no real harm done other than a small crack in the front of the lens casing! A mostly empty brewery but a few nice features. More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633059437729/ Fonderie W A huge old foundry on the outskirts of a large city, one I stumbled across by accident on another forum. At some point most of it has been prepped for demolition with windows removed, stuff piled up etc but nothing has happened. More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633070712034/
  8. Because I don't want to clog up the forums with a shedload of topics here is a big bumper pack.... Maison du Grand Georges Tapioca Farm Maison Boon - we had a very extreme encounter with the local farmer here, armed with a big stick and a wife who let the tyres down on our car. My advice, give this place a wide berth it's not worth getting killed over a derelict house. Villa Onder Ons Chateau Rochendaal Villa Albanaise Tree Mansion