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Belgium 72 hours in Belgium - July 2015 - Part 2

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After a bunch of sweaty sausages in a hot car, we drove to Château Rochendaal.

It was built in 1881 and during WWII it was occupied by German forces and became part of an airfield complete with three runways.  After the war, it was used by the Belgian Air Force, which you could still see by the stickers in some of the barracks. It was abandoned in 1996.

 

 

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Strewn around the property were a few barracks and houses, which seemed to a be part of the Air Force Base. They were all in varying states of decay, but all of them had hundreds of flies buzzing. I later learned the police still use this place to train their dogs - glad we didn’t run into them.


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After a long drive down the Belgian version of “Red Light District”, our next stop was HFB. Which was a giant metal production plant. Built around 1917 but finally shut down in 2011 when it was cheaper to import it. We ran into quite a few metal thieves, but it seemed like they didn’t even bother with us. Sadly I wasn’t able to make it into the control rooms, my boots were too slippery for the wet metal. So I decided to start walking towards our car, on my way out I noticed 5 silhouettes who were loading metal in a car, they all stopped working and started at me. Luckily nothing came of it.

 

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I asked a shady looking couple for directions to the nearest shop and apparently I must have walked the wrong way, because the next thing I see is the shady looking couple in their car asking me to get in. It didn’t sound like the brightest idea, but I find myself in the backseat of the car speeding down the roads of Liege. We find an open shop and I grab refreshments for everybody for our trip to Alla Italia.

 

Alla Italia is an old health resort, which opened in 1868 and has been abandoned for over 15 years by now. Judging by the looks, it was quite a luxurious place and must have attracted quite a few wealthy people. However, I learned that the nice “paintings” in the roof, is actually just some wallpaper. But it didn’t take away from the experience, since the whole place is gorgeous.

 

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After a speedy exit, because a passerby saw one of us in a bathtub we opted for some nice steaks right across the road.

 

After a nights sleep, we made a quick stop at the cooling tower. Which is pretty cool to photograph with a fisheye lens. I have already mentioned it in my previous post, so not gonna go into its history.

 

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Our last stop on the tour, was at Crypte L.

Which I sadly haven’t been able to dig up some history on. But it was well worth a visit.

 

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Curious George over and out!

 

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Them crypts look awesome. And them paintings/wallpaper are gorgeous. Like to know what was happening in the bathtub lol. Thanks for post loved it. Belgium is a place i may be heading to after seeing some ov this cant wait.

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Missed this one, some great pics. Always nice to look back at memories. 

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Plenty of variety in the collection and nicely shot.  Also like the sprinkling of brief anecdotes in passing! 

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