After the trip to the dark side of Belgium, we continue our journey to the residential area. The first destination is the Château Grammaire.
It is a beautiful villa built in 1920, but is facing a destruction soon: a LIDL supermarket is replacing it. Inside the house, the view from the top of the stairs is very beautiful indeed.
The abandoned houses in Belgium tend to be quite empty, unlike the ones in Japan. Let us go visit the next one, suppose to have many small treasures inside, l'Atelier Décor, not every place is empty after all.
The view from outside is quite spooky. The house seemed to have grown out of the earth, with green plants all over it.
The house is simple enough, but the lobby is very special: it looks like a cave with holes overlooking the ivy leaves. There is also a strange mosaic in the middle of the floor. But the most interesting part not the house itself, but the workshop attached to it.
Painting, sculpture, almost everything you need, even things to decorate the garden. This place is a real treat to the eyes because it has beautiful colors and arranged scenes that enlightened the originally dark atmosphere!
On the way, we passed by the 'Hôtel DG, with many empty rooms and a half ruined roof, which has later became our playground. As I always say, it is quite interesting to take pictures from on top of the roof.
The next destination is one of the most famous ruins in the urbex world in Belgium, yet its location was kept secret. The current owner uses the land to play paintball regularly (our first attempt to visit was blocked by the paintball game). You'd better be careful walking around.
The ground floor gives the impression of an ersatz tour of the Versailles. However, the rooms on the other floors have much less of a character.
The castle library contains hundreds of books, most of them still properly stored. It seems like there are not many marauders in this country … in France it would have been completely emptied or smashed!
Another unusual place is the Château du Grand-Ferrand. The former restaurant menu is full of wine, and there are still many bottles,cups, tables and chairs. Everything seems well organized. Ready to serve!
To finish our tour of small castles, we visited the Château Amon-Ré. Its lobby was completely covered in Egyptian paintings. We had to light up the candles here. The owner really ensured the place being well fenced with all windows properly closed and barricaded.
Change of scenery! We are now in an insane asylum, the Salve Mate! It's a must when the night falls!
A strange atmosphere haunts this place. One might still hear the cries of its occupants from time to time.
In the middle of a room with the lighting effects from hell and a doll lying around. Were there also children patients here? Or was the doll a companion for an elderly?
Let's now leave the asylum for the refreshing air of the Belgian countryside … together with an opportunity to visit a small and quiet abandoned church: Agnus Dei.
There was definitely a big fire that put an end to this church.The entrance was completely devoured by the black smoke.
And now, that's all for Belgium! We head back in France, to enjoy the last few hours of Paris, before returning to the radiated Tokyo.
The holidays are over! From now on items will be concentrated on Japan again, then you soon 🙂
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