October 19th, 2014 - Morning
Time for another urbex trip! But this time, we stayed in our old, dear Belgium! ;)
Of to Chateau Hogemeyer!
After less than an one hour drive, we arrived in the street of the chateu. We had to drive by a few times to see for a spot to park the car because there waren't any parking spots and we didn't want to park too nearby to avoid beeing seen by anyone. But we didn't get to walk too far back... ;)
Back at the chateau, we immediately see the gate with the no trespassing text on it, but hey, we're urbexers, and we ignore such texts, right? ;)
Passing the gate to enter, wasn't hard at all, there's plenty of space to enter so that was a piece of cake., and entering the chateau itself was as easy as wel.
Inside, we were stunned by the amount of decay. Broken windows, some pieces of floor that weren't there anymore, collapsed ceilings, ... We had to be really careful in here.
We managed to take some shots of the hallway, the stairs, the ornaments above the doors in the hallway and ofcourse, the chapel. I also found myself some pretty windows and a beautiful couch, so I was happy! ;)
Back outside, we looked around at the property, shooting the camper and the cars and trucks out there before we went into one of the barns. Inside the barn, we found a wooden carriage we just had to photograph.
We took a look into the garage, took some pictures of the cars and the equipment inside and went back to the front of the chateau for some last exterior shots. When we were photogrzaphing in front of the building, a guy with a camera passed the gate and asked us if we were the owners, because he was interested in the building. He was the only living soul we bumped into out there... ;)
After a brief conversation, we took of. Time for our second location! ;)
Check the Chateau Hogemeyer gallery HERE.
October 19th - During the day
After visiting Chateau Hogemeyer, we drove to Salve Mater. We all know some of the buildings are already renovated, but at the time, there still were some abandoned buildings left too.
Getting there wasn't hard at all, there were signs everywhere! ;) Getting in wasn't hard either. The buildings are surrounded by a (public?) park and you can walk straight in it. This was probably the easiest urbex location to find ever, so it was a very good one to start of an urbex career. I don't know if there's anything left by now (after all, our visit was months ago and when I'm typing this, it's june 2015 already) but if there is, you better hurry up! ;)
We ignored the already renovated buildings, obviousely, and we didn't bump into the photographer living in one of the abandoned buildings, so I guess we were lucky that day... ;)
We started our walk in the park, watching the buildings, untill some guy walked up to us and told us there was a way to enter one of the buildings. He was going in himself, so we went along and followed him. Inside, we immediately spotted some other urbexers, so we weren't the only ones... ;)
At first, there was't much to see. actually. Just a bunch of empty rooms (or, if we were lucky, a room with one bed in it... ;) ), a bunch of hallways and doors (some of the doors were pretty though) and once and a while, an abandoned chair in the hallway, but the further we went, the better it got!
We managed to shoot the freaky shower with the rubber boots, the bleeding bathtub and the grafitti man, amongst other things, and I was very pleased with that.
Unfortunately, when we wanted to enter the church, a girl, living in the pastors house, walked across us, asking what we were doing and telling us we weren't allowed to go inside the buildings. Luckily she didn't catched us entering or leaving one of the buildings! ;) Well, I guess our luck was gone by then! ;)
When the girl walked away, we took a fast "through the window" picture of the table inside the morgue, and after that, we also took of.
Check the Salve Mater gallery HERE.
Untill my next footprints! ;)