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Report - Road Trip, Belgium: ECVB, Les Soeurs De Dieu, Château Miranda, Dadipark (August 2011)

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    I'm a lazy basterd recently, and i will follow JST's good example of packing several explores into one bag :)

    After hearing from Existential Nihilist and Keïteï that they are planning a trip to Belgium and have a free space in car i simply couldn't refuse :) Belgium was full of crazy places, people and roads.. i loved it :thumb We managed to visit four locations with no major problems on the way. Altogether it was a superb trip with some great people.

    all locations visited with: Keïteï, Existential Nihilist and sx-riffraff.


    ECVB Power Plant
    It was a first stop on our journey, least to say it was massive, and we had to adjust our plan of doing two locations a day, to do only this one and nothing else, still we had to rush on the way out :eek:

    history: The roots of the power station ECVB goes back to 1913. The power station was the basis of industrialisation for the channelzone for the channel from Ghent to Terneuzen. The power plant ceased operation, in the end of the '90.

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    Les Soeurs De Dieu Monastery
    Second stop in our trip, early morning, had to do some advanced gymnastics to get in but it was well worth it, very quiet and well preserved place.

    history: The chapel was build in 1910 and designed by architect Billmeyer. In 1999 the city decided the chapel could be demolished, the ground was given to the catholic school next to the monastery.

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    Château De Noisy (Miranda)
    Third stop, had some problems with finding it, and then had a nice 20 minute walk through the forest, props to sx-riffraff for having GPS, otherwise it could have been less pleasant ;) Place is getting trashed, and became a major tourist attraction, met about 20 people inside, security is obviously not doing their job properly..

    history: During the French Revolution, the family of the Count of Liedekerke-Beaufort left the feudal castle Château de Vêves and lived at a nearby farm. After the Revolution, this opulent residence was built as a summer home for the family in 1866 by the English architect Milner. The Château de Mirinda, as it was called then, was owned and used by the family except when it was briefly occupied by the Nazis in World War II. In 1958, it was used by the SNCB (a Belgian national rail company) as a home for the railwaymen's children and became Château de Noisy. It was abandoned in 1991 and has been falling into ruins.

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    Dadipark
    Last highlight of the trip and kind of backup as well, as it was located on the way back to UK. I think everyone were expecting a little bit more from this location, lots of trees making good if any decent shots impossible (must be a bit better during the winter), and plenty of people still using the park in their own manner: skates, cyclists, metal thieves, thrill-seekers and obviously urban explorers :) It was still fun, and going down the big blue and yellow slide is highly recommended! :thumb

    history: This amusement park began as a large playground in the center of a town called Dadizele, where it grew to become the first private amusement park in Belgium in October 1949 by the efforts of the diocese of West-Vlaanderen. The park had welcomed over one million visitors during its peak year of operation. It changed hands in the 1980s, and was run by local retailers. In 2002, a boy lost his arm while riding "The Nautic Jet," a once popular attraction at Dadipark.

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    Thanks for watching. ​
     

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