Chateau de la Police.
Before heading to the Villa Albanaise we decided to check out the Chateau du Foret. We parked the car in a village 2km away and walked there. After criss-crossing the forest for 10 minutes we arrived at the back of the chateau. Built in 1860 in the Neo-Tudor style, and formerly owned by a Belgian Royal, it has been empty for over 10 years, while the heirs battle it out in the courts. We took a few shots, then, as we headed round to the front entrance we heard voices. We peeked over the bushes. Two cops were standing there. Did they know we were coming? Back into the undergrowth quick, I leapt over the most evil smelling ditch of stagnant water and plowed face first into a pool of nettles. As we approached the road we spotted a police car slowly circling the perimeter. We ducked, waited. Then jumped over the fence to safety.
Or so we thought. It turned out the cops had parked up ahead, scouring the forest. We innocently walked past them. But they decided to follow us. Two non-French speakers with cameras in the middle of nowhere, the excuses just weren’t good enough. They searched us, the car and checked the passports. In the end, they let us go. Apparently there had been a burglary that night. Who knows!
A large Albanian family lived here for 30 years. In 2007 they moved out and put the Villa on the market. It is still on sale, but the asking price is too high, so no buyers have come forward.
They had many children.
After the squatters left the pigeons arrived, now they too are moving on....
Villa Wallfahrt - House of a Pious Family
Built in 1897 by a local priest on the outskirts of a Flemish hamlet. The previous inhabitant was taken to hospital where he died, and the Villa has now been empty for many years. The owner’s son doesn't want to sell the house because of a divorce. When we arrived the front door was wide open.
The Villa’s Chapel.
Celebrating 50 years of marriage between Miel and Bertha.
Old X-Ray’s, upside down broken leg.
Genever was the favourite tipple.