The road away from home, Doel, Belgium

This road should look familiar to all people that have left the ghost town of Doel in Belgium (situated inside of the Antwerpen harbour)


Back in the early 20th century Doel used to have 2200 inhabitants. This amount has been slowly brought back untill back in 1960 there were around 1400 people. The harbour of Antwerpen grew bigger and plans were made to completly remove the village of Doel from map and expand the harbour of Antwerpen righ upon it.


The goverment started buying the houses that people left and more and more people left Doel. But nothing really happend, the houses became empty and slowly Doel turned into a ghost town. In 2000 there were a mere 810 people left, in 2007 this amount was already down to 359 and I think in 2008 more people will leave turning Doel into nothingness...


Very weird and very surreal to walk around in this village, 75% of the houses are empty and 9 out of 10 doors are open and you can basicly walk into someones life! Clothes, toys, food so many things are left, I've been wondering that day if I was really seeing this or dreaming it, it doesn't fit in a country of Western Europe...


This is the road out of Doel, over the years lots of people have taken this road never to come back, leaving behind their former house and life and village


Farewell Doel



To bad you can't add music to your photo cause there is one song that keeps coming up in my mind..


" We gotta get out of this place

If it's the last thing we ever do

We gotta get out of this place

Girl, there's a better life for me and you

Somewhere baby, somehow I know it"

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Taken on April 27, 2008