The road away from home, Doel, Belgium

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    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"

    la femme nica, Itinerant Wanderer, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Jan Hoogendoorn 73 months ago | reply

      We had a nice day, with a sad undertone to it. Indeed a very strange sensation to walk into those homes while others are still full of life.

    2. dutchmetal 73 months ago | reply

      Yeah and also that the people that are still left still try to fight to maintain their village, while as a neutral third party walking around here it kindda gives you the feeling "this battle is already lost"

    3. Siesja 73 months ago | reply

      mooi te zien zo!

    4. Akbar Simonse 73 months ago | reply

      Goede keuze voorr mijn favorite muziek!
      Het ziet er op een zonnige dag al niet echt vrolijk uit laat staan op een koude natte herfstdag.

    5. Vinylone - NO trades 73 months ago | reply

      schitterend! wat een plek!

    6. BJW-58 [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

      Excellent Shot!!
      You have been awarded the Yellow Rose of Excellence!
      Structures of the South

    7. BJW-58 [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

      Great Shot
      For the Roads we travel.
       Country Road II
      Southern Roads

    8. Jan Hoogendoorn 73 months ago | reply

      This is an amazing picture!
      Please, add it to

    9. ~jeannie~ 73 months ago | reply

      Lovely picture and brilliant song!
      Great Shot
      For the Roads we travel.
       Country Road II
      Southern Roads

    10. Charlotte Keys 73 months ago | reply

      What a strange story. It makes me sad to think of these perfectly good houses standing empty.

    11. JustaBrat 69 months ago | reply

      Excellent perspective, and the story is very good too.

      Delicious Decay!

      Thanks for posting to, ”I Love Abandonment”

    12. dbro1206 69 months ago | reply

      Would be an interesting place to explore.

      Delicious Decay!

      Thanks for posting to, ”I Love Abandonment”

    13. ℙαґḯṧḯ℮ηηε 69 months ago | reply

      Really interesting.

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