This small house was the first place we went to on a long weekend trip around Belgium and France. After we managed to set up the GPS coordinates properly and figuring how to get out of the airport with the rental car we were on our way.
We found the small village easily and the house as well. We parked the car on the backside next to the neighbor’s house. An old man was peaking at us from his green garden. First task was to find an entrance and of course we did all the classic faults like climbing over a razor fence when there was no fence one meter to the side… Unsuccessful attempt to climb over a garden shed to reach an open second floor window… Made a hell of a lot of noise when treading on some metal plates that made the neighbors dog start barking… We almost gave up until I just for fun checked the front door which happened to be open. So after much hassle we were inside the dark house.
What struck me the most was the amount of religious items, icons, pictures and crosses everywhere. Some really religious people must have lived here once. First floor was very dark but with long exposure and a bit of flashlight the room came to live. Lots of nice furniture, cutlery and crockery.
The hallway was full of letters and mail all over the floor. No one has been here for a long time. Second floor had bedrooms and Jesus figures all over.
After some hours we went out in the sunshine and the old man looked at us once more before continuing his garden work.