Amazingly, abandoned homes are still bursting with life

The type of abandoned homes you generally only encounter when your GPS takes you in the wrong direction. Unless your author Ransom Riggs is trying to track them down.

According to the San Francisco Globe, Riggs intended to “discover the kind of houses that were detailed in the pages of his [current] book” in order to write the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children sequel. But what he discovered turned out to be a little less horrific.

The Globe reports that when he entered these abandoned homes, he found something unexpected. Some of these houses had been abandoned for years yet had never been touched. It would appear as though they were still inhabited if not for the heavy layer of dust covering everything.

The houses have a lot of character even though they aren’t really livable. Riggs contacted photographer Martino Zegwaard as a result. Ransom got in touch with me after discovering a photo of me that, in his words, “perfectly captures Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” Zegwaard told HuffPost Home. Zegwaard and Riggs left from there and began a four-day road adventure across Belgium and Luxembourg. Take a peek at what they found below.

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Zegwaard describes this house, Maison Souza, saying, “I still feel enraged when I remember back to the time I stepped into this lovely old mansion.” “Everything was absolutely ruined and broken to pieces, with the exception of one room.”

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An intimate look into Maison Souza.

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Zegwaard describes this deserted location in Italy as “a little church with the monastery in the heart of a small settlement.”

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Somewhere in Italy, we broke into an old, deserted convent, claims Zegwaard. The two horse-drawn hearses in the inner courtyard, which was completely overgrown, were from the late 1800s.

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the remains of a former chapel.

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Zegwaard remarks of the Mansion of Vanneste, “Hard to comprehend that people are living on either side of this house.” “If this is how it appears to your neighbors, it can’t be healthy.”

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A second look at the House of Vanneste’s interior.

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“A tiny mill that is concealed amid Luxembourgian woodlands. A fantastic location, with lovely deterioration and a ton of items left behind by the owner(s), “says Zegwaard.

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Zegwaard said, “The gardens of the neighboring homes surround this little castle.”

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And this is how it seems from the outside.