Maison Radio is a rather unimpressive semi-detached house when viewed from the road, just a slightly tattered looking house on a very normal looking Belgium street. Inside the house is a bounty of personal belongings, set against brightly coloured 1970s wallpaper and decor. This was clearly the house of an avid radio collector,. Every room has several radios, there is even a stack on the first floor landing. One small side room is packed full of radios, all neatly but compactly arranged on shelves. Every type of radio appears in some form including a rather beautiful jukebox.
Dresses hang still in protective plastic inside wardrobes. Crockery stands neatly stacked inside glass-fronted cupboards. Personal photographs decorate the walls, including faded black and white wedding photos. A pair of vivid blue heeled shoes sit in a dark corner of the room. Maison Radio is a time capsule and treasure trove of details both large and small. A wheelchair stands at the dining room table, thick with dust and ceased from years of disuse. A set of dentures (false teeth) lay on a table next to some thick-lens glasses. A large Jesus statue stands near the fireplace, a common site in these decaying Belgium houses. The hands on this type of statue are removable and were missing, but were soon reunited with the bust after a few minutes playing a bizarre variation on hide-and-seek.
On the same day we visited Manoir du General P, another well-preserved house with many interesting belongings and photographs.
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