Road Trip ~ October 2017~ Day 3~ Waterloo~ part 2

Part 1 HERE

We emerged from the underground museum to a gorgeous sunny day, so went and had coffee sitting outside of the cafe. The lion’s mound loomed above us, and a couple of times we looked at the (225!!) steps and contemplated getting to the top and decided against it!

(crapola picture here as my exposure was all wrong but I didn’t get a better one 🙄 )

But in the end I just HAD to give it a go, knowing the view would be stupendous.  Phil groaned as he knew he’d have to come with me, but we were heartened by the fact that older people than us had done it :D. We stopped a few times on the way up to prevent death, but finally got to the top!

There was a battle plan on a plinth that showed you what you were looking at

but I couldn’t really get the hang of it, and it didn’t matter to me anyway, the views WERE stupendous!

 

Then we went back down and walked down the road you can see in that shot ^ to some monuments.

LtCol Sir Alexander Gordon was aide de camp to the duke of Wellington and was  mortally wounded at his side, near the square of the 2/30th Foot at the moment of the attack of the Middle Guard. A cannon ball took away his leg. Sergeant-Major Wood of the 30th Foot transported him, probably first to the Mont-Saint-Jean farm, for some first help, and after that, to the Bodenghien inn at Waterloo, Wellington’s HQ (now Wellington Museum), where he died at 3h30 in the morning of 19 June, after the amputation of his leg. This his monument and one of the oldest on the site, built in July 1817 by Gordon’s family.

We strolled back up for dinner at the cafe, more spaghetti bolognese 🙂 and after I took a couple of shots around the place

and to finish the day nicely we saw a gorgeous sunset.

Waterloo is a fab place to visit, the town is quaint and the battle site, museums and monuments of which there are more than I’ve seen or shown, well worth a visit. I think the underground museum at Lion’s mound is my best ever museum. And I’ve seen a lot!

Full set of pictures HERE

Next time we’ll be moving on to Bastogne, so stay tooned!

 

 

39 Comments

  1. Hmm, I have recollections of climbing that mound a couple of decades ago….but I think there is more to see at the site now.

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    1. Yes so it would seem as Pete has said the same.

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    These pics are fantastic! And that view!😊

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    1. It was awesome! Thanks Kim. Xx

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  3. Wow!Well done on the climb but yes it had to be done…looks like a great place to visit, have to put it on the list.

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    1. 🙂 I have a list too, don’t think I’ll get through it all but am going to try!

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  4. They don’t even pretend that there aren’t a lot of stairs by doing them in landings or winding them round the hill. The views are wonderful.

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    1. Thanks April, hubby thinks a lift would be better! 😊

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  5. I recall the walk up those steps being worse than it looked, but worth the climb. When I did it, the weather was dull and uninspiring. At least you had a glorious day, and the pictures turned out beautifully too. The mound against the sunset at the end is first class indeed.
    Looking forward to Bastogne, as I haven’t visited the Ardennes battle sites.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. We were so lucky with the weather all week. Cheers Pete.

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  6. Timothy Price

    Nice climb. Great view. Wonderful selfie of you two.

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  7. My one and only English student was there for the 2015 re-enactment, which by all accounts was a one of the biggest as the bicentenary year, he showed me a few videos of what seemed to be organised chaos. In comparison you have brought peace and tranquillity to the area, much better.

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    1. Thanks Eddy, it was hard to imagine a battle going on there, so I suppose his video’s were more indicative of the situation, but I prefer the peace 🙂

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  8. Amazing photos, captured in gorgeous light. Some of the photos almost feel like they were captured flying or with a drone.

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    1. Thanks Otto, it was very high up!

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  9. I love these photos Fraggle! 😁Awesome job!!!! But one thing, just looking at those stairs makes me exhausted!😰

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    1. Me too! But glad I did it!

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      1. That’s awesome! You go girl!😉

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  10. How nice to see what you look like! You and Phil did have splendid shots. I love the colors of fall in the fields creating that unique quilt. Those steps! My heaven’s those looked forbodoing.

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    1. Cheers Cindy, Phil especially didn’t fancy those steps, but was glad he did in the end!

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  11. I’m glad you went to the top – the view is incredible!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, 🙂

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  12. Stupendous! Thanks for making your way up there for us AND for not dying.

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  13. That’s a lot of steps!

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    1. A sense of achievement to get to the top!

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      1. I can imagine. Well done!

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  14. Now that’s a flight of steps (and it out does Whitby Abbey by 16)! Also, I love the purple haze in that shot.

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    1. Haha thanks Stevie, that shot was a right mess, barely salvaged it!

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  15. Fraggle, this is a fascinating post. And I liked all the photos. Horsefeathers! All those stairs… Nope… I wouldn’t have tried, not even if there was a 90 year old with a walker going up them to shame me. o_O Have a thriving Thursday!

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    1. Haha cheers Teagan 🙂

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  16. Lovely post and well done that you both made it to the top, FR! Very rewarding looking at the beautiful images you captured. And such a fine selfie!

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    1. Haha thanks Dina, it’s rare to get a photo of hubby and I, so have to do the selfie thing!

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  17. Lovely photos. I love the first one especially. The purple tint is lovely.

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  18. Interesting to see the site of the actual battlefield.

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    1. Yes, but hard to imagine on a sunny tranquil day.

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