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!

 

 

Road Trip ~ October 2017~ Day 3~ Waterloo~ part 1

For our 3rd day we travelled back in time from WW2 and into 1815 and the battle of Waterloo. I am sure everyone knows this story so suffice to say the Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: a British-led Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von BlĂĽcher, Prince of Wahlstatt.

Our first stop was the Wellington Museum which is in the town of Waterloo itself. This former Brabant Inn is where the Duke of Wellington set up his headquarters. He lodged there on 17 and 18 June 1815. On the evening of the battle, he drafted his victory report on his campaign table. The text of this report was published in “The Times” in Britain on 22 June. It is because of this report that the battle is now known as the Battle of Waterloo.

The museum itself was OK, lots of artefacts on display, but I found it all a bit dry to be honest.  Also it was a beautiful sunny day, so I probably wasn’t in the mood for being indoors! The courtyard outside had a gorgeous Ivy turning red in autumnal glory.

We had a wander through the town on our way back to the car,

opposite the museum is St.Joseph’s church, which has a very large number of memorials within, but we didn’t have time to go in really.

there are statues all along the sidewalks, but I can’t find what they’re all about

so we went and had our lunch sitting in the park

before we headed off to see the Lions mound which overlooks the battlefield.  Another museum but this one was really well done. The best bit was a 4D movie, we had to wear special glasses and the 3D effect was very good, you felt like you were in the middle of the battle! (the 4 D bit was because the room shook whenever there was thundering hooves or explosions!).

The displays were well thought out, with the main generals being shown as chess pieces

and the head honcho overlooking them

The army uniforms were on life size mannequins

I liked this idea!

there were also more sobering displays, like these soldiers skulls found on the battlefield

moving pictures were cool, hadn’t seen this idea before (click the arrow in the middle of the picture)

In part two we’ll be going atop the lion’s mound, and seeing the outer area and monuments, so stay tooned!