18 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019
2 guests - 1 room
A must see in Belgium. It´s quite interesting watching the Waterloo fields. And to take the steps up the monument.
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. An Imperial French army under the command of Emperor Napoleon was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition, comprising an Anglo-Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington combined with a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard von Blücher. It was the culminating battle of the Waterloo Campaign and Napoleon's last. The defeat at Waterloo ended his rule as Emperor of the French, marking the end of his Hundred Days return from exile. Upon Napoleon's return to power in 1815, many states that had opposed him formed the Seventh Coalition and began to mobilise armies. Two large forces under Wellington and Blücher assembled close to the north-eastern border of France. Napoleon chose to attack in the hope of destroying them before they could join in a coordinated invasion of France with other members of the coalition. The decisive engagement of this three-day Waterloo Campaign (16–19 June 1815) occurred at the Battle of Waterloo. According to Wellington, the battle was "the nearest-run thing you ever saw in your life." Source: Wikipedia.
I remember when I was 18 or so, travelling to the top of the hill in Waterloo, ending up near a huge statue of a Lion which had been installed to thank the United Kingdom for their participation in the Napoleonic Wars! A huge and exhausting climb for us, but well the view and the experience! A great day out and it culminated in us seeing King Baudoin and the rest of Belgian Royal Family from the back seat of the coach that we returned to Brussels in that evening!
My hometown for 17 years!