Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Virtual Tour of Waterloo



When I was a little girl, my father decided to take us to Waterloo. It was a dreary day and the only memory I have of the place is that it was raining and I didn't want to be there.
How I wish I had better understood where I was!
Now that I no longer live in Belgium, I can't just decide to go to Waterloo like my father had done. BUT... modern technology is making miracles happen.
If you have had the same wish to visit Waterloo but just can't make the trip right now... Here is the next best thing.
http://www.waterloo1815.be/en/waterloo/
The site gives you a choice between Dutch, English and French. Just click on the little flag in the upper right corner.

The only glitch I have found is in the Videos section. I could not get any to pull up in the English version of the site. So if that happens to you to, just click on the French or Dutch flag and the choice between a tour of the Battle Field or a video of the 2008 reenactement show up.
The pictures are wonderful. I was impressed with the number of actors participating in this event.

I didn't realize there was a wax museum there as well.
It seems that things have really grown since I was there with my father.

If you had ancestors who lived through that period, I have no doubt you will want to take a look.

You might also want to check out this site:
http://www.fusiliers.net/wargaming20.htm

There is also a blog dedicated to the Battle of Waterloo reenactment: http://napoleon.thepodcastnetwork.com/2007/06/19/1815-battle-of-waterloo-reenactment-draws-thousands/

Watch another video at http://www.battlesceneproductions.net/apps/videos/videos/view/1744367-waterloo-re-enactment-battle-2008

By the way... did you know there were Belgians in both armies?

Here is the monument dedicated to the Belgians who fell.

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