For history buffs, we spent the weekend exploring two historic battlegrounds. First, we stopped at Waterloo, where Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by the Duke of Wellington from Britain and General Blücher from Prussia. Then, we headed to Bastogne, where the WWII "Battle of the Bulge" occurred.
Date(s): October 17, 2004. Album by Michael Bang. Photos by Michael Bang. 1 - 13 of 13 Total. 1465 Visits.
1 Waterloo - The Lion Hill King William I of the Netherlands ordered the construction of Lion Hill in 1820, to commemorate bravoury of his son, the prince of Orange, who was wounded on this spot during the battle. It's a 226-step climb!
2 Waterloo Battlefield This was Napoleon's right flank and center. The farmhouse in this photo is almost as it was in 1815.
3 Waterloo Battelfield This was Napoleon's center and left flank.
4 Climbing The Lion Hill Here's me going up...
5 Climbing The Lion Hill And here's Herb going up.
6 McAuliffe Square The main square in Bastogne is named after Gen McAuliffe, who was responsible for the defense of the city during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII.
7 McAuliffe Square Posing by a Sherman tank in McAuliffe Square.
8 Bastogne WWII Memorial A plaque outside a museum in town.
9 Bastogne This looks like the former walls and gate to the city, a long time ago.
10 Bastogne Liberty 1944 There were a bunch of these around town, commemorating the Battle of the Bulge.
11 Bastogne Historical Center The front of the historical center outside of town.
12 Bastogne Historical Center This is the Mardasson Monument, built in 1950, as a token of gratitude by the Belgian population for the liberation of the country by the American Army and the allies.
13 Bastogne City View A view of Bastogne from the top of the Mardasson Memorial.