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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Spring Trip 2017 - Plancenoit & Waterloo Museum

19th June. Morning only in the vicinity of the battle. First stop, the village of Plancenoit where the Prussians launched a major offensive against the French right wing.

Open, undulating country

The Prussian Memorial in the village of Plancenoit

A quick stop close to La Belle Alliance, looking towards the Lion Mound.

Most of the morning was scheduled for visits to the museums . These are the Lion Mound, the Memorial which is a newly built museum and visitor centre and the Panorama.

The Lion Mound

The Panorama with the visitors' centre on the left

The entrance to the visitors' centre

Wow- a great museum and visitors' centre, recently built and opened. It is underground so it does not interfere with the battlefield - if only the Dutch had the same appreciation before building the Lion Mound.

Inside, my camera skills were not able to capture many images.

A terrific collection of uniforms

Also, there is a very good 4D film about the battle.

The Panorama was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle and it shows its age, but it is interesting. It is a large 360degree painting of the battle during the French cavalry attacks.

After this came lunch and then back to Brussels for our last visit. the Evere Cemetery, to see the British Waterloo Campaign Memorial. Unveiled on 26th August 1890, it lists all of the British regiments that fought during the Waterloo campaign. Underneath is a crypt that contains 17 bodies, 16 of them are officers whose bodies were transferred from the battlefield. The 17th was a  NCO, Sergeant Major Edward Cotton, 7th Hussars, who became a tour guide for the tourists visiting the battlefield.

This is a memorial to the Belgian citizens who died fighting for their freedom in 1830.

The coach then took us back to the Eurostar Terminal in Brussels. That was the end of the tour.

A very good tour, put together by The Cultural Experience. A little expensive but very well done, good quality accommodation and meals, two great guides, highly recommended.

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