In June, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium. Getting there was an adventure as I had never driven onto a ferry nor driven in mainland Europe (so driving on the other side of the road!), However, I thankfully made it in one piece, and met up with my group on the ferry and then at the local supermarket in Waterloo (to pick up last minute supplies).
Waterloo display in the supermarket.
John from my group. Being a frenchman!! :)
We arrived on the Thursday and the event ended on Sunday, so it was the longest reenactment I have ever been to, and probably one of the best.
The main battle reenactments were on the Friday and Saturday, but we spent the rest of the time wondering around the area visiting friends, exploring other camps and the local museum, dancing, and even doing a spot of shopping. :)
On one day we walked up to the top of the famous Lion Mound, taking in the new Waterloo museum on the way.
Walking to the Lion Mound
From the top there were some lovely views of the surrounding countryside.
The tents of the Allied Camp can be seen in the distance.
One evening, early on in the week, the Duchess of Richmond's Ball was held in a house on the outskirts of Brussels.
The location of the ball was fabulous, and the food delicious, but sadly the ballroom was not large enough, so one was not able to dance as often as one wished! :(
However, all in all it was a good night, and halfway through the evening a military band came from the Allied Camp (well actually Canada!), and entertained us with some military tunes. They were a very talented bunch.
Part 2 to follow. :)