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Battle of Waterloo reenactment  Waterloo  Belgium

Battle of Waterloo reenactment

The reenactment takes place every year in Waterloo. This year it was in June and I could tell by the complexity of it all that it's a big thing in Belgium and people are really committed to portray a realistic picture of the real Battle of Waterloo.

The weather was not on our side this year, it had rained all that day but due to having a son who loves battles, we went anyway.
The camps, costumes, props are very elaborate and people really are acting in character. They have set the allies camp and Napoleon's camp with people training all day for the battle.
They were situated about 2 kilometers from the Butte du Lion, the monument commemorating the Battle of Waterloo.The monument is at the top of a hill and seeing it is included in the price. Climbing the 226 steps sounds daunting but once at the top, you are offered fabulous views.
There are some food stands offering pretty basic stuff like burgers and sausages with fries.Nothing glamorous but it is a battle field after all.

Tickets are inexpensive so a lot of people gather to see it.
Looking forward to seeing the one next year but more so the one in 2015 when they will celebrate two hundred years from the Battle. There is a website that counts down to that date and contact information for the people in charge with forming the troops. Not sure if anybody can join upon request but if this is something you might be interested in, it's worth looking into it.