Tuesday, February 03, 2015

WATERLOO BATTLE FIELD RENOVATION ONE YEAR LATER

February 2, 2015

In less than 200 days, Waterloo celebrates the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. The festivities will take place over five days, from 17 to 21 June 2015.

The organizers expect more than 120 000 spectators. 5,000 soldiers will participate at the reconstitution of the battle with 300 horses and 100 cannons !

As there is no much time left and I live nearly on the battle field, I went there yesterday to see how the renovation works had progressed since my last post in January 2014.



When I arrived the Lion hadn't changed its look



The Wellington café was still there



The Panorama too





as well as the posters representing the battle



A part of the battle field was behind a fence



 And then the nightmare started on the other side



Napoleon was wrapped in a plastic bag, so he couldn't see what happened



Just besides him the beautiful old houses had been demolished and a new built was under construction !



From far the remaining houses looked quite normal






but on a closer look they hadn't been renovated yet ! 



A memorial had been built under the ground



There is still a lot of work to be done







And on the top of the  memorial there was a real mess. I wonder for what these white blocks will be used.

Now I start to doubt if everything will be finished for the 17th June ! There is still so much work to be done !

Previous post about the renovation  here

14 comments:

ladyfi said...

Still so much work to be done! Nice shots.

Reader Wil said...

Very interesting, Gattina! I expect that the Dutch are also participating somehow? After all the prince of Orange fought together with the British against Napoleon.

Have a great week, Gattina.
Wil, ABCW Team.

Mary said...

It's going to be interesting to see if they get through on time!

Andrew said...

Old English expression, it will be all alright on the night. Hey, you are not Olympic Games Athens.

Andrew said...

PS The murals are great.

Phil Slade said...

It's going to be a great occasion once everywhere is ready. Poor Napoleon not being able to watch the preparations.

Phil Slade said...

It's going to be a great occasion once everywhere is ready. Poor Napoleon not being able to watch the preparations.

Fun60 said...

Let's hope it is ready on time.

Loree said...

Hm, I wonder too. It still looks like a construction site.

Gracie said...

Maybe one day I will be back to see how the place is changed since my last visit

Katrin Klink said...

Beautiful pictures and great light!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Kinda fun to watch the progress though isn't it? Well, I enjoyed the tour anyway, thanks for sharing. But poor Napolean wrapped in a plastic bag! That's just adding insult to injury!

EG CameraGirl said...

Looks like there's still much to do!

Indrani said...

Oh! Massive changes!

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