People are all happy ! Since a few days we have nice and sunny spring weather ideal for a walk.
That's what we did and went to one of the parts where once British soldiers have fought in the Waterloo battle.
We made a stop in an old farm which had been transformed into a beautiful restaurant. The kitchen was in the same room as the guests so that you could watch the cooking. We only had a drink there, before we crossed the main street and visited the farm of Hougoumont.
Before the Waterloo battle in 1815 it had looked like this.
After the battle and a fire and over 30 years of neglect the entrance now looks like this ! In view of the 200th anniversary of the battle, finally renovations started !
The Chateau d'Hougoumont was large farmhouse. Here the British and other allied forces faced Napoleon's Army at the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815.
Very attached to the building, which is of great historical value because it was a turning point in the battle, the British were involved in renovation costs, paying out a million pounds (1.2 million euros). The farm will then be a permanent memorial tribute to fallen British soldiers during the battle.
It was also the place Victor Hugo described in Les Misérables
It was not allowed to visit the site, but I insisted, pretending that I did a reportage for a British magazine ! After the promise to be careful I was allowed to go inside. There is still a lot to do if they want to finish in June 2014 !
were these memorial plaques.
I certainly will go back there in a couple of month to see how far they are with the renovation.