Friday, 11 September 2015

Finally facing my Waterloo - Waterloo visit 5

The next stop of the day was at the Emperor's final HQ.  Again the tickets bought at Waterloo covered entry to this splendid little museum.  Not many photos due to the rather cramped nature of the rooms but very atmospheric.  In some respects the best location of the day.
Plinth mounted eagles outside the museum.
Then it was off to Plancenoit.  We stopped to admire the very imposing Prussian memorial, complete with flag.
It's quite impressive...
...and somehow very German!
Looking NE across the fields.

After that we had a quick stop at the local Carrefour supermarket to stock up on essentials (wine, beer, chocolate...) and then off back to Calais.  By now we realised we were running a bit late and it would be touch and go as regards catching the ferry we had booked so my right foot was a little closer to the floor then earlier.  All was well until 30 miles short of Calais the weather closed in - the rain varying between heavy and torrential.  As a result we (just) missed our boat and had to wait a hour for the next sailing.  Back in Blighty the precipitation continued most of the way across the dark and busy roads of Kent but we arrived back safely in London at half past midnight.

10 comments:

Jim Duncan said...

Many migrants sneak into your car boot?

Rodger said...

What a wonderful trip Tim!

Springinsfeld said...

Great tour of the battlefield. I can feel a Waterloo project brewing in 1/32.

Tim Gow said...

Jim Duncan
No chance - it was full of wine!

Tim Gow said...

Rodger
It was. I'm going back next year!

Tim Gow said...

Springinsfeld
I will be meeting with my 1/32 Waterloo tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.

Pete. said...

Very nice- enjoyed all the installments Tim.

Cheers,

Pete.

Col said...

Great series of posts Tim. Living down under, we don't get the opportunity so easily to visit these historical battlefields. It's been very interesting. Bit disappointed no none made a cheesy comment about ABBA.....oh hang on, I just did!
Cheers
Col

Tim Gow said...

Pete
Glad you enjoyed them - it was a great day.

Tim Gow said...

Col
I feel a certain responsibility to provide some old world culture to you chaps on the frontiers. Doing it as a day trip from London was certainly interesting, and even including the overnights and my travel time to and from Yorkshire it still took less then 48 hours!