Day 17 Waterloo

Bubba is on day 17 of his quest to go somewhere east.  Heading back from the Ypres area toward Brussels, we passed near the battlefield at Waterloo.

On June 18, 1815 The forces of France led by Napoleon Bonaparte met the European forces aligned against him led by Wellington and Blucher near the hamlet of Waterloo in Belgium.  We could not pass this area by without a stop.

            Battlefields generally look like an empty field and you have to use your imagination to reconstruct things.  Waterloo is a little different.  In spite of being 200 years ago, there are still some relics and, over the centuries, new sites have been laid out.  A little Bubba sized person like me has problems seeing such a vast area but I’m told there is a platform where I can get a better overall view.  It was easy to find, up by the big lion.

Waaaay Up

How do I get up there? Oh look, a staircase. Just a few steps to go.

But once you get to the top, you get a great overall view of the area with a chart showing the battlefield highlights.

The mound was put in about ten years after the battle, so things were still pretty fresh. Left on the site are a farm that figured prominently, another farmhouse where Napoleon spent the night prior to the battle. There is also a Panorama housed in a round building put in about 100 years ago and a great museum. They chose to build the museum mostly underground so as to not interfere with the views.

                We stopped off at the museum and there was the man himself. Kicked back in a chair checking the polish on his boots.

          I like the cut of those uniforms. The beats my shirt any day and they get some pretty cool hats instead of this peg thing on my head.

Hey guys!! Do you have a place for me? I’m looking for a laid back position, with maybe some built in nap time.

             It must be time to leave now. I’ll go look at the farmhouse where the Emperor spent the night prior to the big battle.
His bed and desk are still there.

He must have left in a hurry. He didn’t make the bed. One more stop to pay homage at the spot that was the last stand on Napoleon’s Old Guard.

Back to Brussels for a brief stop before boarding a plane and heading east again.
Travel tip: The world is so rich in history. With a little research, you can find some bit of history, a notable place, a tiny museum, near to anywhere you happen to be standing. Give yourself some time to hunt out these places so you can visit and enhance your trip that much more.

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Bubba’s Portrait

     Bubba has been increasingly obsessed with finding the little person he first saw in a garden in Paris who he refers to as “The Girl”. While we were preparing for another trip, Bubba just roamed around looking for the girl. Bubba came up with an idea and I’ll let him explain it to you.


     I had to do something to find “The Girl”. I think she is out there somewhere. I even feel she must be looking for me. I suddenly got a flash of inspiration. During my travels, I saw how people get their faces out there so they could become well known. We saw this guy in Nice, France. He had his picture painted and became Emperor of France.

     This guy in Florence, Italy, stuck himself up on a horse in the square and before you knew it, he owned the place.

     I decided to find the best artist in the world to paint my portrait.  I searched high and low and interviewed dozens of candidates.  Then I found the greatest painter that exists today . . . Millie.

     I sat in the chair and she started right away painting my portrait.

     She wouldn’t let me look at the painting but she had a look of total concentration.

     She sketched out the basics.

     Then she picked me up so she could fill in the details.

     When she showed me the finished portrait, I fell over in my chair I was so impressed.

     The portrait now sits for all to see.

     When I told her why I was getting the painting done, she grew interested and asked me to describe “The Girl”.  She is about one and three quarters of an inch tall, brown hair, black eyes, and smooth yellow skin.  Her measurements are 2-1/2, 2-5/8, 2-5/8.  Millie said she sounded familiar and that she remembered “The Girl” because her name was Millie too.

     Is The Girl’s name really Millie?

        Millie Velasco is truly a talented artist.  We asked her to pretend to draw Bubba’s picture and she jumped right into the spirit of things, completing the portrait.

        She has produced some very impressive works, some of them using wine as a pigment.  Her work can be seen at SmugMugz.com