WATERLOO | Belgium

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

After our pitstop in Compiegne where I learned a bit about World War II history, we had an impromptu stopover at Waterloo, the site of Napoleon’s last stand. It turned out to be in Belgium and was along the way back from my workweek in Paris returning to Amsterdam. It was a quick destination right off the highway and when we got there proved to be not much more than an open field with a man made hill dominating the horizon. The €34 cost to give the two of us access to the hill was the deal breaker, though surely not much was missed given the flat landscape. It’s interesting to me that an event dating back to the early 1800s is still given so much focus in this continent, especially for younger people, in contrast with the lack of attention given to more recent history such as Martial Law in the Philippines, which happened a mere 40 or so years ago. We are no doubt doomed to repeat history if we fail to remember it.


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