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    • Day 178


      July 4, 2023 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Waterloo, Brabant wallon, Belgien

      Dienstag stand ganz im Zeichen von Napoleon. Wir starteten in Waterloo, wo ich das Wellington Museum besuchte. Ein kleines Museum über die Schlacht von Waterloo mit einigen tollen Videos und Geschichten über den Verlauf. Danach wollte ich natürlich auch noch das Schlachtfeld selbst sehen und so gingen wir weiter zum Butte du Lion. Da der Eintritt recht teuer war, verzichtete ich auf einen Besuch des Museums und lief stattdessen zur Farm Hougoumont, wo eine entscheidende "Schlacht innerhalb der Schlacht" stattfand.

      Anschliessend besuchten wir noch das Fitnessstudio und machten uns dann auf den Weg nach Dinant.
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    • Day 15


      April 9 in Belgium ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

      Så ikke særligt meget, de forlangte 24 euro i entre og det ville jeg da ikke give. Hvis man gik derop var der sikkert en fin udsigt og nok også plancher som ville oplyse om hvad hvor etc.

    • Day 18

      Waterloo - the Bicentenary

      June 21, 2015 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. So, infamously, begins Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, his novel about the French Revolution. it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.

      The epoch of belief began on the 14th of July 1789 when an amalgamation of peasants and a Parisian militia stormed the Bastille. It came to an incredulous end, 26 years later, when Napoleon was defeated on the fields of Waterloo on the 18th june 1815.

      For 26 years, France was in flux: from Robespierre and the Jacobins, to the Reign of Terror; from Napoleon and his Consulate, to Louis XVIII and the reinstatement of Feudalism. Before Waterloo, Napoleon had been defeated once before by the Red Army in Moscow (ah, War and Peace, the best novel of all time) and sent to exile on the Mediterranean island of Elbe. But he had returned and it would be Waterloo which would be his final defeat, the epoch ending battle.

      After Waterloo, Louis XVIII (who had been living in exile in Prussia and the UK) retook his throne and the Ancien Regime was restored. The Congress of Vienna returned Europe to its pre-Napoleonic, pre-revolutionary order of authority, aristocracy and monarchy. The establishment was reestablished.

      The French Revolution gave way to the Industrial Revolution, and -- for almost exactly a century -- Europe was nearly at peace (Bismarck's Prussia took bits of France). Industrialisation forced European powers to search for global markets, and the rush in to empire and colonisation took precedence over the balance of power on the continent.

      This weekend is the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, but are we any further to answering Dickens’ questions? Was it the spring of hope, or the winter of despair? Did they have everything before them, or nothing before them? Were they all going direct to Heaven, or direct the other way? What has Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo meant for today’s Europe?

      For France, the main legacy of the Napoleonic era has been a huge demographic problem. Geographically, France is by far the largest country in Europe, and for centuries this was reflected in its population. At no point before the 19th century did the UK (or England) have a population anything close to France’s; since the 19th century, they’ve been about the same. 200 years later, though, there are signs that France is finally recovering: the vast majority of all non-immigration population growth in Europe (all of it in 2006!) has been French.

      For the UK, the defeat of Napoleon meant the premature death (the still brith) of liberalism, socialism and secularism. Fighting against Napoleon's Grande Armée were a coalition of forces from the Netherlands, Hanover, Prussia, Nassau, Brunswick and the United Kingdom (including many corps from Ireland and Scotland) so it’s complete nonsense to say that the battle was won on the playing-fields of Eton, as is often claimed. If not a victory by the Eton, though, it was certainly a victory for Eton. 200 years laters, the UK is still ran by (and for) Etonians. I don’t know why anyone puts up with it. Come back Boney.
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    • Day 19

      Memorial 1815, Waterloo ja Napoleon

      July 15, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Külastasime muuseumi ja panime kirja järgmised detailid mis huvitavad tundusid ja meelde jäid:

      1799. aastal tegi Napoleon paari aastaga Bank of France'i ja tõi käibele franki ning muutis prantuse majanduse täiesti ümber.

      Napoleon oli suur teaduse armastaja. Kui Volta tutvustas enda leotatud akut, siis Napoleon sattus vaimustusse elektrist ja suunas lisa rahastust elektriga seotud leiutistesse ja teadusesse.

      1804 sündis "Napoleoni kood" raamat, mis andis loa omada maad ja kirjeldas äärmiselt täpselt inimõigusi ja ühiskonna toitmise printsiipe. Iga järgnev vallutatud maa võttis ka selle omaks ja palju tänapäevale omaseid seadusi on pärit Napoleoni kood raamatust. Naised pole kunagi varem meestega nii võrdsed olnud kui 1804.

      Igas sõjaüksuses oli üks või kaks trummarit, kes olid tihti kogenumad kui teised ja aitasid läbi viia keerukamaid sõjamanöövreid kasutades trumme kommunikatsiooni jaoks.

      Waterloo lahing toimus siinsamas viljapõldude ja talude vahel. Lahingus sõdisid Inglismaa, Prantsusmaa, Pruusia (Belgia, Holland, Natuke ida Saksamaad). Pruusia ei olnud hästi varustatud ja neil oli vähe sõjalist kogemust, kuid vaatamata sellele suutsid nad enda alad säilitada.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Braine-l'Alleud, Braine-l’Alleud, Брен л'Альо, برن‌للو, Eigenbrakel, Брен-л'Аллё, Брен л'Але, BEBLA, Brinne-l'-Alou, 布赖恩拉勒

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