Apr 21, 2007

PHOTO HUNTERS - STEPS

I live in an historical place, Waterloo. It's in Belgium and it was here that the French emperior Napoleon lost his battle against the British, Germans and Dutch and had to go in exile. The battle was in June 1815. It is said that this battle has determined the Europe of today. Otherwise maybe whole Europe would speak French today, which is no problem for me, as I speak french anyway. But because of Waterloo, France remained France like you see it today.

The phrase to meet one's Waterloo (or similar) has entered the English language as a word signifying a great test with a final and decisive outcome—usually a negative one, in recognition of Napoleon's defeat. The group ABBA also made a song about Waterloo.





This is the Lion which was erected in memory to all the soldiers who died on this battle field. The Lion faces the UK and turns his back (with tail) to France, because they lost.




To get to the top of the Lion's hill you have to climb up 226 STEPS ! I did it several times with friends who visited us from abroad and I can tell you it is very hard !!




Tourists going up and down the steps


Story of the hill





The construction of the hill and the 226 steps.




Besides the hill a Panorama was built where you can see the battle










29 comments:

Anonymous said...

ooooo and aahhhh! Those are awesome pics of a very cool set of steps! Have you climbed up all those steps Gattina? I love the symbolism in that monument too. And I love ABBA! Happy Hunting :)

Linda said...

This is really, really fascinating and something that I would truly love to see someday even though I'm not so sure I'd like climbing all those steps! That lion looks absolutely magnificent.

Thanks for the history and for the great pictures!

YTSL said...

Thanks for the very informative post!

Also, hope this doesn't sound too stupid but is Waterloo called Waterloo in Belgium too or just that in English?

Also, find it interesting that the symbolic chosen animal is a lion. Had thought, from such as the nursery rhyme about the lion and the unicorn, that the lion signified Scotland (rather than the U.K. as a whole) as far as British people are concerned....

Girlie said...

Wow...this reminds me of Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines. My pictures there we not digitized, and am too lazy to scan one now.

This is definitely on my "to do" list when I go to Europe.

jmb said...

Thanks for that interesting story gattina, wonderful photos. Congratulations on making the climb, I think I'd buy a postcard of the view.
jmb

srp said...

Wow! What a climb and what a descent. Is there any special significance to the number of steps? What a special place to see and I bet the view is spectacular!

Unknown said...

Neat pics and thanks for the history lesson!




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Anonymous said...

that set of steps is original..never seen any so long or so steep

MaR said...

What a great short history lesson, Gattina! loved the pictures too. The gardeners must be busy all the time taking care of that lawn...
Happy saturday!!!

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Wonderful photos! What a great memorial to the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle.

Anonymous said...

Wow - I love that!! I will have to take a trip over to Waterloo soon!

Happy Weekend!

Anonymous said...

Funny thing is: I wrote my comment about ABBAs song Waterloo on your other blog before I came here and read this! *s*

Of coruse you had to show us those steps. Marvelous!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow...not only are there a lot of steps, but they're steep, too!

You're right...after I left Sacre Coeur, I could have just made my way over to Belgium. But, looks like there's no funicular there. Guess I would actually have to walk up the steps.

Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting!

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing this piece of history. Your photos and story are very interesting. Happy weekend.

Lynn said...

It'll probably take me an hour to get to the top. :)

Lynn said...

It'll probably take me an hour to get to the top. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's better than a stairmaster!
I bet the view from up top is amazing.
Thanks for sharing those photos of a great historic place.

Anonymous said...

This is a nice set of photos! I don't think I could handle all the steps, though.

SJINCO said...

Very neat! You beat my 'steps' photo by two steps!!

Looks like a neat place to visit!

Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is wonderful. I look forward to visiting and climbing the 226 steps! whew!

Marcia (MeeAugraphie) said...

Wonderful post, Gattina. My husband's father was Belgium (I don't know the proper term for it, because I always thought of him as a Brit because he was raised in England.) I'd love to attempt those steps.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

that is amazing, thanks so much for sharing it!

smiles, bee

Jose said...

No wonder you declined taking the steps on my pictures but who would blame you after taking all these steps to see the Lion.

Awesome pictures!

Puss-in-Boots said...

There is no way I could climb those steps...I'd be a cot case before I even got halfway up.

Interesting post about Steps.

Anonymous said...

I've seen the Waterloo documentary on Discovery Channel. You're lucky to live in such a historic place.
Wow, 226 steps, and climbing it several times! I must bow to you LOL. I only did the Buddha steps once. I hear there is an escalator already in place so i might not have to do it again ever!
Happy weekend!

PastormacsAnn said...

Wow Gattina! What an amazing place. Thanks so much for the pictures and the history. That's a lot of steps! Great choice for The Hunt.

BTW - I love your new look. Your header is AWESOME!

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Gattina. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. I'm sure you feel proud to take those steps until the top. Thanks for sharing about this interesting place.

Andree said...

Gattina: this is just a wonderful post. I have learned a lot. I wish people would stop trying to conquer others and stop dying in battle. We need monuments to other peaceful things that we can do.

Did they actually build the mound or was it a hill that was already there?

Rachel said...

Oh my!! That's a lot of steps!! I'd hope to have an oxygen tank waiting for me about half way up!! LOL I'm sure I'd need it by then!

Great history info here!!