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Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Yesterday we took Zoë on her first major outing. We visited the site of the battle of Waterloo. Here's a photo of Jane, Michael, and Zoë in front of the entrance to the visitor center located on the ridge overlooking the farms of La Haye Sainte and Hougoumont. This was the location of some of the bloodiest fighting of the entire battle (Ney's cavalry charge and the attack of the Imperial Guard).

Today there's a huge artificial hill on the site. You can climb the stairs to the top and see the entire battlefield.

The last time I visited Waterloo was 35 years ago with our niece and nephew. Ever since I've wanted to take my own kids to see this famous site and yesterday was the day for Jane and my new granddaughter. My son Gordon will be so sad that he missed this battlefield () but since he'll be here in a few months I'm sure his sister will take him to Waterloo.

For more pictures, see Family Outing.


  1. Wow, only a couple weeks old and she has already met her Waterloo.

  2. Larry, I did not log in for a couple of days. When do you plan to visit Ghent? I can maybe show you around or at least offer YOU a beer! (I know the right places!)
    Please mail me at or phone me at 0475 802 405.

  3. My great-great-great-great grandfather was a soldier in Napoleon's personal regiment at Waterloo (and Moscow, too for that matter). I use him as an example of genetic fitness. He left descendants so he was fitter than some 30,000 of his fellows. But there is no evidence that this was due to any trait of his own, with the possible exception of the ability to run fast.

  4. Hope you enjoyed the "Delirium Tremens" and the "Tripel Karmeliet" in Ghent!

    But there's more to go:

  5. Did you see Dembski there?