The Eagle’s flight

Gap, Isère, Thursday June 29, 2017

The road that goes from Grenoble to Nice ( see chart below) is called the route Napoleon. Why? In 1814 Napoleon , having been flat beaten by the coalition led by the Brits, was sent to exile on the island of Elba, between Corsica and Italy. Bad idea: it was only a stone’s throw from the French Riviera and the devilish man , chomping at the bite to reconquer his imperial throne, was not long to arm a few vessels and to land in Juan les pins with 1200 men, with a view to overthrow the newly restored monarchy under King Louis XVIII. From Golfe Juan he headed north, passing through the southern Alps to reach Grenoble. This route was chosen because of its remoteness, and therefore the chance that his small army would avoid hostile royalists. From Grenoble he subsequently continued to Lyon and then Paris, acclaimed all along by crowds of enthusiastic supporters joining his army. The adventure , called ” the Eagle’s flight” by the Napoleonic legend, was not to last more than 100 days. Napoleon was sent back to  exile, this time in the island of Sainte Helene in southern Atlantic, where he died soon after.

The ” route Napoleon ” today is a large scenic road punctuated with memorials of Napoleon’s last glorious flight

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s