Dr. C. and I decided to take a short break to the Island of Elba. Having read about Napoleon and his exile, I thought the combination of a beach vacation and a little history on an island in the Tuscan archipelago would be perfect. Of course, I forgot that Napoleon was only on the island for 10 months--that's not long enough to get a tan, let alone build any monuments.
The French government sent Napoleon to Elba with 400 troops; really? You let the conqueror of the world go to an island off the coast of Italy with 400 troops---you can guess what happened. He spent the 10 months plotting to get off and then convinced his troops to follow him. He really does look likes he's done with exile in the photo above, just about as excited as he was at Waterloo.
|Breakfast room by the water|
|Nightime at the Hotel|
|Sea Bream with seafood sauce|
|Gnocchi with sausage and onion|
|Tomato soup with shrimp|
|Roast veal with ratatouille|
|Ravioletti in brodo|
|Dr. C's new favorite, caccio pepe|
|cucumber, strawberry and watermelon salad|
One our second day, we decided to go to the villa that Napoleon's sister had built for him on the island. Although very little remains of his personal items, it was interesting to walk through the home, and see how he lived during that time. His 2,000 book collection was stored in a hallway off another exhibit. We tried (and I failed ) to find his other home in the port town of Portoferraio, we followed our GPS, but kept getting stuck in one-way streets and I finally gave up. Seen one of Napoleon's homes you've probably seen them all.
|He's still here!|
|He was a little guy, hence the little bed|
|The Egyptian room|
|bathroom was 2 floors down|
|this is the bivouac that was designed to commemorate Napoleon's 200th anniversary of exile on Elba|
|Check out the international flags; we even saw a yacht leaving the harbor with the US flag|