Monday, 9 June 2014
The Route Napoléon is the journey taken by Napoleon I, the Emperor, on his return to France from exile on the island of Elba. He arrived at the Golfe Juan on 1 March 1815 and made his way along the route shown and from Grenoble on to Paris where he arrived on 20 March 1815. Next year, of course, will be the bicentenary.
The national road N85 follows the line of the original route and is waymarked by gilded Imperial Eagles. It received the official title "Route Napoléon" in 1932 (previously the Route des Alpes) and is still travelled by people who enjoy both the history and the beautiful landscapes.
Maps on Monday.