Important reenactment going on right now at the Elbar Room on Elba: April 11 being the date of the signing of the Treaty of Fontainebleau. Vintage Elba Grease is being quaffed by all. The really big plans are on the drawing board for April 11, 2014. Possibly Napoleanland will be open by then.
The Treaty of Fontainebleau was an agreement established in Fontainebleau, France, on 11 April 1814 between Napoleon Bonaparte and representatives from Austria, Hungary and Bohemia (the states that comprised the Austrian Empire), as well as Russia and Prussia. The treaty was signed at Paris on 11 April by the plenipotentiaries of both sides, and ratified by Napoleon on 13 April. With this treaty, the allies ended Napoleon’s rule as emperor of France and sent him into exile on Elba.
Of course he escaped the next year….
If this is real, I’m going. I mean, a ski run through a battlefield “surrounded by the frozen bodies of soldiers and horses” and a recreation of Louis XVI being guillotined? I expect they will also have a scary ride called, “Exile to Elba”. I wonder what that might be like? Just think of what they might sell at the giftshop.
“Napoleonland”, the brainchild of former French minister and history buff Yves Jégo, is being touted as a rival to Disneyland – assuming, that is, it can gather the £180 million needed to leave the drawing board. Continue reading