zondag 30 november 2014

Campagne de France

In May 2014 I made a trip in the north of France in relationship with the 200-years commemorating of the Campagne de France.




As a guide I used Le Guide Napoléon (2005),
Quel Roman que ma Vie (L. Garros, 1947, pag. 435-448)
et le website www.napoleon-empire.net .

It took about two weeks to visits all places, monuments and other objects.
I made a website about it:  www.roelkvos.nl/napcdf

Have a look on it!

zondag 24 augustus 2014

Nieuwe website over Napoleon

I started a new website, specialy for The Netherlands.
Napoleon has been three times in Holland and he let his traces behind him.
To discover them all that's the question.
Already many I have traced and documented.
But I do not know everything.
So I ask help. 
Please send me your discoveries so that I can place these on this new website!
Roel Vos in Maastricht Town Hall in the wedding room
Onlangs heb ik een nieuwe website opgestart.
Daarin probeer ik alle objecten, verhalen ed., die Napoleon in Nederland heeft achtergelaten, te traceren. Dat gebeurt provinciegewijs. Veel heb ik al gevonden, gefotografeerd en de gps bepaald.
Maar natuurlijk weet ik niet alles.
Daarom vraag ik een ieder, die plaatsen weet, waar Napoleon of belangrijke personen uit zijn tijd sporen hebben achtergelaten, mij dat te vertellen.
Dat kan door een foto of tekst op te sturen. Indien mogelijk ook de plaats en/of de gps.
Ik zal het dan zsm. plaatsen.
De bedoeling van dit alles is om Napoleon in Nederland zoveel als mogelijk in beeld te brengen!


donderdag 21 augustus 2014

In Brussels

In april we went to Brussels.
There is a lot to see and to seek about Napoleon.
As usual I used Le Guide Napoléon as my guid.
Look at:


to see the results!

This time it was a little hard to find all the objects.
We did Brussels in two times with an interval of tree weeks.
The first time we went on bike to the inner city.
Brussels seemed to be a little more hilly then we had suggested!

The second time I drove by camper through the city.
That is no fun. The problem is the parking, always!
I had to jump out of the camper to take a picture in an instant!

But.... we succeded!

                                                                 General Belliard

vrijdag 7 maart 2014

Napoleon in South-Africa (2)

The second place I visited was 200 km away from Outshoorn.  It is named Beaufort-West. A small town most famous because of Christian Barnard, the first doktor who transferred a human heart
(see the map). S E

There is a very interessting little Museum, which has some objects about Napoleon.
Read the following article:

Links with South Africa’s Past.

Souvenirs of Napoleon.

As one passes through the sleepy Karoo town of Beaufort West there is little to bring to mind the self-made Emperor and conqueror of Europe, Napoleon the Great, but in the town hall stands a collection of items which once served the daily needs of that great general.

The articles: two silver salvers; a silver wine-cooler; three glass decanters; a dinner plate; a silver butter-knife; a silver spoon and two salt-cellars engraved with the East India Company’s coat of arms, were requested by Napoleon.

His quarters on St. Helena were found to insufficiently stocked with cutlery and crockery and the necessary additions were supplied from the officers’ mess by Col. Henry Hugh Pritchard to whom had fallen a share of the task of guarding Napoleon at Longwood.

During the years of exile, Napoleon and Col. Pritchard became firm friends and on some of his frequent visits to the Emperor the Colonel took along his youngest son, the Honourable Charles Pritchard, who was my great-great-grandfather.

Napoleon who had recently been separated from his own small son, the King of Rome, would delight in dancing little Charles up and down upon his knee.

After Napoleon’s death in 1821, Col. Pritchard bought the collection of domestic trifles and Charles, who later moved to Beaufort West where he soon became a prominent citizen, took with him the St. Helena relics. After his death in 1910 the collection was bequeathed to the municipality by his son, Benjamin, as a memento. Another son, William, drove in the pegs to mark Pritchard Street in Johannesburg.

But to South African Charles Pritchard alone can fall the curious distinction of an affectionate friendship formed on Napoleon’s knee.

Posted 10th January 2012 by Daphne Beames

Here are some pictures of the museum itself.



All the Napoleon-objects were placed in the empty corner at the entrance. But..... no objects to see!
I was very disappointed of course! I ask the manager and she told me that five days ago all objects were put in the safe! A museumcontroller had disapproved this corner. The objects were too valueable to expose in this simple way.  A better place and style shall now be chozen.

The very gentle manager, called Vuyiseka Myakala, promised me to send me pictures of all objects as soon as they are replaced! I am thankful to her!
So my 200 km (400 in total!) were not spoiled and after all I had a nice day!



Napoleon in South-Africa (1)

During my trip in South-Africa (3 - 20th feb. 2014) I met two 'Napoleontic'-spots.
The first was Klein- and Groot-Constantia. This is a hugde and the oldest wine-estate of South-Africa. The 'Vin de Constance' was the wine Napoleon took while he was on St.Helena.
Here you see some pictures and a map. It was very nice to be there!


vrijdag 31 januari 2014

To South-Africa

On Monday 3th Febr. 2014 I go with my wife and an old friend and his wife to South-Africa for about three weeks. During the preparations I read something about Napoleon.

There are two spots to visit:
- the vineyards of Constantia (South os Cape Town). Napoleon drunk this wine on St.Helena
- the small town Beaufort-West. In a museum must be a collection of items which once served the daily needs of Napoleon (dinner-plate, winecooler, a silver spoon e.s.o.)

I hope to find it all during this longer trip.
Of course Napoleon is not the drive to go to South-Africa, I am not alone this time!
But I shall not miss these items! When I have been returned, I tell and show you more!