European Painted Ladies

European Painted Ladies I do a lot of research and reading. From weird facts blog sites to historical textbooks to Wikipedia -- yes, I actually read Wikipedia. I have it set up to give me a random article page each day. Sometimes, I find the article interesting enough to start clicking the related links and following the rabbit hole

The Abdication Of Bonaparte And The Count of Monte Cristo

Today, 198 years ago, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as emperor of France and was shipped off to the island of Elba off the coast of France.  In fact, he managed to escape less than a year later, and went on to reclaim power and lead one of the most infamous battles in history:  The Battle of