In my last post I mentioned Nicholas Stark, the 17 year-old student who joined us in Paris for a few days (he was actually there for two weeks, soaking himself in Napoleonic history). Well, with my encouragement, Nicholas has set up his own blog about Napoleon. From our conversations in Paris, I know he intends to pursue a career in history and I advised him to start building his brand with a blog. I’d like to encourage each of you to check out his writing on Napoleon (see link below). I’ve found him to be quite knowledgeable and passionate about the subject.
Hey folks! Well I’m back in Australia after an AMAZING two weeks in France. The above photos, and a number of others you can find in the Napoleon 101 Flickr Group, was taken by our new friend Nicholas Stark, a 17 year-old student from the US who joined us for a couple of days in Paris.
On July 14, Bastille Day, we shot some video at Les Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe and Les Invalides. David provided some commentary of Napoleon’s tomb, the Arc, and various Napoleonic paintings and exhibits at The Louvre. This video, along with the audio and video recordings from the INS congress at Ajaccio, will be available on the DVD pack I’ll be putting out asap.
By the way, in the Flickr Group you’ll see a couple of photos taken at Changi Airport (Singapore) of the Legion Of Merit medal I was presented with, by David, at the Gala Dinner at the end of the Congress. It was a great honour and something every button pusher aspires to. David was also presented with the Medal Of The City Of Ajaccio by the Mayor of Ajaccio during a cocktail reception held at their city hall, beneath an original painting of Napoleon in his ceremonial robes from the coronation. There will be photos of that, and much much more, going up in the Flickr group over the next week or so, so keep an eye out.
We’re having an UNBELIEVABLE time over here, with a terrific group of Napoleonic scholars and historians, drinking chestnut whisky, smoking Cuban cigars, lying on the beach, and, of course, discussing Napoleon!
One of the highlights of the Congress will be the performance of several musical numbers from Les Cent Jours De Napoleon, a musical about Napoleon’s Hundred Days written by Seattle composer Sean Richarz and performed by Sean, Christine Dunaway and Craig Schell, who are both also from Seattle. Check out the site for the musical, have a listen to excerpts from it, and look forward to it coming to a concert hall near you soon!
Les Cent Jours De Napoleon – The Musical! July 8th, 2008cameron