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That would be really crappy to be a prisoner in my own home, mega-nice home or not. The interior is amazing. Reminds me of Windsor Palace.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on June 22, 2015
a pretty sad existence for that one! 'spawn of napoleon'.
By: TexWisGirl on June 22, 2015
Money certainly does not buy happiness- sometimes it guarantees despair. Thanks for the history lesson!
By: Kathe W. on June 22, 2015
Yes, much like Versailles including the Hall of Mirrors. Back view is more lovely, though.
By: Tabor on June 22, 2015
Nice history lesson. I read several biographies of Napoleon when I was a young lad but had never heard about the second and third successors.
By: Catalyst on June 22, 2015
Thanks for that history! If I ever knew that story, I'd forgotten it. More likely I toured Schonbrunn without ever learning about that. I do remember fantasizing about living there, and then feeling kind of relieved that I did not live there!
By: Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma on June 22, 2015
Thanks for the history lesson!!
By: fishducky on June 22, 2015
I learned something (yet again!) from your blog. Ever since I can remember, I knew there was a Napoleon (obviously) and a Napoleon III. But, I always wondered, what about a Napoleon II? Yes, yes, I could have researched it, but I knew that you'd come along eventually and set me straight. Thanks!
By: Al Penwasser on June 22, 2015
A gilded cage indeed! What a juxtaposition, a confined and sad life midst such splendor! The photographs are beautiful.
By: Tom Cochrun on June 22, 2015
What a fascinating story! Your pictures are great, Stephen. Thanks for sharing this! I can't help but feel sorry for the Duke. So young and with few options. On top of that - ill.
By: Cherdo on June 22, 2015
So he was under palace arrest, but without that ankle thingy.
By: Val on June 22, 2015
As always, Steve, a very interesting history lesson that I knew nothing about! And photos to go with it made it more "real." I loved it.
By: Linda on June 22, 2015
How sad. I didn't know. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on June 22, 2015
Interesting history lesson here, I had no idea. nice one!
By: LL Cool Joe on June 22, 2015
Prisoner in a gilded cage? It's an interesting thought and begs the question: how do we truly define freedom? Is it merely the ability to go wherever we want? In the modern U.S.A. there would be many that could not travel far from home because it is too expensive. So they choose to keep aspirations small and take vacations sparingly if not at all. Are these people free?
By: Michael Offutt on June 22, 2015
I had no clue about Napoleon's son nor of this story. Great history lesson. Such an enormous and beautiful palace if you're free to come and go!
By: Bouncin Barb on June 22, 2015
These guys have much more to lose. They have more and bigger toys. some of those toys are other countries.
By: red on June 22, 2015
You bring back memories of what I had learned a long time ago and had forgotten! Thanks for the lesson and the photos. Makes you wonder - what's the lesser evil, the royalty from back then or the politicians of modern times?
By: Pixel Peeper on June 22, 2015
By: cranky on June 22, 2015
That's a very sad story. It's ironic, too, that though borne into royalty, his life was so short and ill-fated. The palace looks exquisite.
By: Robyn Engel on June 22, 2015
I suppose a professional duster would have great job security at a place like that.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on June 22, 2015
I really enjoyed this post.
By: John on June 23, 2015
I enjoy reading about your travels. You peel back the layers to reveal tidbits of history with a dab of art providing depth without overwhelming the uninitiated art/history novice in like me. :)
By: Daniel LaFrance on June 23, 2015
What a fascinating part of history that I knew nothing about. Thank you. There is a really good novel in that story.
By: Akansas Patti on June 23, 2015
I'm doing a lot of vicarious traveling this year. first to Paris and now Austria!
By: Ellen Abbott on June 23, 2015
Stephen: Yes, agree on the prison (gilded cage). I felt this way after touring Elvis Presley's Graceland!
By: Michael Manning on June 23, 2015
Those royals ... yes, they lead different lives, but not necessarily better lives.
By: Tom Sightings on June 23, 2015
What a sad life he lived -- sick and imprisoned. Even if the place was beautiful, it doesn't make up for loss of health and freedom.
By: mimi on June 23, 2015
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