The Carriage Named Victory

LA-VICTOIRE berline de NapoleonAt the Big Stables of Versailles you can still see the Emperor’s Victory. Did you know that today we drive on the right side because Napoleon decreed it to be so? No surprise — he had covered all of Europe, by foot, by horse and by carriage. Some of those were very long trips. This is why most of his cars carried portable libraries. He had a big collection of specially made small books. If he did not like one, he simply threw it out of the window. Napoleon liked to sneak out of the palace incognito, but Victory was well known and never went without an escort. When he stepped out to relieve himself, his guard would form a circle around him.

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