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Bridge of Napoleon

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Source: Chatsam

Napoleon came over the bridge of Hestrud into Belgium on his way to Waterloo. Hestrud is a peaceful village on the edge of a hill overlooking the valley of the Thure. It lies halfway between Avesnes and Beaumont. The small bridge takes you over the river that runs through the village. That bridge is linked to an anecdote. On June 14 1815, Emperor Napoleon had a conversation with a bold young man who made him understand that he shouldn't go any further. A small memorial on the banks of the river recalls the 'predictive' conversation. On the stone you can read: "Ici Napoléon fit boire son cheval le 14 juin 1815 un petit garçon du village lazy this n'allez only par la monsieur»



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