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Saturday’s scene: Napoleon Slept Here


Longwood House, Saint Helena

Not only did Napoleon sleep here at Longwood House on the South Atlantic island of St Helena, this was the location of his exile from 1815 until his death in 1821. Boomer travelers interested in visiting the historic location will need to book a cruise. Since St Helena has no airport, arriving by ship is the only way to reach one of the most remote places in the world. Alan and I visited when our Regent ship, Seven Seas Navigator, sailed from Cape Town, South Africa to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Options for touring include booking an excursion through the ship’s travel desk, finding a tour company online or negotiating with one of a few taxi/car services waiting by the port. If you decide on the taxi, plan on being first off the ship. They go fast. And don’t forget to stop by the Governor’s House to see the giant tortoise.

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