Saturday, January 11, 2014

GIVEAWAY Continues with BECOMING JOSEPHINE Spotlight...

How exciting for me to have read  BECOMING JOSEPHINE- as it is quite obvious that I have a fascination with this icon (you think?).

Today I am participating in FRANCE BOOK TOURS with a post of my own that includes some photos of when I visited Malmaison, and Petite Malmaison- where Josephine spent most of her time.  She so loved entertaining there and caring for her beautiful roses and other flowers.  The place is now being inhabited by a Count who was gracious enough to show me around the grounds and house.  He also gave me a brief lecture on Josephine's nursery...

The long road from Malmaison, to Petite Malmaison (it's quite the walk- be prepared!)

Here is a little passage to Josephine's private garden in Petite Malmaison (it's darling!!)
 
Unfortunately the grounds were quite a disappointment... enough so that I believe Josephine would be quite triste to see what has become of Europe's most treasured and unique nursery.  As well, the insides are not what I expected - very run down.  In any case, I was told that they were working on scheduling many conferences and events, possibly weddings there.  I suppose that would help by bringing in business in order to upkeep the place.  In any case, here's an original of Napoleon that hangs sad and lonely in the place:

Let me cheer us up with more photos...this time of the very much more elegant Malmaison!








Lastly, I thought you might enjoy this little family tree postcard I picked up at Malmaison as well.  It's the Bonaparte family tree...quite the happy-looking bunch, wouldn't you say (not!)...Poor Josephine.



I loved this FRANCE BOOK TOURS

which highlighted Josephine's life with Heather Webb's amazing book,



If you'd like to win a copy of the book- the GIVEAWAY CONTINUES!!!!

Please enter with a comment along with your email address.  
For extra chances post about this giveaway at as many social sites you'd like- just come back and post all links for extra chances.

GOOD LUCK!!

10 comments:

Mystica said...

Thank you for a beautiful post.

Linda said...

Loved the pictures. and thank for the giveaway.
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Amy C said...

What a cool post! Thank you!
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Amy C said...

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wordsandpeace.com said...

so so cool! thanks for your 3 great contributions to this book tour!

cyn209 said...

a definite add to my WishList!!
thank you for the giveaway!!

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shared giveaway on my FB wall......

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Denise said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.
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Kingem said...

This was a great post! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
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Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I just read Becoming Josephine and absolutely loved it. I definitely want to visit her house someday! Great pictures!