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,
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