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Malmaison: Josephine Bonapartes retreat

This month's historic walks with Dr. Kelly Spearman will lead to Josephine Bonapartes retreat in Malmaison

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Malmaison: Josephine Bonapartes retreat
Malmaison: Josephine Bonapartes retreat

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Maisons-Laffitte Train Station, 78600 Maisons-Laffitte, France

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Malmaison: Josephine Bonaparte's retreat

Even Emperors have a family life and, thanks to Josephine, Emperor Napoleon was able to escape from the official life of his court to Malmaison, the Empress's beloved estate, which she considered her true home.

Malmaison was the setting for the Imperial couple's happiest days, a haven they shared with Josephine's two children, a place of parties, excursions, and lavish entertainments. The days before History took their toll on both their love and the


Even after their divorce and Josephine's death, Malmaison remained dear to Napoleon, and it was here that he awaited arrest after losing the battle of Waterloo. 

The elegant 18 th century mansion, with 19 th century additions, surrounded by beautiful gardens including Josephine's favorite rose garden, has been restored to its original state, with splendid period wall fabrics, painted

ceilings and exquisite furnishings, a perfect example of a noble household of the Napoleonic era.

Part I: 10.15-12.15. Please meet at 10.00 sharp. Please be on time, the

the visit must start promptly!

Picnic Lunch: As the Château closes at 12.30 for lunch (yes, for lunch!),

we’ll all enjoy a picnic lunch from 12.30 - 13.15

Part II: 13.30 – 14.30

IMPORTANT: Tickets will be purchased collectively, please bring change!

Place : Musée National des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau (1, avenue du

Château at Rueil-Malmaison).

Métro : RER Rueil-Malmaison or bus 258 from La Défence

Price of the Tour: 20 Eur

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