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Address: Bois-Preau, Paris, France
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Not be missed even if you are not Napoleon fans

This house was purchased for Marie Antoinette with money from the government and eventually became her residence until death. In the interim Napoleon used the house as a place to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
william z
Wrentham, Massachusetts

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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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177 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house was purchased for Marie Antoinette with money from the government and eventually became her residence until death. In the interim Napoleon used the house as a place to meet with his military leaders, heads of government, and foreign officials right up to his final exile. The house has been restored and accentuates some modifications done by Napoleon and... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I didn't find it quite as easy to get there as I'd imagined so I'll give a few , hopefully, useful tips. When you get to La Defence metro station it is ENORMOUS. Find Sortie F and don't go round the houses like me! You will find yourself still underground and all the bus numbers are signposted. You want 258.... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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90 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Malmaison is off the beaten track, so you have to make an effort to get there. If you only have a short amount of time in Paris, I wouldn't allocate the time to see it. If you have been to Paris several times or have more than a week there, it is worth getting out to see where Josephine lived... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 415 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

If you are a real Napoleon and Josephine admirer you may consider this a worthwhile excursion. There are portraits, furniture supposedly actually used or commissioned by them, and a family tree showing how various European monarchs are descended from Josephine. However, as a stately home or garden, it is in my view pretty mediocre. The chateau is a standard design,... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Fantastic place to spend one afternoon. Castle is small, but really interesting, different then the rest of the castle in ile de France. The best part of it is garden - with a most beautiful roses that you will ever see ! 200 differ spices - amazing ! We made a picnic in the park, and spent all afternoon enjoying... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Getting off the bus and walking to the entrance to the Chateau Malmaison was a lovely experience...strolling down the approach to the Chateau one could only imagine the carriages that brought royalty many years ago and the dresses they must have worn!....lovely flowers border the sides of the approach to the Chateau and inside... how beautiful....the French really new how... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The stately chateau owned by Empress Josephine (her title was retained even after the divorce in 1810) until her death in 1814, contained well-preserved rooms filled with Napoleonic furniture, countless family portraits in heavy gilt frames, porcelain tableware and numerous objets d`art. Josephine's predilection towards swans can even be seen in a chair with arms carved in swan-necked adornment.Several of... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

If you have time, this lilttle trip out of Paris is really worth while. It takes about an hour to get there, depending from where in Paris you are. Just take the RER or Metro to La Defense and then bus 258 to 'La Chateau' - easy. If you are at all historically interested, you will enjoy this place. As... More 

London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Rueil Malmaison in the Haute de Seine is a suburb approx 8 miles from the centre of Paris. This pretty town has fine buildings with many strong links to the history of France. There are hotels, bars, french and foreign restaurants, as well as small shops and a typical french marche. The origin of the name Rueil or Roialum (relating... More 

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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We saw this on Monty Don's french garden series and the gardens would be great in Spring and Autumn. Make sure you catch the bus from the basement of the La Defensa station as it is too far to walk. The rooms are well fitted out and the size of the attraction makes it easy to see in half a... More 

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The neighborhood around Opéra and Bourse is a belle époque paradise of grand boulevards, refined arcades, and mass-market art-nouveau entertainment. Here, modern day workers continue to take advantage of the legacy that nobility and finance left in the 19th century. Brightly-lit brasseries, theaters, and cinemas sit side by side with French bistros predominating in one area and Japanese restaurants in another. The area is most famous for the Palais Garnier opera house and glamorous department stores.
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