Having read so much about Napolean and his family whilst on holiday South East of Paris, the possibility of visiting Malmaison seemed too good to miss. However beware- driving there is a real challenge around the Paris suburbs. It is certainly not for the faint hearted.
However on arrival the area is so quiet and relaxing the stress on driving there soon leaves you.
The tragedy is that the Chateau is so beautiful, so friendly and undertstated and so interesting and yet when you come away you feel like so much more could be achieved there given some money and attention. With Versailles not far away its almost like the french have decided that the Royalists are a much better money spinner than the Republicans and have therefore almost abandoned the Bonaparte family.
The house itself is very very interesting for any student of Napololean and his family. There are many original artifacts which transport you back to Napoleans earlier campaigns in Italy and Egypt. I would have loved to have met Josephine as she comes across as such a lovely warm sunny creature. Her gardens show so much promise but are woefully neglected. Unless you are a keen history student or are not far from the area and fancy an interesting afternoon escape from the rigours of Paris then I would say that this is not the place for you. Having said that I loved spending an afternoon there and felt deeply the tragedy of neglect due to lack of funding for such a lovely historical spot.
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