Thursday Jeanne (365 Dresses) and I went to Malmaison, Empress Josephine's residence near Rueil. Just a short ride on RER A or ligne 1 to La Defense and then bus 258 upstairs in the bus terminal stops right at the chateau. Well a nice walk down the lane at any rate. Entrance is 6.50 euros.
You're there and it's not nearly as crowded as Versailles but every bit as beautiful.
And possibly more serene.
The décor inside is just as riveting. I thought the audio added a lot of nice details(2€) You'll know the architects of the Empire were deeply.
Inspired by their time in Egypt, there are obvious Egyptian influences throughout.
We followed the couple in period costume..
They seemed to know the ropes.
Many, many fabulous beds
Why ever am I sleeping on a Tempurapedic travel mattress on the floor ?
Of course we didn't get the chance to test the mattresses...they may be soft as marshmallow/guimauve.
Remember to look up.
The ceiling decor is gorgeous
Josephine was fond of Teal and expert at billiards it's said...
She looks quite glam immortalized
In the many portraits.
And Napoleon is of course
All over the place
The Corsican makes quite a handsome bust.
Did he import cedrat citrons for the occasional snack from his homeland?
Yesterday I sashayed into La Bonbon au Palais and noticed something new. I seem very well acquainted with every damn candy in the place...hmmm.
But this cedrats confits was new to me.
Instantly Georges was unwrapping the preserved candied fruit.
Some citrus come as big as melons or footballs by the way.
The top comes off and it's filled with aromatic confit on the sides.
Georges insisted I try a bar of Corsican nougat with bits of cedrat adding an acidic touch to the sweetness of the almonds. Do take a short but very serene trip out of Paris to visit Malmaison. Then pick up some Napoleonic, Corsican snacks at Le Bonbon au Palais 19 rue Monge 75005.