Retreat to Josephine’s Garden
Paris visitors are never at a loss for unique excursions, not the least of which is an appealing new exhibit that opened at the beginning of April. Just west of Paris at the Musée des Châteaux de Malmaison et de Bois-Préau, is an intimate and fascinating expo – Joséphine, La Passion des Fleurs et des Oiseaux.
Mais oui, the exhibit focuses on Empress Josephine’s passion for flowers and birds, no doubt an influence from her early Creole childhood. The Château itself showcases her refined taste and informal gardens, but this particular exhibit expressly « proposes to revive the passion Josephine vowed to flowers and birds. »
Though forced to divorce Napoleon for lack of producing an heir, Josephine maintained her title and devoted herself to botanical pursuits and collections at Malmaison. Your visit provides a quiet retreat from the city, where you can easily imagine the country manor life of the Emperor and Empress.
The Musée boutique offers special reproductions of Josephine’s porcelain and jewelry- nice mementos or gifts from your visit. The exhibit runs until the end of June, and is easily reached by taking the metro to La Defence and the bus 258 to the Château stop.
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