In the outskirts of Paris, Malmaison was the residence of Josephine and Napoleon during the short period of the Consulate. It was mainly a showcase for Josephine’s flowers, where her passion for botany could blossom. This human-size mansion was rather quickly decorated by architects Percier and Fontaine, who imposed the neoclassical style. Very well preserved and decorated with some original pieces of furniture and paintings. After the divorce in 1809, Josephine spent her last few years there, until she died in 1814.
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My favorite trips around Paris
Join me on one of my favourite guided trips around Paris. Enjoy a visit of la Malmaison, the splendid house where Napoleon and Josephine resided during the Consulate. Monet’s garden at Giverny is a very relaxing and peacefull area, at lunch time especially. Vaux-le-Vicomte is according to me the best palace to discover outside Paris, contemporary to Versailles, but less busy.