Smell the Roses at Malmaison
Empress Josephine was a great lover of fashion and the arts, but she loved botany above all. At her former residence, Chateau de Malmaison, 12 kilometers from Paris, many rare species of roses can still be seen in the beautifully manicured gardens. At the height of the estate Josephine cultivated 250 roses on the property and she had the largest greenhouse of her day. Malmaison was Josephine and Napoleon's country home until they divorced in 1809, after which it became her primary residence. Inside, there’s a beautiful billiard room, a music room, and a Council Chamber, decorated to look like a military tent, where Napoleon conducted much important business. Josephine died of a chest infection at Malmaison in 1814, but her lineage lives on. On your way out of the chateau take a look at the family tree in the stairwell. The royal families of Belgium, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark are all her descendants.
By Casey Hatfield-Chiotti, AFAR Local Expert
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