June 6, 2016

Inside the Château de Malmaison

Lately, Paris' weather has been downright awful, contributing to flooding, damage and spotty public transportation. This past weekend, we were looking for a family outing that would allow us to avoid the chaos in city centre.

Our search led us to the Château de Malmaison in the suburb of Rueil-Malmaison. Once the private estate of Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Josephine, this now museum makes for a wonderful day out. Many of its rooms, furnishings and artifacts are right up there with what you can find at the more well-known Château de Versailles (also worth a visit).

Entry is free the first Sunday of every month, and even with this advantage, we were surprised to see that we didn't have to wait in line or fight off hordes of tourists to get in. Aside from a small group of young students and a few other families, we nearly had the place to ourselves. It was nice to be able to take our time in each room and snap photos at our leisure.

The weather, albeit a bit gloomy, did not put a damper on the day. We also explored the château's fragrant gardens before concluding our short stay.

Château de Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison, France
Château de Malmaison
Hallway in the Château de Malmaison, France
Hallway in the Château de Malmaison
The Billiard Room, Château de Malmaison, France
La salle de billard (The Billiard Room)
The Gilded Room, Château de Malmaison, France
Le salon doré (The Gilded Room)
The Dining Room, Château de Malmaison, France
La salle à manger (The Dining Room)
Dinner service at the Château de Malmaison, France
Dinner service
The Emperor's Bedroom, Château de Malmaison, France
La chambre de l'Empereur (The Emperor's Bedroom)
The Empress' Bedroom, Château de Malmaison, France
La chambre à coucher de l'Impératrice (The Empress' Bedroom)
Painting of Napoleon Bonaparte Crossing the Alps, Château de Malmaison, France
Napoleon Bonaparte Crossing the Alps by the Great Saint Bernard Pass
The Library, Château de Malmaison, France
La bibliothèque (The Library)
The Frieze Room, Château de Malmaison, France
La salle de la frise (The Frieze Room)
Garden of old roses, Château de Malmaison, France
Jardin des roses anciennes (Garden of old roses)

Château de Malmaison
Avenue du Château de Malmaison
92500 Rueil-Malmaison

Tip: If visiting with small children, strollers must be left at the welcome desk. Consider bringing a carrier or wrap for a comfortable, hands-free visit.



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