In 1799 Joséphine purchased the run down estate while Napoléon Bonaparte was away fighting. He wasn't too happy about the purchase, but she vowed to make Malmaison "the most beautiful and curious garden in all of Europe, a model of good cultivation".
We toured many of the rooms of the Château which was restored in the early 20th century.
Joséphine's dinner service
Joséphine's personal toiletries
The luxurious bedchamber of Joséphine
And then we have Joséphine's common chamber
The billiard room
and the music room
The dining room
The gardens are nothing like what they once were. As a matter of fact, at one time there was a heated orangery, over 300 pineapple plants, and Joséphine cultivated over 200 plants in France for the first time. She grew over 250 varieties of roses and the property was known for the rose garden all over the country. But in addition to the gardens, she had all different animals roaming throughout, including kangaroos, black swans, zebras, emus, sheep, llamas, and gazelles to name a few! It must have been quite the palace!
We enjoyed our visit quite a bit. It was time to head back to the ship for lunch, and then we had a visit planned to the palace of all palaces!