Anyway the name, house and
site will always be associated with Josephine and Napoleon, as this was where
they felt most at home.
The house you see today is slightly smaller than it was
as a wing has been knocked down, and the grounds you see today are only a
twentieth the size of the original site purchased by Josephine. However
Malmaison is still very much worth a visit.
Getting to Chateau de Malmaison
get to Malmaison from Paris take the 258 bus that starts from from La
Defence. Be sure that the 258 you get on goes all the way to the Chateau,
some of the buses only go part of the way, so ask the driver to be sure.
off at the stop called Le Chateau; this will take about 20 min. from La
Defence. Then cross the road, and walk about 100 m back the way the bus came.
You will pass the bus stop for going home. Then turn right and follow the signs
for the Chateau. It will take 5 - 10 minutes to walk to the front. If you come
by car there is plenty of free parking.
While you are at the Chateau de Malmaison
Although I really enjoyed my
visit, and I would have liked to stay longer, there are 2 things you ought to be aware of. Firstly there do not appear
to be any toilets in the house, so use those at the entrance before you pay
your entrance fee. Secondly, and most surprisingly, there isn't a coffee shop
or anywhere to eat, though I do believe there are coffee machines. This is a
tragedy as they have the room and a lovely setting. I'm sure you can take a
picnic and eat in the grounds, or else there is a bistro near the bus