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March 9, 2019

The Napoléon I Museum at Fontainebleau!

And why not going over to the east side of Paris in beautiful,historical, architecturally stunning Fontainebleau castle in dept 77 Seine-et-Marne in the ïle de France region east of Paris. Again written many posts on it and a very attaching castle for me and my family but feel need to tell you more about the goodies inside.

I like to tell you a bit more on the Napoléon I Museum !

Inaugurated in 1986, the Napoléon I museum was built on two levels at the site of former princely apartments located in the Louis XV wing. For security reasons, the collections were repatriated on the only first floor. It is therefore a condensed presentation of these priceless furniture, paintings, weapons, art, goldsmith’s, ceramics, costumes, historical documents and souvenirs.


A museum entirely devoted to Napoleon Bonaparte was thus created in Fontainebleau, its aim being to present a view of the Emperor and his family. It was set up in the Louis XV wing, a part of the château which had been restored by Napoleon I in 1810 and which before that restoration (from 1803 to 1808) had been the headquarters of the the special military academy, later known as Saint-Cyr. The exhibition begins by introducing Napoleon and Josephine and the splendour of the imperial regime, before turning to Marie-Louise, the King of Rome and Napoleon’s mother, as well as his brothers and sisters, all of whom played a part during this period. Special attention has been paid to the fabric on the walls and furniture in order to present the portraits, the memorabilia, the arms, the china, the gold and silver objects and the items of clothing in luxurious surroundings.


The collections are largely derived from the succession of the Imperial family, the Prince Napoleon descending from Jérôme de Westphalia, younger brother and last heir of Napoleon I (as Napoléon V) ,that allow the evocation of Napoleon Emperor between 1804 and 1815, from his family and in particular of his brothers, sovereigns in Europe. The meeting of an important gallery of portraits introduced to the course which successively presents the coronation, the splendours of the imperial table, the siblings and the diplomatic gifts, a campaign tent, the daily life of an emperor-soldier, the Empress Marie-Louise and then the heir, the king of Rome.


The Napoléon I Museum has been renovated and improved with new lighting and redesigned Museography, the museum acquired 88 new pieces, bringing to 650 the number of exhibits on 700 m2 in the Louis XV wing of the château. Among these new treasures is a Cabaret, a Sèvres porcelain tea service representing the members of the Imperial family. Property since the 1930s of the Baron-Cohen family.


It is very nice and show the history of this well known important family of France, Europe ,and the World. An educational as well as historical take back in time at the Napoleon I Museum of Fontainebleau.

The official webpage for the museum is here: Official Chateau de Fontainebleau on the Napoleon I Museum

Official site of the Napoléon foundation and family in English

And remember ,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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March 9, 2019

Hôtel du Cheval Rouge, Versailles!

So here I am to write about something different than previous posts for the most part. I seldom write about a particular hotel unless in the body of a travel visit but never alone. This time I will make an exception because its quant historical and darn right good. There is a history.

I like to tell you about the Hotel du Cheval Rouge of Versailles. It is a sentimental favorite and we have even visited later on without staying when we lived in Versailles just for the memories. This is the first and only hotel we have stayed in Versailles as visitors way back in 2000, before moving permanently to France. And behold, we end up living there not far from it.


The building was built in 1676,was then used by  king Louis XIV as his livery and storeroom. From that time on, the hotel was able to maintain the tradition of the inn where it is good to rest. Ideally located in the cross-aisle of a very busy market place of Notre-Dame precisely at 18 Rue André Chernier, only 5 min walk from the palace/museum, the hotel surprises by its calm.

To the endorsement of this tranquility also illustrated by the hotel garden, the comfort of its rooms and the breakfast room. There are eight recently renovated family rooms and other furnished studios; As for the double rooms, the classics have a shower room, the superior ones, more spacious, a bathtub. All have satellite TV and a Wifi connection. And free parking inside!


It is the perfect spot to see the best of Versailles not just the palace/museum but the wonderful Notre Dame market, the Lambinet museum, menus-plaisirs, madame du Barry stables, the grande and petite ecuries, the grand commun, and much more of wonderful royal beautiful Versailles.

Have a great stay here and why not do the inverse of what most do, stay here in visit Paris! Hotel du Cheval Rouge (yes Red Horse Hotel)  is great, friendly, historical, and has lots of souvenirs of my family as well.Voilà I needed to tell you about it.

Some webpages to help you come here are

Official site of the Hotel Cheval Rouge

Tourist office of Versailles on the Hotel Cheval Rouge

Have a great stay and hope you have enjoy and come to this jewel of the city of Versailles. 

And remember ,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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