Guest Post By Mel & Karen Ray
Awakened by the news that we will not proceed to Paris later today as planned. Given the heavy rain of the past week, our boat will not fit under the bridges !!! Paris is about 30 miles up river so all onshore tours will continue as planned and “departure-day” (tomorrow) will continue as we will be bused into Paris.
The interest of Conflans is the ‘spicy’ lives of Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine … a tour guided visit to their nearby palace gave motivation to hearing all about Napoleon’s love for Josephine (6 years older than Napoleon … born on her family’s plantation in Martinique … divorced with 2 children) … they were married in a simple registry office service (1796) … Bonaparte family was furious … she purchased the large chateau (Malmaison 1797) … she often made other large purchases (lavish furnishings, exotic plants & wild animals) while Napolean was off winning battles … eventually divorced by Napoleon as she became sterile and he wanted a blood son (his second wife gave him his wish) … Josephine died 1814 and Napoleon returned to Malmaison after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
Malmaison was completely restored in the early 20th century.
Back on board to pack our luggage and get up to the minute details regarding tours, another MAC concert and disembarkation planned for tomorrow.
Another big day tomorrow but the reality of leaving AmaLegro began to set in.
Mel & Karen