But Paris has much to offer too for someone who wants to soak up the atmosphere of the period when Prince of Wales was Regent and Britain was at war with Napoleon. What could those places be?
|Entrance to Malmaison|
|Part of Josephine's toilette.|
|The back of Josephine's salon.|
|Napoleon's private bedchamber.|
A visit to the Cathedral of Saint Denis on the northern tip of Paris (and available by the Metro) is a trip to acquaint you with the horrors of the French Revolution and the Terror, the counter influence on the British mindset during the wars of that period. Saint Denis is the church in which most of the kings and queens of France and their children are buried. I say most of them because many are indeed buried elsewhere. However, once you've entered and admired this church, the first gothic cathedral in France and its architecture, and once you've admired the enormous number of sarcophagi of various French monarchs and their families, a visit to the crypt is what you're really after. Here you will find the plaque on the wall which is all that remains of that noted monarch, Louis XIV. It is ironic to find his burial place in such a barren place. But walk further into the center of the crypt and here you see only a huge flat black granite stone covering a very deep pit. This is the marker for the burial plot of those aristocrats of the ancien regime who died by the guillotine during the Revolution and most numerously the Terror. Their bones were collected from various churchyards and from the Conciergerie (on the Isle de France) where they were interred after execution. This tragedy of their deaths by violent means is the very horror that outraged the British, many of whom were their relatives. This slaughter of the nobility is what the British sought to avoid for themselves. While they spent significant national treasure attempting to defeat the various regimes that succeeded the Bourbons, including the emperor Napoleon, they were attempting to ensure not only their own survival, the continuance of their economic system, but also their naval power around the world.
|The dining room in Malmaison|
|Louis XIV plaque in crypt of Saint Denis|
|Life size gisants of praying Louis XVI and his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette in chapel of Saint Denis|
|Chateau Chantilly: View of the stable block and riding academy.|
|Walter view of Chantilly|
|Salon with murals commemorating the Fronde led by the Grand Conde.|
|A portion of the music room with harp.|