I’ve visited Paris at least a dozen times, but on March 11, 2011, I arrived focused solely on Napoleonic research.  Six days weren’t anywhere near enough to accomplish all I wanted to see and do, especially since we took day trips to Brienne (the site of Napoleon’s early schooling), the chateau of Fontainebleau (which housed eight centuries of French rulers including Napoleon), and Malmaison (Josephine’s final home and a museum dedicated to Napoleon’s First Consulate period).

Where did we stay in Paris?  Why, an apartment on Rue Bonaparte, bien sûr!

Here’s the five-minute slideshow of the Napoleonic sites I visited in and around Paris:

To learn more about Paris and Napoleon, check out my individual blog posts on the subject. Just use the drop-down menu marked “Categories” in the sidebar column on the right of this page. Choose “Paris” and an archive of blog posts about Paris will come up.


  • Scott
    March 15, 2011 - 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Good stuff–I look forward to becoming educated on Napolean’s life—

    Enjoy the great food and fine wine

    Who knew he did’t speak French until he was nine—


  • Scott
    May 3, 2011 - 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Bon Voyage!!!1

  • mrodenberg
    May 3, 2011 - 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! We’re at the airport waiting for the flight to South Africa.

  • July 3, 2011 - 9:31 am | Permalink

    Hello Margaret
    So what Napoleonic visit did you like most in France? I liked Malmaison very much. I posted some pics of it, and of other sites, in my facebook “L’autre Sainte-Helene” if interested.
    Please let me know when your book on Napoleon will be out: I will surely buy a copy !

  • mrodenberg
    July 6, 2011 - 11:17 am | Permalink

    Hello, Albert,
    I must agree with you–Malmaison was my favorite. It has a human scale and grace that make it very appealing. Unfortunately, I was there in March so the garden wasn’t in bloom. I’ll keep in touch about the progress of my book.

  • Angela
    October 13, 2014 - 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Margaret – I am thrilled to find your page. I went on my own Napoleon tour in Paris this summer – a life’s dream come true. I am planning to go to Corsica, Elba and St. Helena in 2021, so I am very interested in your accounts. I was in the Scottish Highlands this summer also and was amazed to find so many Napoleon artifacts – uniforms, paintings, miniatures and writing desks.

  • mrodenberg
    October 31, 2014 - 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Angela! Glad you found my page. Both those trips sound wonderful–but the 2021 plans are the adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy!

  • Charles LeMaire
    May 14, 2016 - 11:54 am | Permalink

    Hello Margaret,

    I am fascinated by how you are approaching your analysis of Napoleon. My name is Charles LeMaire. I am American but from a Belgian lineage, Les Bulles, just north of the French border by roughly 20 miles. My father, since passed, has always had a love of our heritage and an interest in France, and thus leading me to a keen interest in a great leader.

    I am been to Paris several times but am now, based on your excellent work, very interested in discovering the ” real ” Napoleon, in flesh and blood.

    Have you read his dairy notes? Hope you keep on writing ! Are you French?

    Charles Robert LeMaire, Esq.

  • mrodenberg
    May 29, 2016 - 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Hello, Charles,

    Thanks for writing. No, I’m not French, but my love for France started when I lived there as a young teen. My European heritage comes from many countries that were enemies of Napoleon: Austria, Wales, and Spain–plus some Irish for good measure. I’ve probably read tens of thousands of pages of his writing and writing about him! Thank you for your support.

    All the best,

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