Bust of Josephine in the gardens of her childhood estate, before she married Napoleon.
After a morning spent shopping, as everyone needed clothing, we then spent the afternoon sightseeing.
We began with the Musee de la Pagerie, otherwise known as the birthplace and home of Empress Josephine, Napoleon’s first wife. So yes we were back on the Napoleon trail again this year after our visit to his home he was exiled to in St Helena where he died. Empress Josephine formerly known as Marie-Joseph-Rose Tascher de la Pagerie lived on the La Pagerie estate for the first 16 years of her life. The estate , with its 300 slaves produced cotton, coffee, indigo and of course sugar. Josephine’s home is in ruins with little more than the foundations still in existence, the kitchen still exists and has been turned into a small, but interesting museum with portraits, death masks, Josephine’s stockings and other artifacts.
The kitchen which was once used to serve food for Josephine’s family stands behind the foundations of where her house once stood. The kitchen now serves as a small museum.
Inside the museum are paintings, china from the time, a replica of Josephine’s childhood bed and other memorabilia.
The remains of the old sugar mill on the La Plagerie Estate.
Musee de la Pagerie Information
Hours – Open Tues – Sat – 9 am to 4.30 pm
Price – Adult €5/child €2
Contact number – 0596 68 38 34