Trois-Ilets

Overview

Introduction

History buffs may want to visit the estate just outside Trois-Ilets, Martinique, where Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon I, spent time as a child. (She may well have been born there—as island residents say—though the island of St. Lucia also claims to be Josephine's birthplace.)

Part of her original home has been restored and converted into the Musee de la Pagerie, which contains furniture (including Josephine's childhood bed) and memorabilia (invitations to the great balls in Paris, a love letter from the emperor, a bust of the empress, a lock of her hair). The museum can be reached from Fort de France by taxi, bus or by way of an enjoyable 20-minute ferry ride across the bay to Pointe du Bout, where you can catch a taxi to the estate.

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