A visit by my wonderful sister is always a treat after a thirty year separation; the more we see each other the more we find out that we have a vast amount in common. One of which is our love of gorgeous Château’s, so we had to take her to see Château des Milanders. I fell in love with Milanders from our first visit years ago and it never looses its charm. It was called “Sleeping Beauty Castle” in 1937 when Josephine Baker first looked at the Château, so it comes at no surprise that she rented and then purchased the Château in 1947.
A visit to the Château is like a journey through the genius of Josephine Baker, who lived with her husband, Joe Bouillon and their twelve children, adopted from all over the world. Through the fourteen fully furnished rooms you can see the famous “banana belt” and the magnificent costumes of Josephine’s stage performances. Not forgetting the very “diva” bathrooms that were designed just for her, one of which has gold leaf around the ceiling.
What is not commonly known is that Josephine worked extensively in the French Resistance and she was awarded various medals, one of which was the Legion of Honour. She was a passionate campaigner for human rights walking along side Martin Luther King in his various marchers in the USA.
My sister and I with Château Milandes in the background, we were not saying cheese to the camera, but saying “this is our home” – well maybe if we win the lottery, who knows.
One of the highlight’s of a visit is the birds of pray demonstrations held in the garden at the rear of the Château.
A magnificent falcon which flew around our heads several times before he got his treat, wonderful.
The Eagle Owl considering my camera
Here is my sister admiring the statue of Josephine Baker giving a hug to one of her children. The statue was unveiled in 2006 for the centenary of the birth of Josephine. It is to be found in front of the bus shelter that Josephine had built for the children to shelter while they waited for the school bus to arrive.
In the bus shelter are pictures of Josephine and her husband with their children.
The letters are from famous people to Josephine, one of whom was Charles de Gaul.
Events: – Daglan this Saturday and Sunday for the Antique Fair.