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#1: Flowers at Invalides Author: hpdeskjetteLocation: S'pore PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 1:12 am
Going to Paris soon!! Cool

Will try my best to visit Napolean's Tomb and thought I'd offer him flower's on Joey's behalf.

In one of the Chalet books it is mentioned that Joey tries unsuccessfully to throw flowers over a gate (?!?). Was there any mention of what flowers they were?

Also, are flower offerings still disallowed today?


#2:  Author: JayBLocation: SE England PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 1:28 am
I can't recall if the specific flowers are mentioned in the book, but violets are the flower most associated with Napoleon.

Have a good trip.

#3:  Author: Alison HLocation: Manchester PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:31 am
Can't remember any specific mention of flowers in the books but, as Jay says, violets are the flowers usually associated with Napoleon - he put then on Josephine's grave, and IIRC they were used as a kind of code to let people know he'd returned from Elba.

I've been to see his tomb, but I'm not a great fan of his so it never occurred to me to take flowers. It's a nice idea to take flowers on Joey's behalf though, and I can't see why anyone would object.

Enjoy Paris Very Happy !

#4:  Author: JayBLocation: SE England PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 12:08 pm
Here's the bit from School At. It wasn't the leaving of flowers that got Joey into trouble, it was the fact that she threw them and hit a guide. I wonder how old Joey was when her devotion to Napoleon began, as she says she 'always' leaves flowers for him, implying that she's done it more than once before.
‘Is he buried here?’ asked Grizel.
‘No, in the Invalides,’ replied Jo, who was an enthusiastic admirer of the great Emperor. ‘We’ll go and see his tomb. But I must get some flowers. I always put them there to show that someone remembers him.’
‘A good many people remember him besides you,’ said her sister drily. ‘ He’s not exactly in danger of being forgotten. And for goodness’ sake, Jo, don’t make the scene you made last time!’
‘I only threw the flowers over the railings,’ protested Jo.
‘I know what you did all right! If only you hadn’t been standing at the corner, and if only you could throw straight, it wouldn’t have mattered! As it was, you nearly let us in for imprisonment under the impression that you were flinging bombs about!’
‘If the idiot guide had ducked it would have been all right!’ retorted Joey.
‘How was he to know you were going to throw flowers about in that way? Of course, if he’d realised, I dare say he would have ducked, and then Guardian would have been saved an expensive pour-boire! If you want to put flowers on Napoleon’s tomb to-day, you must be content with pushing them through the railings as far as you can.'

And later:
At the church of the Invalides [Grizel] did rouse to enthusiasm over Napoleon; but it was only temporary, and she stared at Joey when that faithful devotee pushed a few sprays of lilies of the valley between the railings that surround the famous Emperor’s tomb.

#5:  Author: LindsayLocation: Sheffield/Kidderminster PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 12:28 pm
Enjoy Paris! I've been a few times but the one place I've not yet managed to visit is Les Invalides, although I really want to because I love military history.

#6:  Author: Laura VLocation: Czech Republic PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:50 pm
Hello there hpdeskjette! I wrote a drabble about this little episode called The Trouble with Lilies ( Wink ). I used the lily as its associated with the deceased but I don't believe EBD ever mentioned which flowers Joey specifically threw!

#7:  Author: RóisínLocation: Gaillimh PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:57 pm
Bon voyage!

#8:  Author: hpdeskjetteLocation: S'pore PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:03 pm

Sadly I did not get to visit Napolean! Sad Everything was closed on New Year's Day (the day I planned to visit). However, will be going back in June and am determined to get in then.

The only question now is how to get pass the security check (apparently there are security checks)...

#9:  Author: Sarah_LLocation: Leeds PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:37 pm
I don't remember there being security checks when I went, just someone who wanted to see your ticket. That was two years ago now though, so i might have forgotten.

#10:  Author: PatLocation: Doncaster PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:32 pm
They'll only interested in scanning your bag and you - like giong through security at the airport. At keast that's what happened last year at St Peter's in Rome.

#11:  Author: hpdeskjetteLocation: S'pore PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 4:45 pm

Will find out when I get there.

Should like to see the faces of the guards when I tell them that I got flowers for Napoleon on behalf of a fictional character, if asked... something wrong with that sentence, but I'm sure you get the drift.

#12:  Author: Dreaming MarianneLocation: Second star to the right PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:13 pm
Dare you to chuck them in vague direction of guide (only if nice and soft of course!)

#13:  Author: hpdeskjetteLocation: S'pore PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:55 pm

And face preventive detention?!?

Oh that's a wicked dare!! Razz

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