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Tango0125 Sep 2020 10:37 p.m. PST

Hope you enjoyed it!



Duc de Brouilly25 Sep 2020 11:19 p.m. PST

That is just fabulous! Was lucky to visit many years ago. I love the 'old-fashioned' way in which the collection is displayed. It really makes the refurbished galleries at Musee de l'Armee look anodyne. And the National Army Museum in Chelsea? Well, it isn't worth mentioning these days.

PaulB25 Sep 2020 11:45 p.m. PST

Wow, now that's what I call a museum

Durban Gamer26 Sep 2020 3:53 a.m. PST

Many thanks for posting!

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2020 7:08 a.m. PST

Thanks heaps, Armand.


Tango0126 Sep 2020 11:44 a.m. PST

A votre service mes amis!. (smile)


Cavcmdr26 Sep 2020 7:04 p.m. PST

Good stuff.

ReallySameSeneffeAsBefore27 Sep 2020 9:43 a.m. PST

I went a few years ago and spent all day there- apart from a very agreeable lunch. It is an absolutely wonderful place.

Tango0127 Sep 2020 4:01 p.m. PST

Happy you enjoyed it my friend! (smile)



4th Cuirassier28 Sep 2020 1:17 a.m. PST

Does anyone know why it's even there?

It's now on my visit list when I finally go back to the south of France. It's near Martigues, where I used to stay, so along with Arles and another look at the Camargue flamingoes that's another activity cued up.

But: why's it even there??!

SHaT198428 Sep 2020 1:27 a.m. PST

Beause it was, or at least near, the family home of Raoul and Jean Brunon, two brothers who survived WWI and their 'family' collection of military artifacts became their lifelong passion.

Naturally as they aged I believe they looked for 'public' premises to display the collection, and Chateau de l'Emperi was a local government building (or tax seizure) that was donated to them by the town.

While they were alive they were the conservateurs and before his last voyage, one of the brothers arranged for the entire collection, and 'operation' to be passed formally to the Musee d'armee as a national treasure.

AT least thats what I recall from my croaky French translations and discussion from when… oh yeah… 1984!
regards d

+PS- There are Arles, Avignon, Chateauneuf, Nimes, Pont-du-Gard, Rhone Valley etc. as other major attractions all easily driveable to/ from Salon. Well, stop aways, but driveable. It was also the home of vanGogh remember.

ReallySameSeneffeAsBefore30 Sep 2020 1:27 p.m. PST

SHaT- you're right except about the two brothers- one survived and one didn't. They had been fascinated by militaria since they were kids, and the bulk of the collection was built up after the war with a poigniant element of sibling tribute.

You're also right that the surrounding area is wonderful.

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