Château de Fontainebleau


Last week we went on a day trip to visit Le Château de Fontainebleau. I had never before seen photos, so wasn’t quite sure what to expect but the image in my head was somewhat of a small castle in a little Paris suburb. How wrong I was, the castle was HUGE! As were the grounds, all perfectly trimmed, square lakes with swans gliding along, preened cone shaped bushes and a horse and cart to complete this idealistic little spot.

It took us a while to get there as we missed our train with a ticket fiasco, then had to wait for a bus from the station to the Château, but eventually we arrived and found a little patch of grass to eat our picnic. Annoyingly there was a grass warden so we were soon bustled inside the Château. It was beautiful inside, the rooms were magnificent, such grandeur and luxury, chandeliers in every room, gold lacquered ceilings, ball rooms, murals, tapestries…. I could go on. I was amazed by it, but it really made me even more excited to visit Versailles which is I’ve heard even more grand and exquisite. At the end of the day we went on a little boat trip and had dinner at a little italian place in the village.


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