Getting to Fontainebleau

 

Getting to Fontainebleau took awhile by train but defiantly worth the wait.  We went by train from Paris’ Gare de Lyon towards Montereau from the Fontainebleau-Avon station, took a bus that goes to the chateau.  Approximately an hour later we arrived in the town of Fontainebleau.

Chateau de Fontainebleau was amazing! I really can’t decide if I like Versailles or Fontainebleau better.  Both castles were glamorous hunting lodges for the French Kings.

Napoleon lived in this chateau along with welcoming the Pope during his stay to France.  In 1528, the Renaissance King Francois I was inspired during his travels to Italy to have an Italian palace.  He hired many artists and architectures to build the chateau.

Inside this chateau I was able to see all kind of the galleries de peintures (artworks), the appartement des chasses (hunting apartment), chambers (petit  & grand appartements), the galerie des cerfs (the stag gallery), the galerie de meubles (furniture gallery), the chapelle de trinite (trinity chapel) and the sale des colones (columns room).  

Outside I was able to see the jardin de Diane (Diane garden), the jardin Anglais (English garden), the grand Parterre (largest formal garden) and the park (1,200 metre-long canal). The layout of the parks and gardens was defiantly a sight to see.

This chateau is considered one of the largest royal residences remaining in Europe.  Here are some pictures to understand what I’m talking about. Enjoy!!!

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