CHÂTEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU
Fontainebleau is an hour and a half outside of Paris. Because it is further and less famous than Versailles it is a little less crowded but just as significant and opulent.
The Château de Fontainebleau can proudly claim to have been a sovereign residence for eight centuries. Capétiens, Valois, Bourbons, Bonaparte and Orléans, all members of French ruling dynasties, have lived within these walls. Kings and queens, emperors and empresses have all striven to make their own improvements to the château built around the original keep. The estate quickly became a huge palace in which many momentous historical events have been played out.
Private music lesson. Here. At. Fontainebleau.
Things to know:
- Strollers are not allowed inside the palace. They have a coat room/locker room where they can be stored.
- Period costume rentals are available for your visit through the palace. They come in children and adult sizes.
- There is a small train does a 45-minute tour around the gardens for a few euros. I recommend taking it. The grounds are so vast that you won't get even halfway through on your feet.
- There is a Berthillon adjacent to the gardens. I recommend getting their luxury crème glacée. It is a much shorter line here than in Paris.
- You can also rent a boat and row around the pond. Your call.
- If you want to see all the galleries, apartments, chapels, courtyards and gardens, plan to spend the entire day there.
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