Morning trip to the atmospheric Chateau du Fontainebleu
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Yeah, so the countdown is officially on.... I'm leaving Paris. And now, it's all beginning to catch up.
When I started planning this trip to France, I originally wanted to spend all of my time outside of Paris. And when in Paris, I was just thinking of day trips outside. It's of course, a different story that I ended up spending a lot of time in Paris which I loved as well, but during the trip planning, the 2 must-see day trips were Fontainebleu and Versailles. The books also say see Fontainebleu first, as it doesn't hold a torch against Versailles. There's really not a lot of history here - Fontainebleu is conveniently located near acres of forest and as a result, has long been a favourite haunt of many a King through the years.
The biggest problem of getting to Fontainebleu is actually getting to it. it takes about one hour on train, the frequencies are not a whole lot and we ended up getting confused too in the railway station, had a hard time finding the Information desk to buy a ticket, etc etc. All in all, a big mess. We eventually reached Fontainebleu around 11am and headed for the bus to take us to the Chateau. This is no small town, no it isn't. it's a fully developed town all right, and obviously school season was in full swing if the crowd was anything to go by.
Like Cheverney, I found this chateau very colourful - the same Italian style, lots of paintings, painted ceilings, the ornate bedrooms and bathrooms, etc. But it also had a deja vu feel about it. To me, the best part was stepping outside - this was really a French chateau at its best. Nothing spectacular, but it did its job. The same lovely shot of the chateau from the water, the statue in the courtyard, the lined cut trees and the garden with the spectacular fountains just staring head on to 20,000 sq. ft of forest. The weather was abit cool (albiet still sunny) but all in all, made a very good visit. I wish we had more time to just wander around, but sadly, it was 1pm already and Versailles was calling.