Life and travel in France, 3 years & counting

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Château de Fontainebleau

So you have been to Paris before and you are sick of the crowd in Château de Versailles, why not try Château de Fontainebleau next time?FontainbleauFontainbleau

I will admit that the castle doesn’t look as grand as Versailles but the rooms inside are just as impressive.

Henry II, Henry IV, from Louis XIII to Louis XVI and Napoleon had all spent some time in the castle. It was once a favorite residence for the Kings because of the abundant game in the surrounding forest for hunting. The castle had undergone expansion and changes during the years to finally become how it is currently.

I can’t explain the history or function behind each of the room in the castle but let me show you some photos that I have taken…


After the visit of the castle, there is a huge garden for you to relax. You can even explore the forest in Fontainebleau if time allows.


The only downside may be transportation. Unlike Versailles, there is no direct train to go to Fontainebleau. Located at 55km southeast of Paris, you will need to take a train and then change to bus to go to Fontainebleau. It takes much longer than it should have but it is an excellent choice for a day trip out of Paris.

Bonne visite 🙂

2 comments on “Château de Fontainebleau

  1. Dana
    June 19, 2015

    I’ve always wanted to go to Fountainebleau! Thanks for your photos!


  2. dépaysement
    November 19, 2015

    I can tell you two things, from memory: the Salon Bleu/Salon Louis Treize is where Louis XIII was born, and its decorations are, apart from the later doors, the ones Henri IV had done to commemorate his son’s birth.

    The room now the Throne Room was previously the King’s bedroom, and the ceiling dates from late in Louis XIII’s reign.

    (Yes, he’s the sole reason I visited France, long ago.) 🙂


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