Fontainebleau, the Wonderland of French Kings

Fontainebleau is a temporary palace of French kings for the purpose of entertainment, especially hunting. Also, this palace is one of the most important ones during the French renaissance after its reconstruction then. Napoleon has put the pope in captivity, but he was also forced to abdicate right in this palace.

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Transportation

Fontainebleau is far away from Paris. To be exact, it is 65 kilometers away from downtown Paris. Therefore, for the visitors living in Paris like us, the best way to get there is taking a train.

However, it is not very easy for visitors who do not speak French to figure out the procedure. At first, we went to the subway station. Since it was our first time taking a subway in Paris, we asked a guy waiting for the subway there as well in case we got on the wrong one. Getting off the subway, the train station, Gare de Lyon, was right above us, but we could not figure out which way it was to get upstairs.

After many problems like finding the place to buy tickets and the right train on time, we finally got on the train. There were three stops between Gare de Lyon and Fontainebleau-avon. Here is some pictures which I took on the train.

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The Cafe

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We reached the town of Fontainebleau, a small and quiet town comparing to many tourist attractions. It was approaching noon, so we had a drink at cafe near the train station.

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The Town

We didn’t take the bus to the palace. Instead, we went there on foot, so we need to go across the town.

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We had to admit that the best way to know a place is by walking. On our way, I saw many families and their houses, which gave me a deep understanding of their slow and relaxing life.


The Forest

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Fontainebleau is surrounded by forest, and spending half an hour rambling in the forest made us all in a good mood. The time in the forest flew so fast that we did not even realize that we were at the end of the forest.


The Moat

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When we went out of the palace, we were all impressed by the moat. The water was very clear connecting to the sky perfectly. There were several ducks swimming on it, and everything looked really peacefully.


The Garden

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The garden consists of many flower beds and a pond with a fountain in it. From the garden, we had a clear view of the palace as a whole.


The Palace

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We entered the palace from the backyard. Down the winding road, we saw a very pretty statue of Artemis (or Diana), in charge of hunting. The goddess looked very perfect here because Fontainebleau is also a palace for French kings in terms of hunting.

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This is a picture of Cour du Cheval Blanc. In 1814, before Napoleon was exiled to Elba Island, he had bid goodbye to his guards on this staircase right in front of us. Therefore, it is also called Cour des Adieus.

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A couple was taking wedding photos here.

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Although there are not a lot visitors everyday in Fontainebleau comparing to the palace of Versailles, we were still in a long queue because it was afternoon. After rending an audioguide, we went from rooms to rooms following the route.

Many artists from different time period were involved with the design of this palace. We saw many bedrooms, reception room, and galleries in different styles, but all of them were resplendent and magnificent.

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Coming out of the palace, we had a view of it as a whole again and a lake at a different angle before leaving.

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