This beautiful chateaux if located about an hour by train outside of Paris and it was exquisite!
This picture is the only one that was not mine as I didn't have a wide angle lens and wanted to show you the beauty of this amazing place!
Many kings of France lived here and the first part of this chateaux is a history museum of Napoleon I, and it was extremely interesting to hear how he lived, how he traveled as a soldier, and his life story. My husband, who is a history professor was in all his glory to hear and see where someone he has studied about so much held power!
Please enjoy the tour of the chateaux and the grounds!!
Napoleon's actual attire!
the bed he slept in when out in the battlefields. He even brought along a wagon that was his wine cellar!
We took this train to see the gardens as it was about to rain so part of the ride was during a rain downpour but I think some of this images were absolutely beautiful!
this is one of my favorite pics with the ducks and the boats behind raindrops.
In between the chateaux and the garden tour we did stop in town for lunch. We had a big steaming bowls of mussels. They were absolutely delicious!
We shared a dessert, creme brulee- it was divine! Soooo good.
And a nice strong cup of espresso to finish it off! All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful day, even if it did rain like crazy during the garden tour. Because Fontainbleau is not as popular as Versailles, it was not crowded at all, most of the time we were in rooms by ourselves so we could really see everything and we had audio guides that told the whole story of the chateaux and the rise and fall of Napoleon. I learned so much that day about the history of the man and the chateaux and the architects that added as different kings came into power. As you can see, the buildings have different colors as they were added as time went along.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of Fontainbleau and if you are ever in France, please take the train and go to this gorgeous area. We will definitely go back to see the gardens on a nicer day!
Happy Sunday and thanks for enjoying my trip with me! It is so wonderful to relive it in pics!
a passing train as we head back into Paris
the quaint little town a few blocks away from the chateaux.