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Paris Day Trip :
Château de Fontainebleau

Day-Trip to Fontainebleau from Paris
Less celebrated than Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte or certain chateaux of the Loire valley such as Chambord, the
fontainebleau castle chateauchateau de Fontainebleau is nevertheless equally interesting and magnificent. Take a full day to visit the chateau, and then lose yourself in the neighbouring forest as well, one of the most beautiful locations for those looking to escape the capital for a day. At just 60km from Paris the forest was one of the most favoured hunting reserves for French royalty since the 16th century. At the behest of François 1st the area was transformed into a royal palace in an appropriately flamboyant 16th century style. The work was carried out by a troop of Italian artists commissioned by the King. Amongst them Rosso il Fiorentino, a student of Michelangelo, was responsible for creating several extraordinary frescoes.
Highlights in the history of the palace include; the birth of Louis XIII in 1601, the revoking of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and the marriage of Louis XV in 1725. Napoleon and Louis-Philippe also spent small fortunes here on maintenance and the occasional holiday. The central court is nicknamed La Cour des Adieux (the court of goodbyes) in homage to Napoleon who came here to say goodbye to his reign before his final exile.
Practical informations
Take the train from Gare de Lyon (journey of around 45 minutes). At the Gare de Fontainebleau take the green bus, line A will take you direct to the chateau.


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