The Chateau de Fontainebleau

With the beautiful weather, it was the perfect time to go on a day trip to the Chateau de Fontainebleau with two of my friends. We didn’t know much about the chateau but were intrigued enough to climb aboard the train for an hour to get there.

It turned out to the perfect day trip. A picnic lunch. A history lesson. And a bunch of laughs.

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Presumably the ‘blue fountain’ the Chateau was named after? May 2016
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The Library of Fontainebleau, May 2016

The Chateau de Fontainebleau was owned by many important figures throughout the centuries, and each had their own ideas of what it should look like. Notable owners include Francis I, Louis XII to Louis XVI, Napoleon and Napoleon III. The Chateau became a hodgepodge of all their ideas, with each addition denoted by adding their coat of arms or insignia.

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The salamander of Francis I. Yes, salamander.
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The Ballroom, Chateau de Fontainebleau, May 2016

The building itself contains many different styles, but so do the gardens. Although there are traditional French gardens, they also included an English garden and of course left a large swath of land untouched for hunting grounds.

lake
Constructed lake, May 2016
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