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July 2, 2015

Fontainebleau royal and imperial castle of France

This is a wonderful castle in a very nice town in department 77 Seine-et-Marne; Fontainebleau , royal and imperial castle town of France. It was my first castle visited in France ever going back to 1990 when my now wife introduce me to her region.

the tourist office of the city and the castle are here  and

We arrive by car knowing the construction, came by the A6 and cut off at the D637 connect just north of Barbizon with the D607 to Fontainebleau. The parking was done at our usual place almost empty in parking chateau across from the castle at place Général de Gaulle. And we walk.

Early arrival we went by the city and then the gardens and then the castle. This is a huge property not enough to do one blog entry on it, but anyway , I always leave the intrigue for you, giving you a bit to tell you without given the end of the movie.

We walk along bd magenta and bd du Maréchal Juin, and up Rue de France, along rue Dénecourt that continues to  Rue Grande up to rue Aristides Briand into place du Général Patton. Back to bd du Maréchal Joffre back to ave de Verdun into rue de la Paroisse   , and rue Victor Hugo and rue des Sablons all wonderful full of shops, restos, bars etc.

We saw the church Saint Louis, and came into the jardin de Diane by the back of the castle and out into the Place d’Armes. Then finally , we hit for lunch ::) We went to one central we had not been as usually we came by the day and had our meals at family nearby. This time in town all day, we ate at the Au Délice Imperial at 1 Rue Grande, tel +33 (0) 1 64 22 20 70. They have a huge dessert center where 3 pastry chefs change each day the menu of this house founded in 1889. At the side of the restaurant, they is a small fast food place for sandwiches etc, and you can take home too. We had several beers, coffees, two desserts for each, milk shake, tagliatelle bolognaise, burger dish, and 3 roasted pork dishes all for 23.75€ per person. They are on the tourist office page but this one tells you some nice reviews as well and I used to write on a site they purchase,

We, therefore, had the energy to hit the castle inside and out.  You entered the grand grill door and to your right it is now the ticket office. We did not purchase in advance as wanted the full tourist feel of the place. The entry was easy , behind this building you have the English garden.  you walk inside all along the rooms into the fountain courtyard or place de la fontaine with the horseshoe on the other side of the building and in front of the carp lake which has adjoining the grand parterre. Inside the golden gate you come into the Oval courtyard and beyond the cour des offices.  Outside facing the Diana garden  you have canopy building and a passage way to the main courtyard, here is the jeu de paume, the oldest in France.
The Chinese museum is exotic, the Napoléon I museum is fantastic, the new Pope’s apartments are interesting, as well as the grand or large apartments and the Madame Maintenon apartments are nice.  You see the small apartments and the Josephine ‘s private life apartments.  All the way in the back past the grand parterre you have the White Gate and the city and the town of Avon. In all a wonderful castle you should see it, a must while visiting France.
Again, come and see it and write about it, I am not good at narratives. Enjoy Fontainebleau. Cheers
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