Took the train up north to Uppsala, which takes about 40 minutes from central Stockholm to enjoy a change of scenery during a day trip.
The city has a small town feel and walking along the river Fyris is quite charming.
The well-known twin towers of Uppsala Cathedral can be seen in the distance.
さようなら (goodbye) Tokyo. ✈ Final destination: Stockholm ✈. Currently listening to ♪ Fly by GOT7 ♬ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4vFviZ4qw0.
I’m back home in Tokyo for a spontaneous, unplanned and quick jaunt. It’s sakura (cherry blossom) season, which is my absolute favorite time to be in Tokyo as the city turns pink in celebration with beautiful sakura decorations and sakura snacks.
Hinamatsuri (girl’s day) coincides and the decorations are lovely.
Sakura themed snacks to celebrate hinamatsuri (girl’s day).
Yum, even the seasonal sakura blossom frappuccino topped with maple whipped cream and sakura chocolate shavings is back for a limited time only! I’m rarely in town when it’s available, so I’ll be sure to get my fill.
While still in Fontainebleau, I visited Château de Fontainebleau – one of the largest French royal châteaux. It was a sovereign residence for eight centuries where the Capétiens, Valois, Bourbons, Bonaparte and Orléans, all members of French ruling dynasties lived. Therefore the palace offers a unique mix of interior fashions and styles.
This includes the Empire style, which was trending during Napoleon Bonaparte’s reign. Personally, I prefer the earlier and more exuberant styles of the Baroque or Rococo movements, which the palace has stunning examples of.
My initials L.N. take center stage in a large stained glass window. Haha, perhaps I should make a claim for the palace! No doubt I’d make a great custodian.
A glimpse inside part of the throne room of Napoleon (former bedroom of the King).
Fontainebleau is roughly a 45 minute train journey from the Paris Gare de Lyon station. It has a charming small town feel with cute specialty corner shops stocked with decadent macaroons, pâtisserie, tea, honey, fromage (cheese).
Macaroons at Boulangerie Pâtisserie Dardonville Fontainebleau.
Mouth-watering French fromage (cheese).
A trek through the rainy gardens of Versailles led me to discover the Grand Trianon château, a palace of dreamy pink marble and porphyry.
On my walk from the Grand Trianon to the Petit Trianon I passed through what seemed like a charming little village, far less ostentatious than the exquisite palaces.
Fueling my garden adventure was earlier sustenance that took the form of some delicious Angelina pâtisserie, washed down with the infamous Angelina chocolat chaud (hot chocolate). Sugar rush galore!
When I reached the Petit Trianon château it had me wondering where the delicious count Axel von Fersen or rather Jamie Dornan was hiding?!?! Ah, I’m a total sucker for Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette (2006) with its stunning mise-en-scène, costumes, etc. – j’adore.
The initials M.A. for Marie Antoinette in the wrought iron stair railing.
Even the door, knob and lock were works of art.