Day Trip to Uppsala, Part I

Uppsala, SwedenTook the train up north to Uppsala, which takes about 40 minutes from central Stockholm to enjoy a change of scenery during a day trip.

Uppsala SwedenThe city has a small town feel and walking along the river Fyris is quite charming.

Uppsala Sweden

Uppsala SwedenThe well-known twin towers of Uppsala Cathedral can be seen in the distance.

Uppsala Sweden


Tokyo’s Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Season

Tokyo CityscapeI’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.

Sakura seasonHinamatsuri (girl’s day) coincides and the decorations are lovely.

Sakura, Hinamatsuri snacksSakura themed snacks to celebrate hinamatsuri (girl’s day).

Sakura themed food

Sakura Cherry Blossom FrappuccinoYum, 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.

Château de Fontainebleau

Palace of Fontainebleau InteriorWhile 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.

Palace of Fontainebleau InteriorThis 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.

Palace of Fontainebleau InteriorMy 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.

Château de FontainebleauChapel.

Fontainebleau Castle Interior

Fontainebleau Castle Interior

Fontainebleau Castle Interior

Fontainebleau Castle Interior

Fontainebleau Castle InteriorTapestry room.

Fontainebleau Castle InteriorQueen’s bedroom.

Fontainebleau Castle InteriorA glimpse inside part of the throne room of Napoleon (former bedroom of the King).

Fontainebleau Castle Throne Room

Château de FontainebleauPalace exterior.

City Break – Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau, FranceFontainebleau 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).

Boulangerie Pâtisserie Dardonville J.P GauthéMacaroons at Boulangerie Pâtisserie Dardonville Fontainebleau.

Fontainebleau, France

French CheeseMouth-watering French fromage (cheese).

French Cheese Shop

French Cheese Shop


Fontainebleau, France

Grand Trianon & Petit Trianon

Grand Trianon at VersaillesA trek through the rainy gardens of Versailles led me to discover the Grand Trianon château, a palace of dreamy pink marble and porphyry.

Grand Trianon at Versailles

Grand Trianon Interior, Versailles

Grand Trianon Interior

Grand Trianon Interior

Grand Trianon Versailles

VersaillesOn 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.

Angelina at VersaillesFueling 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!

Petit Trianon VersaillesWhen 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.

Petit Trianon Interior DetailThe initials M.A. for Marie Antoinette in the wrought iron stair railing.

Petit Trianon Interior

Petit Trianon Interior DetailEven the door, knob and lock were works of art.

Petit Trianon Interior

Garden of Versailles