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

Fontainebleau, France