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).
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.
Visited the breathtaking Château de Versailles and needless to say, I’m ready to relocate and move in for good come tomorrow! What an example of outstanding craftsmanship. Here are some of my snaps.
The Royal Chapel.
The Hall of Mirrors.
The first stop during my road trip was in Kalmar. It seems that I have not only traveled quite the distance but that I have also time traveled.
The history of Kalmar castle can be traced back to the 12th century, but it seems that I have traveled into the 16th century – when the medieval castle was redesigned to adopt Renaissance fashions, thus giving its current design.
As I was wandering the castle my imagination went wild. I imagined what life at Kalmar castle would have been like during the different centuries that it was actively being used. What scandals, intrigues and drama took place there? Did I mention that they had/have a dungeon?
The interiors featured beautifully preserved frescos.
Sparse interiors remain but there were still stunningly large and ornate tapestries, as well as portraits to be seen.
I now have some new ideas on how to accessorize a dining table. If only I knew where to get a beautiful peacock and swan to help decorate my own.
Detail of an interior ceiling.
The intimate and oh so charming chapel.
Decorated archway/tunnel as seen in the castle courtyard.