Château de Fontainebleau, France. January 2015.
Although not as glittering and well-kempt as the more famous Palace of Versailles, the Château de Fontainebleau has a somewhat haunting sort of charm. It might be because there are fewer people milling about, which actually allows you to stick around long enough to appreciate the rooms and everything, or maybe the semi shabby-chic state of the palace lends to it that sort of feeling of having come from some bygone era.
It’s kind of a photographer’s (or Instagrammer’s) dream, because look at all these tourist-free shots.
This photo below is about as crowded as it got
All around, so many gorgeous details
Outside, a somewhat frozen and bleak scene
There was also this tiny chapel at one end of the palace which hasn’t been completely fixed up yet, but it was still eerie and beautiful.
And what little kid didn’t want a huge, gorgeous library like the one Beast gave Belle? And this one’s got one of those cool wooden atlases too.
One such clock that could belong in The Burrow, or anywhere in the Harry Potter universe, basically.
Those geometric ‘marble’ walls were actually painted on.
Freezing lakeside lunch while feeding the pigeons and the ducks
You can see they are an organization of sorts
French baguette and Roquefort Papillon blue cheese
The exterior of that tiny chapel
Windy and cold. Secret Garden vibes.
You can reach Château de Fontainebleau from Paris by taking a train from Gare de Lyon (Fontainebleau-Avon stop, about 45 minutes away from Paris), then take bus 1 to Château de Fontainebleau (we didn’t really know which stop it would be but a safe bet would be to get off the bus when a bunch of other people who look like tourists do).