Sunday we headed to Fontainebleau. This was an adventure as we had to negotiate the Gare de Lyon and take a train. The original castle on the grounds dates back to 1137. Saint Louis founded a convent on the site in 1259 and the chapel still remains. In 1528 Francois I had buildings rebuilt on the medieval foundations. Various Kings have added on to the structure through the years. Per the guide,"Fontainebleau was the sovereign's retreat of choice for 8 centuries. The architecture and the decor bear witness to this uninterrupted devotion." Royals have been born there and Napoleon abdicated his thrown there. There is also a small Napoleon Museum.
It is out of Paris and not a lot of tourist were around which made it really nice.
|Napoleon's field bed|
|Napoleon's hat and coat|
|His field kit|
|This was a hall of painted plates. Each plate commemorated an event in the kings life.|
|Hall built by Francois I|
|Hall built by Henry IV|
|The Diana Gallery (goddess Diana) This now houses over 16,000 volumes of books belonging to Napoleon|
|Marie Antoinette's bedchamber|
|Marie's mother of pearl desk. This photo does not do it justice. It is beautiful.|
|The room where Napoleon signed his abdication papers.|
|Thomas Becket consecrated this chapel for Louis VII|