On our drive from Paris to Zurich, we decided to stop at Fontainebleau. What a good decision!! This chateau and the surrounding parks and gardens are absolutely breathtaking. Prior to visiting, I really didn't know what Fontainebleau was...It is a countryside chateau where kings, queens and french emperors (think Marie Antoinette, Napoleon...) lived and summered for the past 500+ years. The architecture takes your breath away. The furnishings, tapestries and artwork are spectacular and the vast majority are clearly original, as evidenced by wear. The chateau itself is massive -- you can easily spend a full day here. The Napoleon museum is worth a visit - don't miss his hat and coat. Get the 2 euro audio tour - you'll be glad you did. Make sure you leave ample time for the gardens...!
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