How are you enjoying the mid week? I'd like to be a bit random today so I'll rekindle my attachment with castles. During a road trip to visit numerous castles driving from the city of lights towards Loire Valley, we did a stopover in Fontainebleau, 55 kilometers from Paris. This tranquil town lies at the heart of a vast forest.
A stroll around the park is definitely a must. It's not crowded with tourists unlike Versailles, ideal for a peaceful hike, horseback riding and even an outdoor picnic. It ignites the romantic side within us all.
The chateau is open from 9:30AM to 5:00 PM from October to March. It's extended till 6:00 PM from April to September. Any day except Tuesdays and major holidays - Dec 25, Jan 1 and May 1.
Gardens are open everyday from 9AM to 5:00PM during November to February. They extend until 6:00PM during March, April and October and are open till 7:00 PM during the summer months of May to September.
There is so much to see within the Chateau grounds and is impossible to view in a day. You can get into the monument for free if you have a Paris Museum Pass.
Guess what, it was also the site where Lana del Rey's Born to Die MTV was filmed.
Curious to check out how the town of Fontainebleau is like during the day? Brasseries and cafes alive with the carousel at the town square, charming! I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
Do you think you would enjoy strolling and enjoying the weekend here?