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French Countryside Vacance – Chartres – Fontainebleau

 Still Day Two – Can you believe it?

Covering a lot of Territory in Two Days,   but that’s because we have a CAR!!!   As you know, I’m in a bit of heaven driving in the countryside after no car/driving for 7 months!   Whooooooo hooooooo!

If you want to visit Napoleon’s LIFE, the life he would have you believe was the most important, Then visit FONTAINEBLEAU. (If you want to visit the “in love with Josephine life” than visit Malmaison, their country estate) Fontainebleau is where Napoleon lived after he crowned himself emperor. The Musee Napoleon houses a massive exhibition on the Bonaparte family.  What I didn’t realize is that there were more books written on Napoleon (with the exception of  Jesus Christ).    Hmmmmmm. Fascinating.

Fontainebleau is a  favourite weekend getaway for Parisians, as well as for the historical château de Fontainebleau, which once belonged to the kings of France.  It is also renowned for the large and scenic forest of Fontainebleau.

I won’t go into the “made for many movie specials” history, instead, click on the blue links.

 An Historical trivial moment  – in the photo below (slideshow) David and I  are standing by the staircase. This is where  Napolean bid farewell to his troops before being forced into exile on the Island of Elba and also is the exact spot where his remains were returned before they were sent to Invalides for final burial.  If you haven’t visitied Napoleon’s Tomb at Invalides – it is a magnificant memorial.

Another piece of trivia:  It is a fact that Napoleon introduced many innovations, notably the DECIMAL SYSTEM.    I bet you always wanted to know who invented that, right?   🙂

Everything else in this elegant town defers to the spectacular palace in its parkland of woodlands, lakes and landscaped gardens.  A discreet plaque acknowledges John D Rockefeller Jr’s generous funding of the palace restoration in the 1920’s.

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