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Feb 25, 2016 - Paris, St. Germaine en Laye, Fontainbleau

Ah, the freedom of a monthly navigo pass. On Thursday, a cold and wet day, with a bit of a snow flurry, we boarded the RER A2 and went to St. Germaine En Laye to rendezvous with Hedwig, the third member of the jolly retired travelers, for a visit to the national museum of archaeology, housed in the chateau-vieux. The site of the chateau has a long history beginning in 1122. The knocking down, burning, rebuilding, renovating and demolishing of this chateau went on until 1682 when the royal court moved to Versailles. Jacques II, King of...

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May 10, 2013 - Fontainebleau: Napoleon's Gift to Posterity

We caught the P&O Ferry at Dover crossed the English Channel in about 1 1/2 hours and landed at Calais in France early this morning. While on board we ate an English breakfast including eggs, baked beans (they are actually like pork and beans without the pork and with a little heavier tomato sauce), hash browns and bacon. This is the slightly abbreviated version as I was not that hungry and passed on the sausage and fried toast. Then I spent the next hour and a half trying not to get sea sick as the Channel was rather choppy. I finally got...

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Nov 2, 2012 - Napoleon

Set off on the train this morning to Fontainebleau. We visited the Chateau Fontainebleau, built by Francois I in 1524. Wings were added on by several kings. LouisXIII was born here, LouisXV was married here and Napoleon was baptized here. General George Patton used it as his headquarters on the way to Berlin. This is where Napoleon met with the Pope before his coronation and where he gave his abdication speech. It is huge and elaborate and we only saw the part that is open to the public! When we finished our tour it was pouring rain (90%)...

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Out in Africa

Aug 24, 2008 - ecrins and font

we ran away from the bad weather in chamonix and did some excellent routes around annecy and in the ecrin massif; although the rock high up in the ecrin is very bad and not to be recommended. heading back to the uk via fontainebleau (guess what it's raining!) love liz and ian

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Apr 4, 2008 - More Cheese Than People.

Day 85. Friday 4/4. Paris, Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte, France. We had an early bus ride this morning, but Jim was our tour person. I just adore him, so that was a perfect change from Merick. First we went to this very ornate castle called Fontainbleau. We had a long tour there then ate a delicious meal outside in the sun! I think that my mood has been so much better lately with the warmer weather! AW, Gail, Laine, and I had an awesome hamburger for lunch too, which just reminds me of summer. Then we found some ice cream before...

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La Dolce Vita!



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