Fontainebleau: The Closed Palaces

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Tuesday Morning I set out on my last day trip of my adventure, heading to Fontainebleau. In the middle of the 12th Louis VII built a hunting lodge and chapel in the town. Philip the Fair was not only born here in 1268 but also was the place of his death in 1314. From Louis VI (the Fat) to Napoleon III 34 of the sovereigns spent time in Fontainebleau.

Eventually the country house or lodge, was transformed into a true Royal Palace in the 15th century. Many renovations changed the shape of the palace throughout the subsequent centuries. It most notably was one of the favorite residences of Napoleon, whose rooms are still on display. That is they are display every day of the week but Tuesdays.

This meant that I was denied access to the interior of the palace, but was able to roam around the  gardens for which the palace is renown. Some might say bad luck, but it was such a beautiful day that I rather preferred to spend it strolling around outside.

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At the end of the day, I headed back into the city to meet up with Morgane for dinner. We traveled back to Tibo’s sister’s apartment where they were staying until they could move into their new flat. We attempted to get into the Chateau near her house, but unfortunately it had previously closed.  Instead, we headed to the supermarket and prepared our own feast celebrating her first day at back at work and Tibo’s first day back in the water.  There is nothing better than reconnecting with friends that you have not seen in a while, no matter how brief the visit is. But as I previously mentioned I will be traveling back to Paris the first weekend of November, so it will not be too long before we are reunited!!!

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The following morning I headed to the airport Beauvais, which is about an hour away from Paris by bus. The flight was absolutely ridiculously cheap, but I do not think that it is an experience I would like to repeat. On the firsthand it is a hub of RyanAir, where one terminal is devoted to the airline. They are scrupulous looking for any and every way to make an extra dollar. We all know this, but it is exaggerated when they make you weigh your carryon, prove twice it fits within their compartment checker, the list goes on. Secondly, our plane was delayed 6 and a half hours in an airport without wifi connections and we were not allowed to sit within the terminal where there was food, but were forced to wait outside. Flight delays happen with all airlines and happen all the time, but I think in the future I will steer clear of this airport.

This marks the end of my wandering travels throughout Europe. It was an amazing journey through 8 cities and 3 countries, full of many adventures that I will never forget. I am so thankful that I was able to reconnect with so many loved ones, and see so much more of this vast world.

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