Girls’ trip to Fontainebleau

Thursday was actually the start of an epic four-day weekend here in France, and it just happened to coincide with a mini heat wave, so the past few days have truly felt like summer vacation, and it’s not even June yet! πŸ˜€

However, before I get into this weekend’s activities I wanted to start with a few pictures that I took last weekend from the top of Notre Dame, because the view was absolutely spectacular! If you’re willing to hike up 387 steps, I highly recommend it (and it’s free if you’re under 26!)

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A gargoyle staring longingly at the Eiffel Tower…
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View from the east side – it was strangely peaceful up there!

Then this week, late on Thursday morning, I met up with four of my girlfriends from UNESCO at Gare de Lyon for a little day trip to Fontainebleau! (Which, coincidentally, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). I had been to Fontainebleau before during my first fall break at Sciences Po, but it was nice to go again on a such a beautiful, cloudless day, and with such good company. πŸ™‚

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Leaving Gare de Lyon

It only took 40 minutes for us to reach the town of Fontainebleau, where we proceeded to buy lunch from a nice little bakery in the center of town. I was feeling very ambitious so I bought two whole quiche lorraines, which were very delicious and happily devoid of vegetables. πŸ™‚

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Yum!

Maybe it was all that sunshine, but once we reached the Chateau de Fontainebleau it was even more beautiful than I remembered! Last time I got the audio guide and attempted to absorb myself in the history of the place (Fontainebleau was the residence of the French kings and queens for more than 700 years!) but on this trip I decided to take my time and notice all the little details that make Fontainebleau so beautiful, while also snapping a lof of (unwanted) pictures of my friends. πŸ˜›

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The former main entrance to the chateau

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So much beautiful woodwork everywhere!
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The squad. πŸ˜›
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Symbols of royalty

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Nope, this is not a painting!
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Visitors staring at the ceiling of the Great Hall
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They were piping in music, so it was easy to imagine all the amazing parties they must have had here!
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Next time I’m wearing an evening gown too! πŸ˜€
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Not quite sure what is happening here…
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The humble throne of Napoleon, who abdicated (for the first time) here at Fontainebleau in 1814
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Ceiling of the royal chapel
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Putting the “chat” in chateau πŸ˜›
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Ugh I wish I knew someone who would like a cute Marie Antoinette Christmas ornament!

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We’ll be dropping our first album, “Les Filles de Fontainebleau”, soon. πŸ˜‰
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These fish were actually enormous!
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The fountain of Fontainebleau πŸ™‚

After walking through dozens of bedrooms, state rooms, grand halls and chapels, as well as the massive gardens, we were pretty exhausted! So we spent some time lying in the sun along a giant grassy canal that extends away from the chateau, before gathering our strength to search out some ice cream in town. The gelato place we found was amazing – it really tasted like authentic Italian gelato! I ordered a scoop of “violette” and a scoop of “vanille”, a word which I learned I have been pronouncing wrong for almost three years haha! I blame it one the fact that I order “chocolat” 99% of the time. πŸ˜›

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Delicious violette and VANILLE gelato πŸ˜›

All in all, it was simply a lovely day of chateau exploring and gelato-eating with some of my favorite girls. What more can you ask for? πŸ™‚

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