Chateau Fontainebleau

Whenever I’m in Paris, I’ve stopped by the Palace of Versailles. Last time was no different. However, instead of seeing the same places every single time (i.e., Louvre, Notre Dame, etc.), I decided to head to Fontainebleau for a change of pace.

We reached Fontainebleau from Paris via train and bus. Of course, in an unfamiliar place, it is easy to be hyper vigilant about not missing the stop. Basically, when all the other tourists head off the bus, follow suit.

Unlike Versailles, there was no line to go inside. We walked straight through the gates and showed the Paris Museum Pass at the entrance.

Fontainebleau Chateau Museum

Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 500, 31mm, f/8.0, 1/100s

The day started off quite dry. However, by late afternoon, we saw storm clouds overhead and experienced a little fall of rain.


Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 100, 32mm, f/16, 3.0s

Inside the Chateau, you can visit the Empress’ Chinese Museum. The collection is not extensive, but you can walk through three rooms of packed full of treasures, some of which came from the sacking of the Summer Palace in Beijing.

Empress' Chinese Museum

In other rooms, you bear witness to the pure opulence of imperial France from the richly upholstered furnishings to the walls and ceilings encrusted in art.


Napoleon’s throne, of course. Dark room, no tripod, grin and bear it. ISO 6,400 it is—noise and all.

Napoleon's Throne

Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 6400, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/100s

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