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French road trip part 6: Fontainebleau

Chateau de Fontainebleau

Whilst we were staying at the Chateau d’Augerville during our French road trip, we planned to visit Fontainebleau. Located only a half hour drive away from our rural hotel, we thought it would make a nice trip out.

After driving past the Chateau de Fontainebleau when we entered the town and seeing how impressive it was, we couldn’t miss getting a closer look at it.

First, we wandered into Le jardin de Diane. The English-style garden was located in the large grounds of the chateau.

Le jardin de Diane Fontainebleau

Presuming it would just be a very small garden next to the chateau, we were pleasantly surprised. Several meandering paths took us through very well kept and peaceful gardens containing statues, a fountain and grand buildings.

Visiting fairly early in the morning meant that we were lucky to find the gardens pretty quiet. I can imagine that they would get very busy later in the day.

Le jardin de Diane Fontainebleau

Fountain in Le jardin de Diane Fontainebleau

The fountain was quite a focal point.

Fountain in Le jardin de Diane Fontainebleau

Le jardin de Diane Fontainebleau

We found a path which led us through to the front of the chateau.

Chateau de Fontainebleau

Chateau de Fontainebleau

I wore clothes that would keep me as cool as possible for most of this trip. During most of our holiday, it was extremely warm and walking everywhere in the hot sun didn’t help matters!

Chateau de Fontainebleau

Dan tried something different on the camera and I’m not sure what he did but it worked a treat to show a panoramic view of the front of the chateau.

Chateau de Fontainebleau

We went to take a closer look at the ornately decorated black and gold entrance gates.

Chateau de Fontainebleau

Chateau de Fontainebleau black and gold entrance gates

Standing in front of the gates, the chateau looked very impressive with it’s grand horseshoe-shaped staircase and immaculate formal gardens.

Chateau de Fontainebleau

You can look around the inside of the chateau for a fee, but to look around the gardens was free. Similarly to many attractions in France, admission to the chateau is free on the first Sunday of each month (apart from in July and August). I’ve discussed additional money-saving tips for French holidays in my 5 ways to save money when visiting France post.

We chose to miss looking inside in favour of browsing the nearby shops. Of course, we also wanted to get back to the hotel early for a bistro lunch followed by plenty of time in the luxury spa on our last day there. Who wouldn’t!

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