Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday 20 December - Fontainebleau

The recently restored clock tower at the Gare de Lyon.
A Mobolis ticket is really good for a trip to Fontainebleau as it covered the metro to Gare de Lyon, the RER out to Fontainebleau as well as the bus to and from the Chateau. 
This is a peak travel day and the Gare de Lyon was very busy. One interesting innovation in the new Hall 2 was a roped off area for kids with a number of things for them to do with crayons etc. There was an SNCF employee on hand to play with the kids.
We enjoy the parc and chose not to visit the château. The château is smaller than Versailles and the grounds are in scale.  Even so the place us enormous and the grounds very extensive. The reflections in the lake were good and the trees were interesting. Without their leaves it is possible to get a better idea of their form. It is difficult to believe that the English garden was built in the 1700s. It felt cold here, colder than Paris, and we didn't stay too long before returning to Paris.

This "small house" is a gate house
Dinner was at le P'tit Canon. Friendly service and excellent food.

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