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Fontainebleau

 

 

 

The Thinker

Dead Napoleon

Napoleon's Tomb


Set off on the train this morning to Fontainebleau. We visited the Chateau Fontainebleau, built by Francois I in 1524. Wings were added on by several kings. LouisXIII was born here, LouisXV was married here and Napoleon was baptized here. General George Patton used it as his headquarters on the way to Berlin. This is where Napoleon met with the Pope before his coronation and where he gave his abdication speech. It is huge and elaborate and we only saw the part that is open to the public!

When we finished our tour it was pouring rain (90%) forecast. It was the first day since we have been here. The rain had stopped after lunch and we headed off to the Rodin Museum. Most of the large statues are outdoors in the garden. By the time we reached The Thinker it was raining hard again. Toured inside and the rain stopped and we headed over to Napoleon's Tomb. Quite large and the building is rather ornate. I wonder if Napoleon is really in it! Did a short tour of the War Museum. Verne wanted to see the WWI and WWII sections but said it wasn't what he thought it would be!

We are pretty good at getting around on the Metro, even with making transfers!



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