My second day in Paris was a long one starting with a typical breakfast of croissants and pan au chocolat. Washed down with peppermint tea, we were ready to take on the day. It was another scorcher with clear blue skies and a lovely high temperature. We set off on the road to Château de Fontainebleau. Yes – you might be wondering why I visited two castles on a 3 day trip however we wanted to visit places that weren’t as touristy. As the palaces are as grand and extravagant as the next, there’s always more to explore. This particular Château is a bit further away from the City but absolutely worth the journey.
We arrived in the afternoon and were again pleasantly surprised by how quiet it was. There were more people around than at Château de Chantilly the day before however due to the sheer size of the place, everyone was spread out enough that it didn’t feel busy at all.
We actually didn’t go inside the Château. We got caught up in the stunning grounds and with the weather being so beautiful, we wanted to make the most of it. We found ourselves feeling very nostalgic sitting on the grass at the side of the water watching people reading books, families having picnics, couples hanging out – it was literally like a scene from a movie but it was actually real life. A lot of the people we seen were locals which made it even more surreal. What more could you want from life? A beautiful sunny day in absolutely stunning surroundings, ducks in the water, swans on the lawn – it was perfect and I didn’t want to leave. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt more peaceful and relaxed in a public place. Yes I’ve probably been more relaxed on a beach but this was a very close second. I could have spent the whole day there watching the world pass by.
Anyway after a few hours of doing exactly that, ice cream was required. We headed to an overpriced restaurant directly outside. I didn’t even care that 3 scoops of ice cream was costing me €8, it was absolutely essential.
And with that our day at Château de Fontainebleau was over. We headed back towards Paris, I had a quick change and we headed out for dinner for a friends birthday.
Another great day in the City I adore.