Hello dear friends!
Each time I visit my family
in France, I like to learn something
more about it's history.
A wonderful way to do this is by
visiting some of the great chateaux.
This time it was Château Fontainebleau
only 40 minutes from where my daughter lives.
This beautiful chateau set in 50,000 acres
of park lands and forest was used as the
hunting palace of the Kings of France.
The Francis 1 gallery has exceptionally opulent decor.
It was built following the return of King Francis from Italy,
and became a showcase for the Rennaissance in France.
The palace galleries were spaces in which
the Court could socialise and promenade.
It was not hard for me to imagine
feminine courtiers in crinolined gowns
sweeping through this gallery
in search of
tête-à-têtes, liaisons and intrigue!
Each and every room in the chateau
houses an exceptional collection
of works of art representing
the stylistic and aesthetic tastes
of those who lived
in it's apartments and decided
on their decor.
Including ornaments and furnishings
these works provide
a fascinating art history lesson.
However, for 7 and 8 year olds
there is a limit to how long they
can be on their "best behaviour"
wandering from room to room
looking at old paintings!
So we changed the pace
and all went for a fun ride
in this horse drawn carriage
through part of the estate.
All the time the girls
pretending to be
Princesses from the Chateau!!
Vicki Archer of French Essence
is having a wonderful
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has another Giveaway here
Thank you dear friends
for popping in!
Wishing my new followers
I'll be over to see you very soon.
Take care and
be kind to one another