It's Fontainebleau. I remember how hard it was learning this as a child, even though now I can't remember why.
  1. The Palace of Fontainebleau was changed and rearranged a lot during the centuries. It was first mentioned in 1137. And until the end of the Second Empire in 1870 French Kings and Emperors used it as a summer residence.
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  2. Napoleon 1st had a huge impact on Fontainebleau.
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    This is the Gallery of Portraits of the Imperial Family.
  3. Does this look familiar?
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  4. This room is about Marie-Louise, the second empress of the French.
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  5. This one is about the King of Rome, her son.
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  6. Let's continue our visit and go to the Pope's Apartment
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    Here lived Pope Pius VII during his captivity from 1812 to 1814. But it's also where the mothers of great French kings lived, Katharina de Medici for example. This is the officer's lounge.
  7. This is the corner's salon.
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  8. The bedroom of the Duchess of Baden
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  9. Powder Room
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  10. Anne of Austria's Bedchamber
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  11. Look at the ceiling!
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  12. Reception Room
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  13. Officer's lounge
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  14. Antechamber
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  15. The vestibule of the chapel
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    The room on top of the great staircase - the first room visitors used to see. (We're leaving the Pope's Apartment here.)
  16. The Francois 1st Gallery
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    Francois 1st undertook this Gallery in 1528 to link the great Apartments to the chapel of the Trinity.
  17. The Guard Room
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    The first Room of the King's Apartment.
  18. Again, look at the beautiful ceiling!
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  19. The Ball Room
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  20. Saint Saturnin Chapel
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  21. The King's Staircase
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  22. The first Saint Louis Room
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    This clock was designed adter the Apollo Fountain at Versailles
  23. The Second Saint Louis Room
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    Situated in the oldest, medieval parts of the palace.
  24. The Louis XIII Salon
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    Louis XIII was born right there.
  25. The Francois 1st Salon
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  26. The Tapestry Room
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    The tapestries were woven in the XVII century in Paris and illustrate the story of Psyche.
  27. The Diana Gallery
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    Used as a library.
  28. The White Salon
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  29. The Empress' Great Salon
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    Redecorated in 1786 for Marie Antoinette.
  30. The Empress' Chamber
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    From Maria di Medici to Empress Eugénie, every Queen or Empress if France used this Bedroom.
  31. The Boudoir
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  32. The Throne Room
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    From Henry IV. to Louis XVI (and therefore the Revolution), the Kings of France used this room as their bedroom. It was Napoleon I. who transformed into a Throne Room.
  33. The Council Chamber
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    Redecorated like this by Louis XV. in the 18th century.
  34. Now, let's enter the private Apartment of Napoleon I.
  35. The Emperors Chamber
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  36. The Emperor's Small Chamber
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    This was a study room, but the Emperor who used to work a lot and sleep very little could easily take a quick nap in the bed. There were two secret doors in this room. One leading to the toilets and one to the library. If you look closely, you might be able to spot one of them on the picture.
  37. The Abdication Room
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    This is the room and table where Napoleon sat while signing his Abdication in 1814.
  38. Bathroom Corridor
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  39. Room of the Emperor's Aides de Camp
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    = his Bodyguards. (Sorry for the horrible quality)
  40. The Antechamber
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    Napoleon I. bought this clock in 1806.
  41. The Trinity Chapel
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  42. The Chapel was build in the 16th Century.
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  43. Let's take one quick look into the garden and the parcs.
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  44. They are really beautiful, though not as big as the ones in Versailles.
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    Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to take a walk here.
  45. Bonus: this week end, the Festival of the History of Arts took Place in and around the Palace.
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    Unfortunately, I didn't have time for that either. I could only take a quick look of the Salon of Books.
  46. But all in all, I prefer Fontainebleau above Versailles. Here's why:
  47. No waiting lines.
    At least, I never had to wait when I got there.
  48. In the Palace itself there's a lot more to see.
    And, personally, I think the rooms are more beautiful in Fontainebleau.
  49. The audioguide is really, really good.
    You get a lot information about everything. It costs 3 € but it's totally worth it. But there are also explanations written down in every room, so if you want to save that money, you can do that. Additionally, as far as I know, they have a special audioguide for children.
  50. It's just as far from Paris as Versailles.
  51. I went to school in Fontainebleau for two months.
    Very personal, but for me, that's a very good reason to return to the city often enough.
  52. Tip: If you visit Fontainebleau, go to Chaplin.
    It's a Fast Food restaurant in the town. You can get Paninis, Burgers and the best French Fries I ever had. It's very affordable and close to the Palace Bus stop.
  53. For desert, buy cookies in the bakery next to the Carousel.
    (And then just cross the street to get to the bus stop)
  54. I love Cookies.
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