Une fontaine de jouvence

One quality, the finest.

I’ve only visited Fontainebleau once, but it’s just gone higher on my list of places to see the next time I’m in France. Until now, only about one third of the home to 34 kings and emperors has been open to the public. It’s historically significant as well as beautiful. Fontainebleau’s sweeping staircase was the place from which Napoléon said farewell to his troops prior to his exile in 1814. Thanks to a 10 million Euro investment from Abu Dhabi, the château is being substantially restored and rooms that haven’t been seen by the public in 150 years will be opening over the next few years.


One of the areas about to be restored – it’s far too great to call it a mere room – is the Napoléon III theater. It was only used for a brief period and dozens of painted backdrops were safely stored. It’s…

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