Friday morning IES took us to Fontainbleau for the day. We had to meet bright and early but it was so worth it!

The bus ride there was a blast, Meaghan decided we should all be in 6th grade again and play MASH on the bus. Some things got a little crazy, like the fact that Katie is going to be a lumberjack and Andres will be the President of Venezuela but live in Amsterdam!

When we go there we started with a tour of the castle first. It was so pretty! All the rooms are gorgeous, but then again I guess French royalty really had the money to do things the right way! Apparently Josephine (Napoleon’s wife) really had a thing for the color green! Her chamber looked like a leprechaun’s dream!

Josephine's chamber, she had a thing for green!

Josephine's chamber, she had a thing for green!

The castle from the outside. It's hard to believe this is the "old" castle that had to be upgraded for something better.

The castle from the outside. It's hard to believe this is the "old" castle that had to be upgraded for something better.

The thrown room, I know it's dark but flash wasn't allowed and they keep those rooms super dark to help preserve them.

The thrown room, I know it's dark but flash wasn't allowed and they keep those rooms super dark to help preserve them.

These cherubs were just in a fresco on a hallway wall, I just found their expressions hilarious and am a little curious as to what they're up to.

These cherubs were just in a fresco on a hallway wall, I just found their expressions hilarious and am a little curious as to what they're up to.

The grounds of the castle were beautiful too! The gardens were gorgeous and the weather was perfect for wandering around looking at everything. While we were checking out the lake/moat, some swans came and visited us! I’ve seen swans before but never so up close. They were so elegant and beautiful, I could have watched them all day. We also noticed giant fish in the water too. It seems like every fountain/pond/reflecting pool in Paris has these giant fish in them.

The gazebo in the middle of the pond/moat outside the castle.

The gazebo in the middle of the pond/moat outside the castle.

Swans! There was a whole family, mom, dad, and five cyngnets.

Swans! There was a whole family, mom, dad, and five cyngnets.

The castle and the gardens.

The castle and the gardens.

After spending some time in the garden, Jaclyn, Emma and I decided we were going to move in and split the rent 3 ways. I think it’s totally do-able.

Lunch was next and man did IES pull out all the stops. It was in a wonderful restaurant in Fontainbleau and was super delicious. The main course was salmon and some other white fish and I ate most of it! For those of you who know me well you know I don’t do fish, but this was exceptional fish. The dessert was amazing too! I think Harrison was in heaven!

Next we went to another castle in Fontainbleau, this one was built by Nicolas Foucault and was in an indirect way the inspiration for Versailles. The king was so jealous of Foucault’s castle he arranged to have him thrown in jail and took all his architects/designers/everyone and had Versailles built.

Now THIS is a castle!

Now THIS is a castle!

It's easy to see why the king was jealous!

It's easy to see why the king was jealous!

Now Foucault really had a thing for squirrels. Everything in the castle had squirrels on it, including the crown molding. There was also a really really creepy wax sculpture of him in his library, complete with fake squirrel on his shoulder.

See how creepy this is?

See how creepy this is?

The grounds of this castle were even prettier than the first! There were mini mazes and several fountains and a canal! After seeing it Emma, Jaclyn and I decided to move there instead. It’s bigger and prettier so I think we made the right choice. The only, very minor, downside of all this was the slight sunburn I got walking around all day. I guess I’m going to have to start carrying it with me because just putting it on in the morning before we go out isn’t cutting it.

So beautiful! The grounds are incredibly extensive and would take hours to see everything. We stuck to the main path but still saw lots of beautiful things.

So beautiful! The grounds are incredibly extensive and would take hours to see everything. We stuck to the main path but still saw lots of beautiful things.

One of many fountains and the sculpted trees.

One of many fountains and the sculpted trees.

The castle and the grounds from the far end of the garden.

The castle and the grounds from the far end of the garden.

The back of the castle, notice the huge moat.

The back of the castle, notice the huge moat.

After visiting Foucault’s castle we got back on the bus and all headed back into the city.

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