Friday, September 26, 2014

Fontainebleau Forest and Burgundy

The Grand Canal Fontainebleau Palace
Summer Vacation Part 3
We left the lights of Paris driving pass Fontainebleau Forest and the historical Chateau de Fontainebleau. This is a weekend getaway for Parisians - not the Chateau, but Fontainebleau itself. 

A lot of signing of historic documents have been done in the Chateau - Treaty of Fontainebleau (Louisiana territory), later Napoleon signed another Treaty of Fontainebleau authorizing passage of French troops through Spanish territories so that they might invade Portugal.

Napoleon held Pope Pius VII prisoner at the Chateau for almost two years. Enough about the history. The forest was lush and beautiful.

Continuing on the motor coach we headed through Burgundy.  This is one of France's main wine producing areas. It is well known for both its red and white wines, mostly made from Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes. After traveling through the lush countryside, I can see why Burgundy wine is so good, giving a new respect to wine and origin. 

I must admit I did not take photos along this journey - (a) the reflection of the window (b) I wanted to enjoy the memories without the hassle of trying to get the perfect photo while on a moving coach (c) it was more enjoyable not to worry about taking photos - the scenery was perfect. 

On to the Alps!

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