France August 2015 – Fontainebleau

Our trip kicked off with a night in this fancy hotel…

…the Black Eagle.

Instead of wallpaper, the walls were covered with this rather busy fabric.

We skipped the 18 Euro breakfast, and went to a place down the road (the menu has changed a bit).

We were very impressed with the bottle lift…

…and the post office.

The Boy headed of the golf course, while I headed off to the chateau.

It’s absolutely beautiful, especially the horseshoe stairs.

It’s home to all sorts of things that belonged to Napoleon, including his coat and hat…

…tent…

…and all sorts of travel sets.

It was very sad to see his son’s toys, including this little tea set.

The rooms themselves are lovely too, including this fabulous library.

This fetching little chap…

…invites you out into the gardens.

The carp pond…

…the English garden…

…and the formal French garden.

A lovely way to spend a morning.

France 2013(2) – Époisses

Époisses…a Mecca for cheese lovers…(the cheese was first made by monks, you know. Cheese, wine, beer, fab music…all that and prayer)…

…at also has a lovely chateau. Still in private hands, lucky buggers.

I was most taken with the dovecote, with nesting boxes for 3,000 birds…

…unicorn weather vane…

…and seriously cute watchtower, which is the motif on Fromagerie Berthaut packaging.