Chateau de Fontainbleu is 55 kilometers from Paris. During the Age of Enlightenment, hunting parties continued to be held at Fontainebleau during the autumn. The French kings made the most of the fact that etiquette here was a little more relaxed than at Versailles, coming here to receive visiting diplomats from foreign rulers or even, before marriage, taking advantage of a trip to Fontainebleau to meet visiting princesses.
The Chateau de Fontainebleau: With over 1500 rooms at the heart of 130 acres of parkland and gardens, Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries. A visit to Fontainebleau opens up an unparalleled view of French history, art history and architecture. "The true home of kings, the house of ages.” (a quote from Napoleon in Saint Helena, August 1816) Another royal residence paid for at the public's expense.