Having previously visited Versailles, I thought it might be nice to visit somewhere slightly quieter, away from the majority of tourists. To ge tthere you take the RER D from gare de Lyon for 45 minutes, then it is just a short bus ride to the entrance of the Château. This is great for anyone with a Navigo or Paris Visite pass as it is included and you don’t have to pay extra.
Fontainebleau Château is a great visit. It served as a sovereign residence for eight centuries, and each King or Queen has made their own changes and improvements. There is an amazing Renaissance style horseshoe staircase at the entrance to the Château, and inside there is a beautiful Chapel dating back the the Reign of Francis I. The grounds of the Château are also lovely, with lots of courtyards, fountains and lots of trails through the forest (you can get a map of these from the Tourist Information).
Around the Château there are lots of cafés, bistrots and pâtisseries to get your lunch, we had a picnic in the grounds – a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of Paris.