Richard of Eye Prefer Paris came up with this brill idea. Why didn't we try doing monthly day trips out of Paris like he used to do with Polly Vous Francais ..?
Richard has never been to Fontainebleau. This was my 5th trip this summer but what the heck. Just 35 minutes away from Gare de Lyon and the train is free on the weekends if you have a carte Navigo.
Naturally our first stop was the historic patisserie Frederic Cassel. Might as well start off on a high. Richard was duly impressed.
Next stop - the Sunday marché in Place Republic. This was pure chance and a lucky break.
Gorgeous looking possibly local vegetables direct from the ferme.
As well as fabulous repro garden furniture selling for a song (I thought). This bench made us long for a place to munch our desserts.
The perfect park awaits just across from the merry-go-round. Richard's chicken sandwich from the boulangerie.
I'm holding his dessert from Cassel - a vanilla pudding with cinnamon and caramel topped with late summer fruits, raspberries and figs.
I got Cassel's winning fraisier again. I wanted to see how it tasted without traveling on a bus, a train, an RER and the Metro. It tasted WONDERFUL. And there were whole berries inside! How do they do that? Unfortunately my water bottle fell on top of the fraisier which Richard said was an 'occupational hazard' for us travel bloggers. So be it.
We were so happy post-dessert we could have departed then and there. But since it was the 1st Sunday of the month the chateau was free so off we went.
Richard is very organized and has monthly blog features like DOORWAY OF THE MONTH. I'm very impressive how orderly he is...
Course I do have ICE CREAM OF THE DAY, but that has nothing to do with being organized ahem...
Neither one of us has Fiacre of the day or month but this was a pretty way to see Fontainebleau.
Richard is mad for lanterns and can not pass one without shooting. Hmmm..
When we got back to Gare de Lyon we both agreed on having an apero of sorts at Le Train Bleu in the station. Why not?
Simply divine and beautifully kept up.
Neither of us drinks so we both had bubbly water - well worth the 12€ bill to visit this historic Paris institution. A fitting end to our visit to the chateau. Do visit Richard's post on our trip together. Shall we do it again? You tell me.
You could send your cats to Le Train Blue in Paris. Why not?