A day trip to Fontainebleau
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I finally got out of the city last weekend and took a day trip to Fontainebleau with some friends. Fontainebleau is a quiet city southeast of Paris. We walked around, ate lunch, and visited the Château de Fontainebleau, a country home of the French royal family.

To get there, we met up at Gare de Lyon (Paris Metro) to catch a train heading towards Laroche-Migennes/ Montereau/ Montargis or Sens, and got off at Fontainebleau-Avon. The train ride was about 40 minutes. Just a tip, don’t try to buy a train ticket using the machine because you’ll end up paying more. It’ll be faster, cheaper, and easier to wait in line to buy your ticket (€14 for return) at the ticket window.

It was relaxing to have my headphones on while gazing out of the window on my train ride. I watched the gaps between buildings grow wider as we moved farther away from Paris. It was also the first time I’ve seen rows of houses or gas stations since I left Toronto in the summer. Homesick? Maybe a little.

The entrance to Château de Fontainebleau. It doesn't look quite big when you first walk in but there's a garden, lake, and forest behind.

Here's a view of the château from the lake.

A perfect fall day!

On our bus ride from the train station to the château, we passed by a pastry shop. Obviously, we had to walk by to take a look. It's called Frédéric Cassel, and they have shops in Tokyo, Berlin, and even Casablanca.

And of course, we had to try some pastries.

Clockwise from the top left: chestnut mousse, earl grey mille-feuille, and chocolate mousse. They were all good, fresh, and reasonably priced (€4 per item).

The next day, we had a dinner party at my friend’s apartment again. This time, we had endless mussels, potatoes, a huge salad, and ending with a home-made speculoos chocolate cake.

As you can see, we're improving on our portion control. This was the most reasonable amount of food we've ever prepared, except for the mussels.

Mussels cooked in a white wine broth with shallots, garlic, and parsley. The 6 of us had 3kg of mussels which worked out to almost 3 bowls of mussels each!

 

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