Fontainebleau and Avon

by Chip (aka Mark) Graham on January 8, 2016

If you plan to spend any time exploring the surrounding area you should get a Paris Visite pass and go for the zone 5 option. You will be able to use it for travel to many spots outside the city including the airport, Versailles and Fountainbleau. It also comes with many good discounts for tourist activities and shopping.

We hopped on the RER and headed out to the cities of Fountainbleau and Avon for the day. You can grab a bus from the train station which will take you directly to the Chateau, or you can take a leisurely walk. There a direction signs all along the route so you won’t get lost.

The grounds were closed for winter, but the chateau was open for looking around. We decided to stay outside and explore the town. There are a ton of cafes and bistros to grab a bite and some very nice shops. If you go plan for at least a half day – about an hour train ride each way and about an hour to walk to/from the station. Another nice thing about going in January is there were no crowds / tour buses to deal with.

We got back into Paris in time for a short rest and then a walk around the neighborhood where there are hundreds of restaurants. We landed at the La Villa Andrea Italian restaurant which had a nice selection of pizzas, pastas and main dishes to choose from. Good pizza, good wine and reasonable prices made for a very nice evening.

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