Fontainebleau Off The Beaten Path

  • The front of théatre municipal
    The front of théatre municipal
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  • Place Franklin Roosevelt
    Place Franklin Roosevelt
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  • Postes et Télégraphes
    Postes et Télégraphes
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    Municipal theater

    by Nemorino Written Jan 28, 2015

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    The city of Fontainebleau has a municipal theater which is described on the city’s website as a “symbol of the cultural identity of Fontainebleau.”

    The theater was built starting in 1905 in a “Louis XIII style that combines brick and stone,” and was inaugurated in 1912.

    It is not a part of the Château, but is located just across the street from one of the side entrances.

    The theater is in very good repair, having been thoroughly renovated in recent years. The last step in the renovation was the restoration of the “Theatre Festival Hall”, which was completed in summer 2012.

    Visiting theater companies present a wide range of programming in drama, comedy, music, dance, operettas and theater for children.

    Second photo: The lobby of the theater.

    Third and fourth photos: The façade.

    Fifth photo: In the summer of 2014, the theater was advertising two free concerts, each to be presented twice, by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama of London. The overall title was “The Voices of Summer”. The individual concerts were called “Love of Summer” with music by Berlioz, Strauss, Puccini and Debussy, and “The Mark of Genius” with music by Mozart and his contemporaries.

    Address: 9 rue Dénecourt, 77300 Fontainebleau
    Directions: Corner of rue de Richelieu
    Aerial view and photo on monumentum.fr
    Phone: 01 64 22 26 91
    Website: http://www.fontainebleau.fr/?theatre-municipal,69

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    Place Napoléon Bonaparte

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 27, 2015

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    This square in the center of Fontainebleau is named after Napoléon I, who chose the Château of Fontainebleau as an Imperial Residence (one of several) during the First Empire (1804-1814).

    Napoleon was in Fontainebleau in 1814 when he was deposed, for the first time, and sent into exile on the island of Elba under the terms of the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

    It was in Fontainebleau that Napoleon gave an emotional farewell speech to his troops, before leaving for Elba. He later returned to France for 100 days, before suffering his final defeat at the battle of Waterloo, Belgium, in 1815.

    See also:
    Tomb of l'Emperrrreurrrrr on my Paris page.


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    Place Franklin Roosevelt

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 27, 2015

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    Like many other French cities, Fontainebleau has a square named after the American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945).

    This is where the Fontainebleau city hall is located, also the post office and the bus stop where you can catch the bus back to the train station Fontainebleau-Avon.

    Starting in 1953, Fontainebleau was the headquarters of the Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT) under the command of the American general Dwight D. Eisenhower. This NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) command headquarters remained in Fontainebleau, in various forms, until France withdrew from NATO’s centralized military structure in 1967.

    Second photo: Flowers at Place Franklin Roosevelt.

    Third photo: Cycling on the Grande Rue at Place Franklin Roosevelt.

    Fourth photo: The post office building still has its original name “Postes et Télégraphes” chiseled in stone above the front door, but now the official name is just “La Poste”.

    Website: http://www.tswarteschaap.nl/newcomersguide/brunssum/files/assets/basic-html/page10.html


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    The forest of Fontainebleau

    by gwened Written Jul 22, 2014

    well you come for the castle but again Fontainebleau has more. You just need to embark on a trail on its majestic royal forest, now it can be done some by car and most on foot. Great views and wonderful stone and sculpture features to amaze you all. Believe or not, over 13M visitors come here every year.
    the town on it in French

    http://www.fontainebleau.fr/?foret-de-fontainebleau

    This forest covers aprox. 17 072 ha with an elevation variant from 42 meters (Seine à Bois-le-Roi) to 144 meters (Carrefour du Banc du Roi, 2 km north of Fontainebleau). It is bypassed by the expressway A6 ,the national roads N6 and N7, as well as the train line Paris-Lyon to Marseille-Saint-Charles.

    The forest is well known in the world to have inspired the artists of the 19C, painters of the impressionnistes movement and the school of Barbizon,as well as countless photographers,writers and poets.

    It has taken shape since 1067 when the royals took an interest on it and was re arranged in 1400 by Charles VI, enlarged again under François Ier, by the time of Louis XIV the forest was not heavily trees and they undertook this task. After some decays, Napoléon 1ér takes upon himself to rearrange the forest once again. trees were began to be planted from 1830.

    It now has several kinds of trees like oaks as the most numerous and then pines; an inmense domain of plants and fauna, with birds and reptiles abounds;frogs and of course insects.

    In 1725,king Louis XV ordered the tracing of 60 routes in the forest, to improve movement of transportation and the hunting. Today there are over 365 kms of trails!!!call circuits that the tourist office can provide maps for them.as well escalation exercises.

    the interesting points to see are
    La tour Denecourt built in 1851 on the hill east of the Cassepot, it was ignaurated by Napoléon III and the impératrice Eugénie, destroyed by an earthquake in 1878 and rebuilt again by Colinet, several times renovated it gives you wonderful views over the forest (see photo) . Altitude of 136 m. IT was called before Fort Empereur, and took the current name in 1882 by decision of the municipal council of Fontainebleau.
    The mare aux Évées is a vast steep change by work done in 1833-1842. 29 km were rearranged and wells were dugged with a central plains of 12 000 m3, to dry up marshes that covered 15 ha. today many birds are seen here « Evées » come from old French meaning a marshes area.
    L'aqueduc de la Vanne (1869) brought water from the réservoir de Montsouris to Paris.
    L'aqueduc du Loing.
    Le monument Millet-Rousseau in honor of the two painters friends from the school of Barbizon the medallion openend in April 21 1884 en route to Barbizon.
    Le prieuré de Franchard : priory going back to the 12C. Guillaume, canon of Saint-Euverte d'Orléans, brother of king Philippe-Auguste,comes here to live with two ermites that were found killed from here it becomes the convent of the order of Saint-Augustin. In the 17C it has a beautiful chapel in ruins now gone Only a wall is left that now raises a forest rangers house.
    monument Georges Mandel : along the N7 reminds of the assasination of police minister in July 7 1944.
    The area of Mont Aiveu you see pines with diameters of different points of the cuts.
    At the end of the forest you see the old village of By,today attach to Thomery, the walls were done by chisels from 1730.
    The belvédère des Druides :a view point on the gorges or canyons of Franchard.
    The belvédère de Marie-Thérèse :point of view on the gorges of Franchard. king Louis XIV had built a pavilion that you still find some traces of. The pavillon was demolished at the same time as the monastery of Franchard. Alfred de Musset and George Sand walked thees places in September 1833.
    The cave or Grotte aux Cristaux (Monts Saint-Germain) :tapestries in glass in a vault

    nice come and see nature and history together at amazing Fontainebleau

    view from tour d��necourt forest of Fontainebleau the head of alligator at forest historic animals like tuttles stone statues cyclop stone sculpture on the rocher du Cid, virgin and enfant
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    théatre Municipal

    by gwened Written Apr 7, 2013

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    A wonderful historical theater in Fontainebleau, 9 Rue Dénecourt, 77300 Fontainebleau ;just to the right of chateau coming out of it, and on left side of the street.

    It was finished in 1905, opened in 1912, and recently renovated its salle des fêtes or celebration room.
    Outside of Paris,it is considered a rare example of theater à l’italienne, and one of the most beautiful of the ile de France region. The theater is knownn locally as the la bonbonnière.

    For the season 2012-2013, you can to this city link ,in central column go down to where it says programmation 2012-2013 for the pdf file to open with all over 50 events schedule
    http://www.fontainebleau.fr/?saison-theatre-2012-2013

    Open Mondays to Fridays from 10h- 12h (closed Saturday mornings),and from 14h-18h (open Saturdays from 14h-17h FOR TICKETS
    Mondays to Sundays for events it is open from 19h- 23h( Sundays until 16h.)
    Admission is according to event from 15€ to 40€ adults.

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    Cruising? Pleasure Boat Port : Fontainebleau

    by pedroswift Updated Nov 10, 2012

    Port du pays de Fontainebleau on the Seine River just 4,8 kms from the chateau.
    More info in Travelogue on Avon page.

    Link to intro page: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/ae2c2/2187e/

    Flotilla in the mist - R. Seine
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    Channel

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 26, 2012

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    There is a beautiful park with the channel, English gardens and the Grotto of a pine grove in vicinities of the palace.

    You can watch my 3 min 12 sec Video Fontainebleau Park out of my Youtube channel.

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    Barbizon

    by roamer61 Written Jun 5, 2007

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    Not far from Fontainebleau is the small artist town of Barbizon. It was here where during the period from 1830-1870 that such artists as Francois Millet, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and other lived and worked. There are numerous artists studios and shops. Several homes of famous artists are open as museums. Some tours to Fontainebleau include a stop here.

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    Museum of Napoleon era

    by Cheff Updated Jan 20, 2005

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    For those passionate about Napoleon history (especially military) a visit to the Musee Napoleonien would be of great interest. It is relatively small but well selected collection of uniforms, weapons and documents of Napoleon times. The museum is located on rue Saint-Honore, about 10 min walk from the chateau. It definitely worths a visit!

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    Fountain

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 21, 2006

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    We liked this beautiful fountain because we called it "Dogs who are doing their small needs" - as "Maneken pees" in Brussels.

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