This Unesco World Heritage site, located Southeast of Paris, was considered by Napoleon as the true home of French kings. Indeed, our monarchs used this place for 800 years as their hunting grounds. It was then embellished by king Francis Ist with an Italian Renaissance decor. Napoleon occupied the palace and left a throne room, the only one in France to retain its original furniture. Close to another marvel, chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, enjoy a whole day visiting both places at once.
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My favorite trips around Paris
Join me on one of my favourite guided trips around Paris. Enjoy a visit of la Malmaison, the splendid house where Napoleon and Josephine resided during the Consulate. Monet’s garden at Giverny is a very relaxing and peacefull area, at lunch time especially. Vaux-le-Vicomte is according to me the best palace to discover outside Paris, contemporary to Versailles, but less busy.