Rick Steves' Europe

Fontainebleau, France: Royal Château

It seems every king, queen, and emperor since has loved this palace — Louis XIII was born here, Louis XV was married here — but Fontainebleau has more Napoleon Bonaparte connections than any other palace.

Fontainebleau, France: Royal Château

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