This is a great day discovering royal places but both with a very different feel.
The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, your first stop, is a French Baroque château. It was built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV. If you want to experience the true, authentic feel of a chateau, Vaux le Vicomte will bring this to you. You will spend some time in the beautiful Jardin à la française, the French aesthetic of formal gardens that swept Europe in the 17th century. Nicolas Fouquet gave full rein to the genius of the renowned landscape gardener André Le Nôtre who used the latest technical, scientific and artistic knowledge of his era.
The great particularity of estate is that it is still owned by the same family since 1875. Chocolatine has a very special relationship with Jean-Charles De Vogué member of the fifth family generation.
The Royal Château of Fontainebleau is the largest of the French royal châteaux. With over 1500 rooms at the heart of 130 acres of parkland and gardens, Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries. The château as it is today is the work of many French monarchs, building on a structure of Francis I. The building is arranged around a series of courts. The city of Fontainebleau has grown up around the remainder of the Forest of Fontainebleau, a former royal hunting park.