The town of Fontainebleau, 67km southeast of Paris, is renowned for its elegant Renaissance chateau – one of France’s largest royal residences. It’s much less crowded and pressured than Versailles.
The town itself has a number of fine restaurants and nightspots, and is surrounded by the beautiful Forêt de Fontainebleau, a favourite hunting ground of many French kings and today an important recreational centre in the Île de France. Fontainebleau’s lifeblood is INSEAD (, the international graduate business school that brings some 2000 students here each year.

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