#16: Rambouillet, Fontainebleau and Paris

Chateau de Rambouillet, France.

Chateau de Rambouillet, France. Photo: J. Chung


The ideal combination for a trip is mixing a running race with my favourite city, Paris. During another March break, I flew into Paris, boarded a train to Rambouillet, walked to my hotel (I couldn’t find a bus or taxi). After settling into my hotel I went to get my race kit as the race was the next day. Yes, I would be running a half marathon (21.1 km) in a new time zone so that at 9:30 am, it was really 3:30 am my time.

While it was cold and cloudy, the race passed by some nice scenery, including Chateau de Rambouillet. As is typical for French races, there were raisins, sugar cubes, and sliced oranges along the route. And at the finish line, there were treats like pound cake, cereal bars, and hot chocolate.


Headed back to Paris via train and stayed again at Hotel Diana (73 Rue Saint-Jacques in the 5arr), a great little hotel near St. Michel and Boulevard Saint Germain and the Sorbonne. In Paris, I visited:

  • a special Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at the Petit Palais. Many of his famous gowns and outfits were on display.
  • Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise-the largest cemetary in Paris with many well known people buried here, such as Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, and Chopin
  • Bois de Bologne
  • Walked all over the city including les Grands Boulevards (Printemps and Galeries Lafayette), Rue Cler, Boulevard Saint Germain, Latin Quarter, Rue de Rivoli, Champs Elysee, and the Montparnasse area.
  • Did my running in Luxembourg Gardens
  • Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson-admission was free to visit (after 6:30 pm). At the time there was a Robert Doisneau exhbition on. Like Bresson, he was a street photographer famous for his photographs of Paris from the 1930s.

Excursion to Fontainebleau

I took an excursion to Fontainebleau. It had been 32 years since I had last been there and I wanted to see the chateau again. It was as beautiful as ever….even in winter. Very easy to get to via train from Gare de Lyon (was about 17 Euros). Spent the whole day there.

Fontainebleau, France

Fontainebleau, France

Chateau de Fontainebleau, France.

Chateau de Fontainebleau, France. Photo: J. Chung

Petit Palais Paris France

Petit Palais Paris France. Photo: J. Chung

Back in Paris I went to a special Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at the Petit Palace. Many of his famous gowns and outfits were on display.Trip #16 to France_ Rambouillet, Fontainebleau and Paris


  • Reply
    March 11, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Hi. How did you get to Rmboulliet from Paris? I’m struggling to find any train tickets online! Thanks.

    • Reply
      March 12, 2020 at 8:02 am

      Hi Lydia
      You were asking about how I got from Paris to Rambouillet.
      I checked my journal and all I can see is that when I arrive in Paris at Charles de Gaulle airport, I took the RER and then the SNCF. It took about 2 hours in total.
      You can check two website: Rome2Rio. Looks like the TER train leaves from Paris Montparnasse station.
      Not sure why the route won’t show up on Trainline’s or oui.sncf ’s websites though. That’s really weird.
      Sorry I don’t have more information about how I did it. My journal doesn’t have all the details except that the train fare was 15 Euros.

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