For a young American boy in the 1950s, Fontainebleau was a sight both strange and majestic, home to a continual series of adventures: a different language to learn, weekend visits to nearby Paris, family road trips to Spain and Italy. Then there was the château itself: a sprawling palace once the residence of kings, its grounds the perfect place to play hide-and-seek. The curiosities of the small town left such an impression on him that 30 years later, Thad Carhart returned to France with his wife to raise their two children.
Touring Fontainebleau again as an adult, he began to appreciate its influence on French style, taste, art, and architecture. Each trip to Fontainebleau introduces him to entirely new aspects of the château's history, enriching his memories and leading him to Patrick Ponsot, who becomes Carhart's guide to the hidden Fontainebleau.
What emerges is an intimate chronicle of a time and place few have experienced. Finding Fontainebleau is for those captivated by the French way of life, for armchair travelers, and for anyone who has ever fallen in love with a place they want to visit over and over again.
"Finding Fontainebleau is a fun, intriguing meditation on time, place, and nationality." (Penelope Rowlands, author of Paris Was Ours)
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Didn't know it was history
No pep. Felt more like information.
I thought it would be a story of a boy. It's only half of that, at least well into the first 16 chapters. Lots of history. Too much for me.
Interesting return to Europe/France in the 1950s
I enjoyed the reminders of my own time in Europe and Paris in 1952. I was a teenager and Carhart's recollections brought my own experience back, adding details and depth I was totally unaware of at that time.