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First to Fontainebleau

From Ireland, I went to France for the beginning of a three-week tour which began in Fontainebleau–and each day began with pain au chocolat (I love a Country that offers chocolate first thing in the morning!).

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Pain au chocolat

Chateau de Fontainebleau dates to the 12th century and has been added to, updated and modified over the centuries. It was a favorite of King Henri II, King Henri IV and Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Chateau de Fontainebleau
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The lake at the Chateau.

Although it was early spring, flowers were beginning to blossom.

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Spring flowers at the Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Spring flowers at the Chateau de Fontainebleau

Early spring in Ireland

I traveled to Ireland last month visit friends who live near Dublin. We visited Powerscourt Gardens and then the Powerscourt Waterfall, which is a few miles from the Garden.

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One of the garden gates at Powerscourt
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Powerscourt waterfall, Ireland
Me at Powerscourt waterfall, Ireland

We also spent some time in Dublin (at the National Gallery of Ireland and St. Stephen’s Green).

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Daffodils in St. Stephen’s Green
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Tulips in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin