On my recent trip to France, I spent two nights and one day exploring the medieval French towns of Moret-sur-Loing and Fontainebleau, and let me just say that 15 year old Megan sitting in AP European History would have been in HEAVEN. I’m usually more of a modern history gal, but these two towns were just so charming! The best part, these towns are only about an hour and a half drive from Paris, so you could also easily do them as a day trip from the capital!
I mean look at these buildings. Pretty sure they’re older than every single building in the U.S. (don’t quote that though, it’s been ten years since I took that history class after all.) Moret-sur-Loing was a pretty small town, easily walk-able. I cannot recommend eating at ‘Le Refuge’ enough, myself and the family had dinner there and it was one of my favourite meals the entire time we were in France!
The main draw for many to Fontainebleau is the Chateau, which was of course stunning. However, given the number of chateau’s I’ve been to in my life, I much preferred walking around the grounds and the cities market as opposed to paying to go in and listen to the audio tour. If you love chateaus, the inside did look stunning from what we saw, but we opted out this time, particularly since the weather was stunning. The town was full of little restaurants and cafes as well, so there were plenty of places to eat; or you can just grab a baguette and some saucisson and cheese from the market and have a picnic like we did!
Visiting these towns was such a great way to spend a few days. The pace of life was perfectly suited to having a glass of wine in the afternoon and reading in the sunshine- my idea of a great vacation!
Have you ever been to any of the smaller medieval French towns? Let me know where I should go next time in the comments!