An afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of Paris is refreshing, not only for the change of pace, but also for the reminder that not all of France is Paris :)
The forest and chateau of Fontainebleau is only about 35 miles away and adjacent to the forest is the small village of Barbizon. It's a side trip worth making, especially if you have a car, but if you take public transportation, the easiest way to get here is to go to Fontainebleau and then take the short taxi ride to Barbizon (about 10-15 minutes) on the other side of the forest. Barbizon School was named after this town and this is still an artist colony with mosaics that line the main street.
The entrance to the Barbizon School.
There are charming places to eat and sleep if you want to stay in town, ranging from inexpensive to very expensive.
There are numerous ateliers where artists work and showcase their craft.
Some homes are private sanctuaries
while others are sometimes open for tours (but not on Mondays or Tuesdays).
Sometimes it's a pleasure to go to school :)