1. From Paris to Nice by Lyons and Marseilles.
Railway to Marseilles in 24 (express in 16'|,i) hrs.; fares 96 fr. 65,
72 fr. 50, 53 fr. 15 c. (Express from Paris to Lyons in 9, ordinary trains
123|4 hrs.; fares 57 fr. 35, 43 fr., 31 fr. 55 c. From Lyons to Marseilles
express in 62|3, ordinary trains ll'|4 hrs.; fares 39 fr. 40, 29 fr. 55, 21 fr.
70 c.) From Marseilles to XTice in f1^ (express in 6) hrs.; fares 25 fr. 20,
18 fr. 90, 13 fr. 85 c.
Soon after quitting Paris the train crosses the Marne near its
confluence with the Seine at the station of Charenton (the lunatic
asylum is on an eminence to the left). To the right and left
rise the forts of Ivry and Charenton, which here command the
course of the Seine. Stat. Villeneuve St. Georges is pictures¬
quely situated on the slope of a wooded eminence. The beauti¬
ful green dale of the Yeres is now traversed. Picturesque country
residences, small parks, and thriving mills are passed in rapid
succession. Stat. Montgeron. The chain of hills to the left, as
well as the plain, is studded with innumerable dwellings. Be¬
fore Brunoy is reached the train crosses the Yeres, and beyond
the village passes over a viaduct. The valley of the Yeres is
now quitted, and the district becomes flatter. Stations Combs-
la-Ville, Lieusaint, and Cesson.
The Seine is again reached and crossed by a handsome iron
bridge at Melun (Hotel de France), capital of the department
Seine-et-Marne, an ancient town with a population of 11,000,
known to the Romans, and picturesquely situated on an eminence
above the river. The Church of Notre Dame, dating from the
lOrh cent., and the modern Gothic Townhall are fine edifices.
After affording several picturesque glimpses of the valley of
the Seine, the train reaches the forest of Fontainebleau. Stat.
Fontainebleau (Hotel deLondres; Aigle Noir; Hotel de France)
is a quiet place with broad and clean streets (popul. 11,900).
In the Place du Palais de Justice rises the Statue of General Da-
mesme, erected in 1851. The *Palace, an extensive pile, containing
five courts, is almost exclusively indebted for its present form to
Francis I. (d. 1547), and abounds in interesting historical remi¬
niscences. The in'erior (accessible during the absence of the
Emperor, fee 1 fr.) consists of a series of sumptuous saloons and
apartments. The Jardin Anglais in the rear of the palace con¬
tains a pond with the venerable carp of Fontainebleau. The
* Forest occupies an area of 50,000 acres (60 M. in circumference)
Bjedkkek. Italy I. 2nd Edit. 1