My first week in Paris has me in awe of the beautiful parks, world-famous monuments, and striking art. I am studying abroad at the American Business School of Paris with the International Studies Abroad program this spring semester. We went on our first excursion this week to the Château de Fontainebleau. An hour outside of Paris lays this magnificent palace that dates back to the twelfth century. I am enrolled in French Civilization this semester, so it was a great experience to see a place frequently being discussed in one of my courses. As it was home to 34 kings and two emperors, it was the only castle inhabited by every French monarch for almost eight centuries. It was shocking to see the bright colors of the fabrics on the chairs to the gold-painted ceilings. Bright shades of red, emerald green, and “king” blue encaptivate the hundreds of rooms. I highly recommend visiting the palaces in France because it will genuinely leave you stunned by the power and luxury the reigns of France possessed.