For my 41st first birthday I decided to go storm some castles...at least that is what I call them. On a small but intentional whim I booked a trip and went to Vaux Le Vicomte, and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Below are photos that only tell a fraction of the story - if at all. Please pay attention to the dome at the centre of this amazing place - I climbed the 80 stairs to the top. The last 20-ish are the original wooden steps with a skinny metal bannister from 1656. Their age only seem to feel real when I had to then decent them after gazing at the view from the top.