It’s crazy that three fifths of my MBA is now done and dusted, and yet so much has happened in that time. Solveig and I had a couple of free days in Fontainebleau after exams had finished, which felt so precious in this fast-paced year.
We had some event planning to do (for a top secret party 😉 ) and visited Château de Saint-Ange in nearby Villecerf as a potential venue. The party didn’t end up being here, but I was totally fascinated to learn about the history of this chateau and its close ties with INSEAD.
Our host was a fifth generation owner of Château de Saint-Ange. First built in 1543, the chateau was destroyed by revolutionists (you can see the original foundations above) and slowly rebuilt afterwards. He gave us an insight into the taxes, maintenance and repairs required. Turns out that owning a chateau is more burdensome than it is glamourous.
In previous decades, the rooms were fully rented out to INSEAD students. Our host shared stories of the legendary parties here – giant bonfires, helicopter arrivals, champagne towers and hundreds of INSEADers. Before there was internet or smart phones, the student community planned these epic chateau parties in the outskirts of Fontainebleau forest. I can’t even imagine what it was like, since our generation at INSEAD prefer to live in downtown Fontainebleau …
Memories and photos from June 2016.