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The Fontainebleau - Avon train station is seen in France. In 1849, Napoleon III inaugurated the first railway from Paris to Fontainebleau. With the arrival of train technology, the speed of transport and life changed forever. Ahead of his time, Claude François Denecourt’s trails and hiking guidebook were a success as people began to flock to the forest to find a slower pace of life and enjoy walking in nature.