Blois Travel Guide

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Blois Highlights

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     The Place to explore castle of love.... 

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     you have to take a train to Tours to start most chateaux circuit tours! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Classic FRANCE!!! 

Blois Things to Do

  • House of Houdin

    Master of magic Robert-Houdin was born Jean Eugène Robert in Blois, on 6 December 1805. His father was a watchmaker and the young Jean Eugène followed in his footsteps. He was intrigued by all things mechanical and also the art of conjuring. He married Mademoiselle Josèphe Cecile Houdin and gained a special dispensation to take her last name.He is...

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  • Château de Blois

    The Royal Château de Blois is located in the Loir-et-Cher département in the Loire Valley. It is in the centre of the modern city of Blois. It consists of a number of buildings built between the 13th and 17th centuries. These are centred around a main courtyard. One of these was the home of the famous French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin...

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  • Château Royal de Blois: Fireplaces, Part...

    “It is not a woman, it is monarchy itself that has died!”— Jacques Auguste de Thou (1553-1617) French historian, his exclamation when he heard of the death of Catherine de’Medici at Château Royal de Blois on 5.January.1589There are some women who have a long-lasting impact on human behavior. Catherine de’Medici, Queen of France was one of those...

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  • Château Royal de Blois: Entertainers

    “The Regency had retired to Blois. … The Ministers, the members of the Regency, Napoleon’s brothers, his wife and son arrived at Blois in disorder, swept away by the debacle: wagons, baggage-vans, carriages, everything was there; even the royal coaches.”— from “Mémoires d’outre-tombe” by François-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand (1768-1848)In March...

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  • Château Royal de Blois: Louis XII Wing,...

    “My third day’s journey brought me to the ancient city of Blois, the chief town of the department of Loire-et-Cher. This city is celebrated for the purity with which even the lower classes of its inhabitants speak their native tongue.”— from “Outre-Mer,” 1835, by Henry Wadsworth LongfellowIt is thought that Colin Biart, a master mason born in...

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  • Château Royal de Blois: The Chapel, Part...

    “Blois, among all the other cities of the Loire, is the favorite with the tourist. Here one first meets a great chateau of state; and certainly the Château de Blois lives in one’s memory more than any other chateau in France.”— from “Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine” 1908, by Francis MiltounTastes may have changed since Mr. Miltoun wrote his...

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  • Château Royal de Blois: The Chapel, Part...

    “It is true that for a long time to come the castle of Blois was neither very safe nor very quiet; but its dangers came from within, from the evil passions of its inhabitants, and not from siege or invasion.”— from “A Little Tour In France” 1884 by Henry JamesHenri III attended a Mass of Thanksgiving at chapelle de St-Calais following the...

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  • Château Royal de Blois: Fireplaces, Part...

    “Oh, wretched man! What has he done? Pray for him; I see him rushing towards his ruin.”— Catherine de’Medici (1519-1589), remarks to a priest on Christmas Day 1588 about the orders of her son, Henri III, to have the duc de Guise assassinated at Château Royal de BloisA SAVING GRACE Catherine de’Medici was the wife of France’s king Henri II, son of...

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  • Cafes

    When tired walking and need rest and have some great food or drink? Don't worry there are so many cafes all over the street in Blois.... and this is sample of the great place to have some food...

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  • Walkig Around

    Walking around in this old town is such an amazing experience. amazed to medieval streets and houses... some street are narrows but with nice architecture.

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  • Jacques Gabriel Bridge

    The Jacques Gabriel Bridge (Pont Jacques Gabriel) connects Blois city centre to communities on the south shore of the Loire River. From the far side of the bridge

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  • Cathédrale Saint-Louis

    The Cathédrale Saint-Louis was reconstructed in gothic style towards the end of the 17th century.It is flanked by a tall Renaissance tower with a domed top. The cryp dates from the 10th=11th centuries.

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  • The Crowned Porcupine sculpture

    On the entrance wall of the chateau, we can see this The Crowned Porcupine sculpture, a symbol of Louis XII, a former resident of the Chateau. And we can find this Crowned Porcupine in other chateau also...

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  • Château royal de Blois

    Château de Blois can serve as an exellent crash course in Loire Château architecture b'cos each of its wings - arrayed around a central courtyard - reflect the favoured style of a different period: Gothic (13th century); Flamboyant Gothic (1498 - 1503), from the reign of Louis XII; Early Renaissance (1515-24), from the reign of François I; and...

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  • Château Royal de Blois: Royal Badges,...

    “From near and afar, I can defend myself.”— motto of Louis XII (1462-1515)ON GUARD Louis de France, duc d’Orléans, adopted the porcupine as his emblem in 1394. He chose the porcupine to warn his enemies, especially Jean, duc de Bourgogne, that he would, without fear, avenge any attack, just as the porcupine throws its quills, near and far, at any...

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  • Eglise Saint-Vincent de Paul

    “Strive to live content in the midst of those things that cause your discontent. Free your mind from all that troubles you, God will take care of things.”— Saint Vincent De Paul (1580-1660)Originally the chapel of the Jesuit College and dedicated to St. Louis, the Church of Saint Vincent de Paul was built between 1634 and 1671. Its façade is...

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  • Eglise Saint-Nicolas: Interior

    “God, Our Father we pray that through your intercession of St. Nicholas you will protect our children. Keep them safe from harm and help them grow and become worthy in your sight. Give them the strength to keep their faith in you.”— A Prayer to St. Nicholas for children. The Feast of St. Nicholas is December 6th.The carvings of the church’s inside...

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  • Eglise Saint-Nicolas: Exterior

    “O good holy Nicholas, you who brought joy to children, put in my heart the spirit of childhood about which the Gospel speaks. Teach me how to sow happiness around me. Amen.”— A prayer to St. NicholasSt. Nicholas is the patron of bakers and pawnbrokers; his feast day is December 6. In today’s commercial, consumer-mad world Our Saint is known as...

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  • Château Royal de Blois: Wallcoverings,...

    “England is now separated from the Holy See because of a refusal of such a dispensation. However, there is nothing of this kind to fear in France, for the king and my other sons are all very good Catholics.”— Catherine de’Medici (1519-1589)GOOD CATHOLICS In the above the quote the Dowager Queen of France reminds Pope Gregory XIII that it would be...

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  • Château Royal de Blois: Look Up at the...

    “In the wilderness”— Marie de’Medici (1575-1642)AH! WILDERNESS This quote is how Marie de’Medici described her exile from the Court at Paris. It lasted from 2.May.1617 until her escape on 22.February.1619 from Château de Blois. Her son, Louis XIII, imposed the sentence because his mother meddled in State affairs. Marie’s husband, Henri IV, had...

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  • Château Royal de Blois: François I Wing

    “Madame, that you may know the state of the rest of my misfortune, there is nothing left to me but honor, and my life, which is saved.”— François I, to his mother, Louise de Savoie, written in letter given to the Viceroy of Naples the morning after the Battle of Pavia, ItalyBecause this young French king made war on the Italian peninsula during the...

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Blois Hotels

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Blois Restaurants

  • Pleasant Gourmet Dinner near the Chateau

    When we entered around 7:30pm on a cold and rainy December evening we were the only people there. The welcome was warm and we enjoyed our conversations with Madame. She was both "correct" and friendly--a nice combination. We waved at her husband in the kitchen on the way out. He was up to his elbows in butchering meat! We were seated near the...

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  • A Ruffled Omlette Natur Done to...

    UPDATE: The restaurant has changed hands, renovated to red banquettes and the food is nowhere near as good. So no longer recommended:(There were several restaurants on the same street. We wandered in here after a long visit to the chateau and were not sorry. I had the pictured "omlette natur" with a small green salad. It is not a fancy place, as...

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  • Great Food at the “Little Castle”

    “Although he added an imposing wing to the palace of Amboise, Louis XII usually preferred to hold his court at Blois. This domain came to the Orléans family about the close of the XIVth century, when Louis, Duke of Orléans, brother of King Charles VI and grandfather of Louis XII, obtained from the crown the county of Blois in addition to his...

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  • Nice Italian

    La Scala is a popular Italian restaurant close to the Cathedral in Blois.Arrive early or prepare for a wait as even though the restaurant is not small, it always appeared to be busy when we visited on 3 occassions during August 2004. Two adults and two children can eat easily for around 60euro including deserts and wine. Service is quick, if not...

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  • PUB AU BUREAU

    This pub and restaurant is a good place for a drink or lunch. They have several different beers and for lunch, you can choose between pizza, pasta, sandwiches ... The interior reminded me of the Hard Rock cafe, but without the music themes of course. When the sun shines, you can sit outside on a nice terrace.

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  • the best Asian food in Blois, FRANCE!

    A nice, family-run restaurant, tucked away on a little cockeyed side lane, near the chateau and my hotel! Hot and sour soup, how I measure a Chinese restaurant's worth!! and Vietnamese spring rolls and seafood ravioli to DIE for! Be careful though, 'cause even though I made it clear I was the American with no chopsticks skills, when I got back to...

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Blois Transportation

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    by Bada-Ran Written May 7, 2004

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    As we could only rely on trains and public transport, even private companies, we had to find a way to get to the castle.

    For those interested, there were -and I expecte still are- bus companies departing right from Blois station to Chambord and to another castle, one that inspired Herg?, and included it in a Tintin adventure.
    We weren't much interested in the second one, so much that I don't even remember the name.

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Blois Warnings and Dangers

  • No luggage lockers

    Blois station has no left luggage lockers (and the person whom we asked an attitude problem).This is diffictult to understand -- the town is a perfect 3-4 hour stopoff on the way to or from Paris. And it's not exactly flat.

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  • Watch where you walk!

    Blois is a nice town in the centre of the Loire. However while walking around the town centre watch where you tread. Blois has an appalling dog fouling problem.Whereever you walk in the centre of Blois you will be very hard pushed to find a clean street.

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  • ..turn around for the opposite look!

    From the south bank of the Loire here in Blois, the Old Town is spread out before your eyes over on the northern side of town. Another fine example of the best of provincial FRANCE...

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  • View from a Bridge

    Walking all around this town is a treat, and very easy since it's so compact. This is your view from the north side to the south, across the Loire River.

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  • Huuuge royal bedchamber...

    but a rather small royal bed, don't you think? Again, I love the decor in this place, these patterns and hues and fabrics. If only you could read that little red sign at the foot of this bed, it tells about the Royal Assassination which occurred on THIS VERY SPOT a few centuries ago. I have no details for you other than that a knife was...

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King's bedroom
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Blue hall
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Spiral outdoor staircase
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Château Blois
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The Francois I Ground Floor Has Exhibits
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Exit Through the Salle des Etats-General
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The Displays of Fine Antique Objects
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Up Another Floor is Henri III's Bed (Murder) Room
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Go On to the Catherine de Medici Apartment
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Go to the First Floor of the Francois I Wing
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Pay A Visit to the Chateau's Chapel
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Approach the Church of St.-Vincent-de-Paul
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Recognize the Church of St.-Nicholas
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See the Outer Facades of the Chateau
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Blois, lit up at night.
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