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Trip to Blois

When in France, one enjoys the sights in the cities and countryside, the nightlife, the national cuisine and the regional cuisine of the provinces. While traveling to France, do make a trip to Blois. Blois is a city and commune in France, the prefecture or capital of department Loir-et-Cher, located between Orleans and Tours on the banks of the lower river Loire. You would enjoy your trip to Blois.

Blois Tourism: the historical Chateau de Blois, a renaissance chateau, was once the residence of King Louis XII. It is situated in the center of the city. Also visit the eighteenth century stone bridge that spans the Loire. Blois, being built on two steep hills, has steep, winding paths. To the city's south, For�t de Russy reminds of one of the heavy woods that once covered this area.

Taking you on a historical trip of Blois, Blois of ancient origin gets a mention from Gregory of Tours in the sixth century. In the ninth century, powerful counts ruled over Blois. In 1171, Blois was the site of a pogrom against the Jewish community that saw 31 or 40 Jews being burned to death. Count Louis granted privileges to the townsmen in 1196. The commune, a survivor of Middle Ages, most likely was from this time.

The oldest parts of the chateau (thirteenth century onwards) were built by The Chatillon line counts. Joan of Arc made Blois her operational base for Orleans' relief in 1429. Charles of Orleans stayed in the chateau from 1440, where in 1462 his son was born. Blois was the resort of the French court in the sixteenth century and Treaty of Blois, which brought a temporary halt to Italian Wars, was signed in 1504-1505.The citizenry comprised of many Calvinists that saw strife in 1562 and 1567 between them and the Catholic church supporters.

In 1576 and 1588 Henri III, the king of France, chose Blois as the States-General gathering place. In 1588 he plotted the murders of Henry, Duke of Guise, and his brother, Louis, Reims archbishop cardinal. Their deaths were followed by that of Catherine de Medici, the queen-mother. The bishopric at Blois Cathedral, harked back to seventeenth century end. Blois was also seat of Marie Louise, wife of Napoleon I. Blois, occupied during World War II by the Germans, was liberated by the army during the last two weeks of August, 1944.

There is no doubt that you will enjoy your trip to Blois.