"An Architectural History of Chateau-Building" Top 5 Page for this destination Blois by hquittner

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Why Blois?

On our second visit, we took our four grown sons and their wives to spend an afternoon at Blois. In the morning we had visited Chenonceau from our base at a"bed-dinner abd breakfast" chateau near the Chambord (See Lodging Tip under Centre-Chateau Colliers).After previously sightseeing at most of the prominent chateaux in the valley, we chose the three finest and most varied examples to visit as their first taste. The chateau is a partial textbook of architecture of castles, at least as living quarters. (we had seen Versailles from Paris days earlier).

What We Missed

Each of our trips to Blois have been day trips. The first time we devoted a little energy to seeing the outside of the castle and some of the old town. It is quite a climb up and down. We looked into the Cathedral at that time, but took no pictures because we were not experienced enough to recognize its finer late Gothic rebuilding.

The Chateau

The chateau is minimally furnished. It is really a set of museums and plays host to any groups of French schoolchildren since some of France's history (including murder) took place here. We went for the beautiful architecture in many styles. There are preserved archeologic remains and original castle stone carvings, a picture gallery and authentic pieces and reproductions that emphasize the history in appropriate places.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Top Ranking Chateau and an interesting City
  • Cons:Takes plenty of time and walking to see it all.
  • In a nutshell:Do Not Miss It
  • Last visit to Blois: May 1998
  • Intro Written May 18, 2007
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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Good comments and photos, thanks for sharing. Cheers, Ian

  • Aafia's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:02 AM

    Greetings from Cape Breton, Canada. You have some wonderful photos and thorough tips. Brings back fond memories of happy days spent there.

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