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Blois town guide

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About an hour from Tours and twenty minutes from Chambord, visitors exploring the Loire Valley by hire car will find Blois and its chateau to be a highlight of the trip.

There are several important chateau in this area including Cheverny and Chaumont but if you only have time for one visit make it Blois. The Chateau has several distinct styles, the earliest being the Medieval court room Salles des Etats Generaux. Catherine de Medici was quartered in the Francois 1st wing. There have been various assassinations carried out in the Chateau and some of the displays reflect this. This wing is built in the Renaissance Style. The Gaston d'Orleans wing is in the classical style. If you visit the Chateau during the day, make sure that you return in the evening for one of the superb Son et Lumiere performances.

Before returning to the town, take the opportunity to visit the "Maison de la Magie" and discover who it was that inspired Houdini to become a great magician.

The town of Blois itself reflects the grandeur of the chateau with its courtiers' houses backed by the traffic free medieval quarter around Place Vauvert. A visit to Place Louis Twelfth will reveal a market place surrounded by half timbered houses.

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