Blois, It was the first city in France in which I visited. I may have landed in Paris but I immediately took the Train, known as SNCF, to Blois. Thus making it my first city that I visited in France, where I spend two weeks there before heading off to the South of France, Aix-en-Provence for my studies.
Arriving at Blois, I stayed in a hotel where there was a kitchen (which helped with the cost of food) but no room service. Everything in France is mostly done by the people, not the staff, and everyone is used to staying in hostels or “gites.”
Fun fact: everything in France closes around 7:30 or 8 pm and on Sundays everything is closed!
I arrived at night so, I directly went to bed. The next morning I went to explore the town, I was told by a French student that French towns are small in comparison to American ones. Oh, was she so right about that! I could walk all the town, OK I could walk the center of the city. This one is larger so you cannot really walk it unless you stay in the heart of the city. So, to go all around Blois it is better to ride a bike along the beautiful Loire River.
Blois has a castle in the middle of its lively working city, that is composed of three different castle architecture in one. The first one being a fortress built in the 10th century.The 13th century brought medieval architecture to one side of the castle by the Chântillon family.Then in the 15th century, the Renaissance phase was added by King Louis the 13th.
Blois also has an interesting museum, it is hidden, but the locals know about it! Glad, I had the chance to be with a local! The museum or exposition is very psychological it plays games on you and has a hint of modern art. I even got scared going up the stairs because it had strange noises and screens of an old witch laughing. The name of the place is called La Fondation du Doute, The literal translation of that is The foundation of doubt or Museum of Doubt.
Which they are currently displaying a beautiful exposition in honor to an American artist named Geoffrey Hendricks, who painted skies in public spaces. More on that in my last post!
Overall, Blois is a beautiful city that holds its traditional French roots, not giving into modernism. After touring the beautiful town it was hard to leave it since I feel in love with it.