The One Thing You Must Do in Blois France?
After yesterday’s grinding trip, and the struggle to stay awake until a reasonable hour last night, morning came way too early. This jet lag thing can be a real drag.
The day began in a fog. I wasn’t really sure which way was up. After a cold shower to shock my system, we climbed into our trusty Renault Twingo and made our way to Blois (bl-waa), the City of Kings.The One Thing You Must Do in Blois France? Click To Tweet
Our reason for going to Blois? To take in the beautiful Chateau Royal de Blois, of course. That’s what most people stop in to see.
Little did we knowing what lay in store for us. After the requisite period spent getting lost, even with GPS, we managed to find parking near the center of town and across from the river.
As luck would have it, this town has a Saturday market and we were there just in time. There are few things that I love more than wandering the streets and alleys with all the fresh produce. The air is filled with the aroma of freshly baked breads, fresh strawberries, olives of every variety, and so much more. But, this was only the beginning of what was becoming a truly memorable day.
Jodi had found a walking tour of Blois France online, and we decided to follow it and see if the author had any good tips. The tour led us hither and yon, over hill and dale, and along cobbled streets lined with 16th century buildings.
Our altitude increased as our trek to the chateau continued. The Sherpas sent us on alone as the way became too difficult even for the toughest of them.
Chateau Royal de Blois has a lovely courtyard with a few restaurants tucked here and there around it. It is here that our second serendipitous moment occurred, and the one thing you must do in Blois France.
As we sat at one of the tables on the Place du Château having a cool drink, there arose a clatter at the building, the House of Magic, at the end of the place about 50 meters from us.
Through the windows were emerging the heads of several enormous mechanical dragons whose heads danced around for several minutes. You can hear Jodi at 1:03 into the video laughing in delight as the show was going on.
We found out a short time later that the building was actually a Museum of Magic dedicated to Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin, a French magician. Harry Houdini took his name from this influential French magician.
So, the one thing you must do in Blois France is sit in the Place du Château for lunch, or just an ice cream, and wait for the dragons to emerge.
Our stroll through the back streets led us down this little back alley that opened onto a small square that was home to several restaurants. It was here while having lunch, the most delicious margherita pizza either one of us had ever had, that we had another of those moments that can’t be planned.
As we were eating, three young musicians consisting of a singer, a guitarist, and a “drummer”, whose drum was a fairly large wooden box that sat upon as he played. These guys shared some great jazz standards as Jodi and I enjoyed our meal.
So, is there truly one thing you must do in Blois France? Yes, but don’t stop there, because it’s always the surprising little things that you don’t expect that make the visit.
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