Blois in Loire, France
This is a vinyl fridge magnet (7" x 4") souvenir depicting Blois in Loire, France. Blois has a long history of aristocratic and royal drama. In 1429, Joan of Arc made Blois her base of operations for the relief of Orleans. Joan of Arc rode the thirty-five miles to Blois to relieve Orleans. After his captivity in England, Charles of Orleans in 1440 took up his residence in the chateau, where in 1462 his son, afterwards Louis XII, was born. In the 16th century Blois was often the resort of the French court. The Treaty of Blois, which temporarily halted the Italian Wars, was signed there in 1504-1505. In 1576 and 1588 Henri III, King of France, chose Blois as the meeting-place of the States-General, and in 1588 he brought about the murders of Henry, Duke of Guise, and his brother, Louis, archbishop of Reims and cardinal, in the Chateau, where their deaths were shortly followed by that of the queen-mother, Catherine de' Medici. From 1617 to 1619 Marie de' Medici, wife of King Henri IV, exiled from the court, lived at the chateau, which was soon afterwards given by King Louis XIII to his brother Gaston, Duke of Orleans, who lived there till his death in 1660. The Chateau de Blois, a Renaissance chateau once occupied by King Louis XII, is located in the centre of the city, and an 18th century stone bridge spans the Loire.
Modern Day Attractions Of Blois
Blois is built on two steep hills, resulting in steep pathways and many long staircases. To the south of the city, the Foret de Russy is a reminder of the woods that once covered the entire area. The city was bombed heavily and occupied during World War II. The German army took the city on 18 June 1940 and American soldiers liberated it during the last two weeks of August 1944. The House of Magic attracts visitors with an interactive museum and shows by magicians. La Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin (The House of Magician Robert-Houdin) is a museum fronting onto the Chateau. It is the only public museum in Europe which incorporates collections of magic and is also a permanent performing arts arena. The Poulain chocolate firm has had a strict no-tours policy for the last 150 years. The secretive Poulain does not wish to have any recipes stolen.