Although we seriously considered renting a car, in order to get to some of the many castles along the valley for which the Loire region is so famous (as well as the wines, of course), we opted to stick with the train, which limits our choice, but – well, we can’t see everything!
Blois Chateau is interesting and impressive. So much more worth the admission price than Bizy in Vernon! And right in the heart of the town. We have given up on Cheverny and Chambord… just can’t get to them without car … or bicycle! (which is another option we’ll try to get to Villandry).
The royal chateau in Blois was home to Francois I (whose emblem was a salamander) and Henry IV (or was it III?) whose emblem was a porcupine!, among other kings and queens. It’s really impressive and the architecture and exhibits were really interesting (in my opinion). The evening we arrived, we explored the city centre, discovering various walking routes marked with metal medallions inlaid into the cobblestone walkways and sidewalks. Fun to follow the porcupines! We wound up at the river just at dusk, where we watched the rats scurrying about along the shoreline! The little hotel we stayed in had a resident cat (and dog), so no worries!
Next morning, we spent at the chateau... longer than we thought we would... and then it was time to jump on the train again to the next destination: Amboise.