The Château de Blois, the handsome former seat of the dukes of Orléans, is magnificent, and its great facade rises above the modern town like an Italianate cliff. There are stretches of woodland within striking distance including the Forêt de Blois to the west of the town on the north bank of the Loire, and the Parc de Chambord and Forêt de Boulogne, further upstream. To the south and east, the forested, watery, game-rich area known as the Sologne lies between the Loire and Cher, stretching beyond Orléans almost as far as Gien. A good reason to use Blois as a base is its proximity to several châteaux.

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