Last week was an eventful one for Julie. Her thesis finally finished printed and sent off to the prof, and also hearing back as to which school, and which city she will be teaching in.
And that city is: Blois . Yes, that is pronounced like “blah” with a “w” in the middle. Mike’s going to have a field day.
It’s a little town of about 50,000 inhabitants. It is a very old city, dating back to the 6th century or so, and has a very rich history. It was a residence for French Kings. Louis XII was born and lived there. Other notable homeboys are Denis Papin, who built the first piston steam engine, and Houdin, the father of modern conjuring.
The middle of town is hilly and winding. On our apartment hunt yesterday, at least two of the flats we visited were in medieval houses. One of which was literally next door to the chateau (I wanted that one because it’s on all the postcards).