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Blois is a lakeside city located on La Devereaux (Devereaux River) and Lac de la Triouzoune (Triouzoune Lake), in the province of New Hérault, New Duveland, 300 kilometres north of the province capital, Toulon. It is the second largest New Héraultais city, with an estimated urban population of 416,671 as of April 2017.
Settled in the early 19th century, Blois is the second oldest city in New Hérault, and has grown considerable amounts compared to other non-capital cities.
The city has become a centre of finance and manufacturing, and is often considered the capital of Northern New Hérault, with it's economic impact bringing in half the province's agricultural produce and easy export down La Devereaux.
The city has greatly diversified since it's establishment, with many large wool mills, ropeworks, and paper mills operating in the city, alongside automobile manufacturing plants, food production and has recently become a large financial centre, which can be very visable given the city's dense downtown core, known as "La Nouville", an area that was planned out in the early 20th century to help expand the city from it's original colonial layouts, which have since gone through the process of Gentrification.
Today, Blois stands as an emerging health, education and advanced manufacturing hub. The city's economy is powering through to new heights, seeing growth in almost every sector of the economy, positioning itself as one of the leading non-capital New Duveland cities.
Blois can, and is ready to host an event such as the Alliance Summer games. The city has been planned from scratch after it outgrew it's oldtown, with it's unique twisted grid layout like no other. The city's infrastructure is world class for a city of its size, with wide boulevards lined with trees, pedestrian malls in the heart of the city reclaiming the streets for the people, and a vibrant waterfront community.
Blois is surrounded by pre-existing sporting structures, with two major stadiums within walking distance of ferries and trains, world class golf parks, diving, rowing and swimming areas, there is no doubt that the city is already equipped to handle such games.
Blois is a very connected city, it is the smallest city in New Duveland to have a fully functional urban train network, it has one of the most interconnected ferry networks in the country, has numerous bus routes across the urban area and incorporates functional freeway systems. The city is also connected to an international airport serving the Oceania region, with longer haul flights from Asia, North America, South America and Europe diverting through Esperance first.
Le Stade Blois
Blois Stadium will be the main stadium throughout the event, with a capacity of 45,000 and easy access to ferries, trains and buses, it is more than ready to host the Games.
Blois Stadium from above.
Blois Stadium from inside, looking North West.
Blois Stadium in relation to Central Blois.
The Central Business District is full of hotels due to the city's location to the Ustou Mountains, the most popular ski resort destination in all of New Hérault.
Athlete accommodation will be provided within walking distance of Pontlevoy Station, which is just 7 minutes away from the central station.
Pontlevoy Station, with the Athlete housing seen to the north.
Blois' international airport is just a 20 minute train trip directly to the central city, no need to order a Taxi or hire a car, Blois' public transport system will get you where you need to go.
Even though Blois is inland, it can't be a typical New Duveland city without a beach! Turua beach is an artificial beach along the edge of Lac de la Triouzoune. It has become one of the city's most popular destinations in the summer months when temperatures can swell up to 35 degrees days on end, with the added subtropical climate added in too.
Île de Waipapa (Waipapa Island) will be the home of Sailing, Rowing and diving, which will all take place in secluded parts of Lac de la Triouzoune.
We hope to see you all in Blois for these Summer Games!