Cheverny ,dogs and Tintin!!!

One of the best fairy tail castles of the valley of the kings or Loire is Cheverny. It has to rank as one of our favorites over the years. We were there long ago with the whole gang and now came back missing our dear women mom and wife have passed away. It was a memorable strange visit with the boys, Dad and our dog Rex. We came here essentially to find ourselves with the loving good memories of visiting the kennel and the cartoon series Tintin. Let me tell you a bit more on it; hope you enjoy it as I!!!

My maternal grandfather was a hunter and had dogs. I remember still going out with him in his Jeep! Maybe that is why my love affair with dogs has continue, and still have my loving nice dog Rex a border collier/labrador breed or borador!!! 

My boys grew up with their mother teaching them French since birth back in Florida and one of the tools she used were the Tintin series of cartoon books from Hergé. Good she did as their French was perfect the moment arrive in France and had good notes in school where we were even complimented by the teaching staff and directors. Tintin is it, and they have become very attach to it even today; they still keep the series intact.

One of the all time best cartoonist in Europe, and the world  I must add, Hergé and the character Tintin, which used this castle as the series castle Moulinsart. the front of the castle is what inspired Hergé for his Chateau de Moulinsart fame in the Tintin series. Cheverny, the castle which inspired Hergé for the adventures of Tintin is in the album “The Secret of the Unicorn” that we discover the Château de Moulinsart for the first time. The reporter Tintin is then held prisoner in the cellars of the castle.

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A little history of Moulinsart tells us that the Château was offered by King Louis XIV to Chevalier François de Hadoque (the ancestor of Captain Haddock) by a deed of ownership signed in Versailles on July 15, 1684 … It was not until the end of the “Red Rackham’s Treasure” adventure that Captain Haddock bought the castle from his grandfather, with the support of Professor Calculus.

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To represent Moulinsart, the designer Hergé was inspired by the Château de Cheverny, from which he removed the two outer wings. Inside, some rooms are inspired by the castle. Moulinsart then becomes a recurring element of decoration in the adventures of Tintin, Captain Haddock and Professor Tournesol settle there, soon joined by the reporter … The castle is even at the heart of the intrigue of the album “Les Bijoux de the Castafiore ”.(Jewels of Castafiore).

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The Château de Cheverny hosts a permanent exhibition dedicated to Tintin. An interactive exhibition on 700m2 which introduces you to the world of characters from Hergé’s work. Magical and with kids even a must to visit.

The official Château de Cheverny on Tintin

The kennels of Cheverny castle date from 1850 and are home to around a hundred Anglo-French tricolor dogs, from a cross between English Fox Hound and French Poitevins.


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The Château de Cheverny has the daily feeding at 17h which was not time for us to see it this time but did saw the dogs. This is the time of day when visitors can participate in the meal of the Cheverny pack who devoured in half an hour!

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The official Château de Cheverny on the kennel

For info, the Valley of the Loire Loir et Cher dept 41 tourist office on Cheverny:

There you go folks, figure need to put this one separate from the castle per se. Two major items to see while in this beautiful castle of the Loire. The Château de Cheverny has given us lots of good memorable moments we enjoy remembering of it. Hope you too ,find it a memorable moment in your visit.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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5 Comments to “Cheverny ,dogs and Tintin!!!”

  1. I visited Cheverny a long time ago, at that time there was not yet the Tintin exhibition, so I will have to go back. There are so many beautiful chateaux around the Loire that they need something to stand out and attract visitors. Tintin is a good idea.

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  2. If I remember well, a characteristic of Cheverny is having corridors with doors to rooms instead of ‘ensuite’ rooms.

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