Yesterday I wrote about the new Tintin movie by Steven Spielberg that started production this week. This reminds me of Château de Cheverny that we visited in the Loire Valley in France last year. Belgian comic book creator Hergé used Cheverny as a model for his fictional Marlinspike Hall (Château de Moulinsart in French), the residence of Captain Haddock. In the Tintin version the two outermost wings have been removed, but the rest is almost identical.
We had a very nice visit to the castle and a walk around the large castle grounds. Near the entrance to the park is a building with a permant Tintin exhibit titled The Secrets of Moulinsart, which features rooms decorated as in Marlinspike Hall, artwork and information about Herge and the world of Tintin. It’s a cute exhibit and not to be missed by any Tintin fan. It’s especially nice for kids, as there is a lot to touch and explore.
Here are some photos of the exhibition:
Throughout the exhibit were hidden panels in the walls that revealed artwork or ‘props’ from Tintin’s adventures: