Cheverny Castle Tintin or Captain Haddock rather, is what inspired Hergé to create Moulinsart. This castle is not as big as the neighbouring castles of Chambord, Blois and Chenonceau, but that's precisely its charm. You can get there by bus or by car, although we went by bike. We started going through a souvenir shop, which sells a lot of souvenirs from Tintin and Haddock, and then we entered the castle, which is still inhabited by a family. It is warmer than Chambord castle, which is empty of all furniture except for its paintings. After that, we visited the gardens, the greenhouse and the dogs. As this is a hunting region, and the lord of the castle has a pack of dogs. The castle was built in the year 1630, and its charm is mainly based on its collections of furniture and paintings of the period, and its well kept garden.
Cheverny is another village that I visited during my holiday in the Loire Valley. It is located near Chenonceaux, among other interesting towns. Basically we went to see the Castle, but after the visit we took a short walk through the streets, and to visit the church of Saint Etienne. It's worth exploring its streets and seeing their tiny houses.
The Church of Saint Etienne, is in Cheverny, in Loire Valley. It is a small church built in the 12th century, although it has been restored several times. Most impressive is its tall bell tower and its peculiar shape. It's very different from other churches that can be found in the area. Its free to visit.