30 June 2011

A Look At Abandoned Chateaus

 

 

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If you have a few minutes of time, take a look at this short documentary about the making of the trailer for the book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.   Riggs made the trailer for this, his first novel, after traveling to Belgium and Luxembourg looking for the ruined house of his imagination:  Miss Peregrine’s home.

 

 

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This abandoned chateau in Belgium was almost exactly how Riggs imagined Miss Peregrine’s house would look like. 

 

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I liked this angle, showing an arched terrace. 

The documentary is beautifully filmed and is just a bit creepy at the same. time.   My favorite part is where Riggs shows a “dirty mirror” and all I see is a gorgeous Louis Philippe just waiting for a proper home.

 

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This house was left intact.   Notice the chandelier – I have seen these with shorter skirts.  This one is rather long.

 

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This bedroom with its suite of furniture must have once been the home of a very devout person. 

 

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Out back at one chateau was this workshop, left as-is in 1954, the year I was born!  I wonder if his shop was called Décor?  Notice the urn on the Décor signs.

 

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At this house, Riggs assumed someone wealthy had lived here.  The ceiling shows Swedish styled wallpaper.  I wonder what the light fixture looked like?

 

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In this attic, Riggs finds a dirty mirror.  I’m amazed no one has stolen this seemingly perfect Louis Philippe!

Truthfully, I was surprised how many abandoned chateaus were in Belgium.  If you read the Beta-Plus books, they make it seem as if each property in that country has been restored.  Obviously, there are still plenty houses in need of some TLC.

The documentary is just 7 minutes long.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 

To view the video go HERE.  It’s the first video on the page.  The second video is the actual trailer for the book.  To order Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children go HERE.