The Comic Connection
With its little stone-paved lanes and medieval architecture, the
capital of Belgium is home to one of the most popular comic
characters in the world Ė Tintin. As the adventures of Tintin
unfold, itís not hard to see that creator Herge used Brussels as the
backdrop. Whether itís the Royal Palace in King Ottokarís Sceptre
or the Hotel Metropol in The Seven Crystal Balls, parts of Brussels
have been used all over, giving readers a glimpse of the city. Do
round up the popular Place du Jeu de Balle flea market which
makes an opening scene in The Secret of the Unicorn.
Also head to Louvain-la-Neuve, 30km from Brussels, and take a
tour of the Herge Museum. If you want to laze around, a walk
around the city is recommended where youíll find murals and
frescos inspired by Tintin on the walls of Rue de líEtuve Street,
Stokkel station and the Zuidstation subway. Remember to have
a meal at the Faubourg St Antoine, a Tintin themed restaurant.
And after you are done touring Brussels for Tintin memorabilia,
drop by at the La Fleur en Papier Dorť bar, a popular hangout of
Herge and may other prominent Belgian artists.