After intense days of family reunions and culinary excesses of all kinds, White holidays say goodbye to a year full of illusion and prospects of a recovery that seems to not reach everyone equally. For all this, the head of the Creative department of juanjook.com gave more than one walk was the lively streets of the Belgian capital. The Grand Place was their colorful starting point.
During the incredible route of murals and facades of Comic the city of Brussels, one can approximate in a short time one of the bases of the patriotic national pride, as well as chocolate, crêpes, Gothic, Art Nouveau, beer or you waffles. Snacks, that rather than bread, bullets, explosions, comics, cartoons, personalities of children and adults, etc. fill cold streets.
Leaving aside the French Asterix and Obelix, who pays homage to in the Centre Belge de la Bande Desinée, lots of avenues, squares, lots, streets and passages of the historical centre of Brussels are illustrated by fantastic images of comics, stories, and comics such as: Suske, Spirou, Tintin, The Smurfs or Lucky Lucke.
The 9th Art has a success unprecedented in the capital, and not only Brussels but also tourists coexist and appreciate daily messages, the range of colors, bold designs, humor or so characteristic of these national heroes forms. At the same time, the sculptures are visible characters of the comic known in various key places in the political capital of Europe. Gaston Lagaffe (by André Franquin) is an example, as well as Vaartkapoenen (thief following a police), next to the known figures that may not endure your urination after a long “hangover” (Manneken, Jeanneke and Zinneke Pis).
The real turning point in the art of the comic had as main icon to one of the most renowned Belgian characters: Tintín (/Tantán/ as it is known in Belgium). With his inseparable Milu, other well-known figures of the historical adventurer journalist has a place in the Comic Museum. The brothers Hernández and Fernández, the Captain Haddock, the professor Tornasol,… In particular, in the “Rue de l’Etuve” you can see a fresh made by the author of Tintin, Hergé, where is his Fox terrier and Captain Haddock next to a ladder.
That strange feeling of return to childhood, of being wrapped in a changing, creative, youth, environment full of light, allowing oneself to relax along the streets, contemplating while stops time these recognized works of art and not cease to appreciate the taste of detail and nearby cartoons. The Belgian capital has that charm and goes far beyond knowing extract from its architecture, a strong commitment to urban culture and approach to a public increasingly younger and more cosmopolitan. Spirou, Quique and Flupi, Titeuf, the little Jojo or Brousaille are obvious examples of how local leaders have managed to firmly opting to bring art and design to their fellow citizens and integrate them in the historical spaces.
In addition to the passion for comics, another of the strengths of the visit to the community capital is without doubt modernism. In Brussels it is known by “Art Nouveau“ and the vestiges are many among its buildings. The particular Gaudí of the city should respond to a historic requirement of the moment, not only in sculpture or painting, but especially in architecture. The father of the Belgian Art Nouveau, Víctor Horta, has a magnificent House Museum in the District of Ixelles (and is the real axis of the Modernist Route of Brussels).
Must-see, the hall of the recognized Hôtel Metroplole the community capital, the majestic Basilique du Sacré-Coeur or the magnificent modernist buildings of the district of St-Gilles, as well as the Square Ambiorix, are unique samples where the balustrade, the curve, wrought iron, steel balcony or taste to detail the curve are a constant.
From juanjook.com I recommend at all times combined this enriching journey less crowded corner of the Belgian capital, along with the pleasure of taste better the best waffles and crêpes cobbled streets, feeling one as one character more comic strip and touch on a daily basis the modernist style more characteristic of Central Europe.