Lunch at Comics Cafe Brussels

The website of Comics Cafe says, “Comics and fine dining, two pillars of Belgian culture, join forces here!” Indeed. If Brussels is comics city (see my photoessay on wall art in Brussels), then Comics Cafe is its crowning glory. This comics-themed cafe welcomes you with a life-size bronze statue of Tintin, Belgium’s favourite son. And…

Graffiti art in Ghent

If Flanders (a region within Belgium) itself is an overlooked destination within Western Europe, then think of Ghent as the neglected step-sister. Tourists stop to gawk at the grandeur of Brussels and moon over the picture postcard prettiness of Bruges – and who can blame them – but skip this University town altogether in their…

Antwerpian Extravagance

Temple to chocolates, diamonds and high fashion (Published in the July issue of Jet Wings International…) Antwerp has been positioned by Flanders Tourism as the “so cool it’s hot” city. And rightly so. Visitors to Belgium largely ignore this town, which is overshadowed by the more picturesque Bruges and Ghent. The next time though, be…

Footloose in Flanders

If Eat, Pray, Love was a town, it would be Bruges. So pretty, so picture postcard that some guidebooks have described it as touristy and a tad fake. Our guide in Bruges splutters indignantly about the American who thought of it as a medieval Disneyland, asking him, “Is Bruges shut for winter?” Bruges is an…

Death by dessert

Eat it. Breathe it. Or snort it. Visit a museum that is a paean to the pleasures of chocolate – the Choco Story in Bruges. For, if there is one thing you cannot escape in Belgium, it is chocolate. Belgians discovered chocolate in the 17th century when cocoa was first shipped from South America by…

Friday photo: Ghent

After the delightful charm of Bruges, Ghent was initially a disappointment – cloudy skies and construction material everywhere did not help. In the evening, we took a boat ride on the river Lys (Leie); the sun had come out by then and young people by the dozens were sitting by the river, enjoying that fine…

Comics city Brussels

Although Brussels is not the most charming city in Belgium – there are far prettier towns in the northern region of Flanders – it won me over with its stunning wall art scattered carelessly through its heart. Brussels takes it comics very seriously – comic book shops in plenty, a comics cafe (more on it…

Suggestion of the day

Here is something to chase those Monday blues away… and if you live in Bangalore, to better enjoy this lovely day…