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Comic Strip Centre

When you have a ten-year-old comic-loving boy and a husband who’s a comic-loving artist and little boy at heart, a trip to the Comic Strip Centre is at the top of your list on your trip to Brussels. Turns out, it was the favourite stop for all of us in Brussels, and we had a lot of fun checking it out.

The kids with Gaston, a Belgian comic strip character, at the top of the path to the Comic Strip Museum.

The kids with Gaston, a Belgian comic strip character, at the top of the path to the Museum.

They main attractions are the permanent Hergé (Tintin!) and Peyo (Smurfs!) exhibits, where we spent most of our time. The building itself was designed by Belgian art nouveau architect Victor Horta, and some of the interior details were really incredible. Sadly my photos of the beautiful art nouveau glass work inside the ceiling didn’t really turn out, as I forgot my dslr at the apartment for the whole day. Thank goodness for iPhones! In any case, the details were really cool. You can just catch a glimpse of the glass in the top of the photo below.

View of the entry from above. Building designed by Belgian art nouveau architect Victor Horta.

View of the entry from above. Building designed by Belgian art nouveau architect Victor Horta.

Smurfs! Or rather, Schtroumfs!

Smurfs! Or rather, Schtroumfs!

The kids especially loved all the large-scale models of some of their favourite characters. Oliver really got into his poses for the photos, what a funny kid! Derek and I were both huge fan of the Smurfs as kids (ummm, ya I still am. I love the Smurfs!) so unsurprisingly I absolutely loved the Smurf corner. There were even several glass cases filled with *real* Smurf artifacts 🙂 Amazing, I mean, come on.

Off to space with Tintin.

Destination Moon.

Oli really got into his poses, here with Tintin + crew heading off to space.

Oli really getting into his poses, here with Tintin + crew heading off to space.

Smurf House!

Smurf House!

Danica with Harmony Smurf on piano.

Danica with Harmony Smurf on piano.

And the smurf-sized version of Harmony's piano.

And the smurf-sized version of Harmony’s piano.

My personal favourite of the amazing Smurf Artifacts, Jokey's present!

My personal favourite of the amazing Smurf Artifacts, Jokey’s present!

Painter Smurf's supplies.

Painter Smurf’s supplies.

The Smurf Band - I love Papa Smurf's toadstool stand.

The Smurf Band – I love Papa Smurf’s toadstool stand.

Smurfs do laundry too...

Smurfs do laundry too…

Some of Gargamel's potions and a Smurf cage. (the glare here was awful, I tried to get Derek to stand in front to cover it a bit but it didn't work)

Some of Gargamel’s potions and a Smurf cage. (the glare here was awful, I tried to get Derek to stand in front to cover it a bit but it didn’t work)

Gargamel's big book. Sarsaparilla + Schtroumf!

Gargamel’s big book. Sarsaparilla + Schtroumf!!!

Oli explains (in detail) the many disguises of Tintin.

Oli explains (in detail) the many disguises of Tintin.

French comic book characters Boule et Bill.

French comic book characters Boule et Bill.

The kids with Porco Rosso. We are big Miyazaki fans!

The kids with Porco Rosso. We are big Miyazaki fans!

The kids with Goku. This picture cracks me up, Danica's starting to wonder about Oli's poses...

The kids with Goku. This picture cracks me up, Danica’s starting to wonder about Oli’s poses…

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1 Comment

  1. Graham Nixon says

    Hi guys……moma says she’d have loved to have been there to see the wonder in their eyes. We can’t wait for December to share, first hand, their excitement about their year in Europe.

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