Comic reliefs in Brussels

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Courtesy Bureau des Grands Événements/Bureau voor de Grote Evenementen

There's a reason Brussels has been dubbed the Capital of the Comic Strip: It's the birthplace of the Smurfs, sharpshooting cowboy Lucky Luke, and intrepid reporter Tintin. To honor the city's animated heritage, the Belgian capital is throwing a yearlong bash, which includes the opening of the Hergé Museum, dedicated to the artist who first sketched Tintin and his trusty terrier, Snowy, 80 years ago. In the city center, the Comic Strip Route walking tour spotlights over 30 outdoor statues and murals that depict cartoon characters in, yes, comic situations. brusselscomics.com

From the April 2009 issue of Budget Travel

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