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Pay a lighthearted literary visit to Belgium.

If you enjoyed the stories of Tintin and his dog Snowy when you were a child, or if your kids do, why not pay a visit to Louvain-la-Neuve and visit the museum (www.museeherge.com) which opened last year devoted to their creator Hergé and his characters? Hergé died 27 years ago but his characters still have plenty of fans throughout the world.

Indeed the area, Walloon Brabant, is the cradle of the comic book and the Hergé Museum is the latest to join a list of around 20 museums dedicated to the art. The Wellington Museum at nearby Waterloo features a comic strip on display which tells the story of the Napoleonic Wars. It’s just a stone’s throw away from where, in June 1815, the French Emperor lost the great battle which is re-enacted at the site.

And following in a literary vein, head east to the attractive town of Liege, where crime writer Simenon wrote about the adventures of Commissioner Maigret, the detective who claimed to have had a liaison with 30,000 women.

Easy Jet has low cost flights to Brussels and Ryanair flies to Brussels-Charleroi. Or take a fast train with Eurostar to Brussels and on to Liege.

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