By car and motorbike
Trip - Land of Artists
Be carried away by the imagination and creativity of internationally-renowned Belgian artists on this 2-day trip, by car, and stay at the Dolce La Hulpe Brussels, a superb hotel set in the heart of the Sonian Forest.
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The Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve is a fascinating picture of the life and work of Hergé, the father of Tintin and Milou.More than 80 original drawings, 800 photos, documents and various objects have been collected in this audacious palace of light and magic.Its architect, Christian de Portzamparc, a poet of volumes and space, dreamed of an exceptional building for an exceptional heritage.Surprises are guaranteed with the multi-talented artist: graphic artist, publicist, caricaturist, script writer and painter in his leisure time, Hergé was all that and moreDiscover the fabulous career of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
At the Hergé Museum, the "Petit Vingtième" restaurant offers authentic and classic dishes that vary with the seasons.The decor is inspired by the eponymous supplement from the newspaper "Le Vingtième siècle" where the first Adventures of Tintin were published, back in 1929. Tintin fans, but not only, will particularly enjoy the theme of the decor.You can also make use of the terrace in summer!
If you're passing through Louvain-la-Neuve, don't miss its university museum! It's Belgium's very first large-scale university museum. 3830 m², spread over 6 floors, are accessible to the general public. The Musée L has a total of 20,000 works, 1,500 of which are exhibited. These works come from all 5 continents and cover a wide period, which goes from Prehistoric times to the 20th century.Crossing the threshold of the Musée assures you a wealth of encounters with the worlds of science and the arts. The Musée L seeks to breath life into the dialogue between works of art, artefacts from ancient civilisations, the inventions of science, while prioritising experimentation and direct contact with the works.
Brasserie Dubuisson inaugurated its new micro-brewery - Le Brasse-Temps - in Louvain-la-Neuve in 2000, in the aim of introducing Belgian and overseas students from the university to the famous Bush beers and other Dubuisson specialities, such as the Cuvée des Trolls. The mini-brewery produces high-quality beers you can savour while you're visiting. The beers are stored in tanks or barrels filled on site, or directly fed to the pumps.
Tucked away in Forêt de Soignes forest, this hotel is a genuine green sanctuary and retreat. The rooms and suites open onto the forest and combine comfort, contemporary design and leading edge technology.
The Folon Foundation, located just a few minutes from Brussels, was imagined and created by the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon who presents some 40 years of his creativity. More than 500 of his works are on display in 15 rooms dedicated to the museum in the La Hulpe Castle farm on the grounds of the gorgeous Solvay Regional Domain.The exhibit shows multiple facets of Jean-Michel Folon's art: watercolours, silk screens, etchings, posters, re-interpreted objects, stained-glass, sculptures …In a very original presentation; the museum conducts a surprising tour as the artist opens the book of his life… Films, sound and visual effects enliven the interactive display. After your visit, enjoy the 227 hectares of the Solvay Regional Domain to wander around the lovely grounds and ponds that are the home of exceptional animal and plant life.
Just a short distance from the "Fondation Folon" stands "La Taverne de l'Homme Bleu". In a sleek setting, and with a "table d'hôte" atmosphere, it offers diners a range of salads, omelettes or sandwiches, as well as other sweet or savoury suggestions. Do come and sit for a while on its magnificent terrace, with a view on to the orchard. It's the perfect spot to chill out.
Entering the Marthe Donas Museum in Ittre takes you on a journey to the land of abstract art, and more specifically cubism.Set in the Chapelle des Sœurs de l’Enfant-Jésus, the museum looks back on the life and career of the artist Marthe Donas through her drawings and paintings. Originally from Antwerp, Marthe Donas (1885-1967) discovered cubism and modernism in Paris during World War I. By 1920 her work was already exhibited across Europe and she intrigued the avant-garde under the male pseudonym of Tour Donas. The collections at the Marthe Donas Museum consist of around 40 paintings by Marthe Donas, 70 works by Guillaume Vanden Borre and 40 pieces (paintings, engravings, drawings, sculptures…) by Pierre Caille.
The little brother of the Atelier du Ry Ternel, the Brasserie des Artistes serves up a different type of cuisine. Following the pure brasserie tradition, Nicolas and his team serve up the great culinary classics, but with an 'Atelier-style' twist, to delight theatregoers and others alike. Whether before or after the show, a warm welcome and affordably-priced but high-quality food are guaranteed, all with the aim of recreating that old-time spirit and ambience so dear to the loyal patrons of La Valette for over 25 years.