A couple of years ago we visited the Brugge Ice Sculpture show. It’s on again this year, featuring characters from the new Disney movie Frozen, but this year there was also a similar show on in Brussels. Considering the relative distances involved and the enormous queues we’d encountered in Brugge we opted for the closer one. The theme was comic book characters, with a mixture of Belgian and American icons. I’ve never read any of the Belgian comics featured here, but that didn’t stop me or my children admiring the artistry involved in creating these life-sized sculptures.
Naturally the first thing we saw upon entering was a Smurf.
This is Michel Vaillant, Formula One racer.
Agent 212 and, in the foreground, De Rode Ridder.
Lucky Luke, the cowboy. Belgians pronounce his name “Luke-y Luke”.
OK, I’m on safer ground here. I think I know who this is.
Jolly Green Giant.
Lanfeust de Troy. You know, for kids.
The Thompson Twins. Or as they’re known in French, “Dupond et Dupont”.
A rocket which I think featured in a story about Tintin going to the moon. There’s a similar rocket in the entrance hall of the Brussels Comics Museum.
Various Asterix characters.
Le Chat, chilling out next to the bar.
The wall of the bar.
And at the end of the bar a lady in a fur bikini, with a thermometer in her cleavage. Your typical Belgian bar, really.
Once outside we passed into a heated cafe for some cake and coffee. The sudden change of temperature had a rather photogenic effect on my lens.
Just next door was the Brussels Skyliner. For 8 Euro you get to climb inside a platform which rises 85m into the sky for views across Brussels. For some bizarre reason you’re not allowed to take cameras on board, although they’re fine with you keeping your smartphone or tablet with you. So once I’d left my DSLR in a locker we headed up for a brief spin.
We’d had Dinner In The Sky at exactly the same spot last year, although not quite as high up, so the view was a little better this time.
Not a bad option for an afternoon’s wintry entertainment if you’ve had your fill of Christmas markets and skating rinks.