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Take a stroll around the Marolles, a working class neighbourhood where workers and artists rub shoulders. We’ll start our journey at the Palais de Justice above. Take the glass elevator and quietly descend.
We're now on a square where cafés and stalls bloom. There is a surprising trompe-l’œil on a wall. We continue to the left, on Rue Haute, where we take our time. There are good brasseries including the Melting Pot café, where a series is filmed. If you look up a little further on you'll see a fresco of Quick and Flupke on a wall. They're watching the brigadier, the Waterer Watered. We descend deeper to the right, along Rue Blaes, an alley that leads to the heart of the district.
Shopping for antiques like Tintin
Take the cobblestone street down to the Place du Jeu de Balle, the flea market where Tintin found the first model of the Unicorn. All sorts of things can be haggled for here. You can go to Les Bains, in a corner of the square, to relax. Feeling a little hungry? Try La Brocante, a typical brasserie where a reindeer smokes a pipe and musicians play on Sundays. Continue down Rue Blaes to find some amazing design and second-hand shops. Now we’re at La Chapelle church. We're done walking, at least for today!
I teach tennis in the city and also write about culture for a number of publications. I love to travel and meet people. My city? It's an improv concert in a down-to-earth bar, an exhibition built on a work site, a play performed in the heart of the old city... My little extra: combining sport and culture!