Okay you tell me, is this an actor portraying Jesus or what...we saw this guy all dressed up with no camera crew, so it was not a film, with no photographers, so it was not a fashion show or photo shoot, no other "characters", so it was not a cult gathering.....and even stranger was that while people would glance at him you could not really say anyone was paying him any direct attention...REAL strange.
If you have been to Brussels, you have surely seen a lot of nice cartoons painted on walls of houses. Belgium is the land of several comic strips, among which Tintin is the most famous one.
Lately, I have noticed that the city of Hasselt has also started to paint their open spaces with Belgian comic strips.
Hasselt being the number one for Gin, you should, at least, try this beverage once. It will be served in a little glass and you can choose out of more than a hundred flavours. The one, I like the most is the lemon gin.
Try one of the local beers.
Michael Jackson wrote in his book "The Great Beers of Belgium": "HAPKIN has a very good, fresh, flowery, saaz hop aroma, a very big, creamy head, a soft malt caracter, and a spritzy, perfumy,fruitiness, drying toward the finish".
My husband did the test and agreed with Michael :-)
It is a bronze fountain that symbolized the gin tradition of Hasselt.
Once a year, during the Hasseltse Jeneverfeesten (3th weekend of October), it is real Hasseltse Jenever that is coming out of this fontain !
I found beer in Hasselt to be very good.
I'm fond of white beer and that's what I firstly ordered when sitting in a nice Bistro in the central square.
I suppose you already know what this kind of coffee is?
It's like Irish coffee but instead of using whisky you use the famous gin of Hasselt.
Try one of the local tarts, you can buy them at the bakery. They are well-known for being just delicious.
At least it was like that during holiday season, do not know what effect the € € has had on the shopping behaviour of our friendly neighbours, the Belgium.
And this little fellow is Het Demermanneke.
According the legend, he is the personification of a waterdevil, who is continuously teasing and bothering people.
The bronzen statue of Hendrik en Katrien, on the Grote Markt.
According to the tradition, they were the first inhabitants of Hasselt.