On the lash with Baudelaire // A literary pub crawl through Brussels (Act One)
Brussels throughout its history has been called home by many writers and artists, from Victor Hugo to the Brontë sisters, through to James Joyce and Hugo Claus. Some of them have been temporary visitors, others permanent, and many reluctant. Nobody exemplified this genre of Brussels resident better than Frenchman and serial flâneur Charles Baudelaire. Prompted by an exhibition about Baudelaire’s ill-fated time in Brussels organised on the Grand Place, I set off on a tour, in his and others footsteps, of what remains of Brussels’ literary haunts.