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through surrealists' eyes

Floating men in bowler hats don't dot the sky in Brussels, but the city is full of references to surrealist painters and poets such as Ren imitation earrings bulgari Magritte and Paul Delvaux, who lived and worked here. Whether you get a train from Brussels' Zaventem airport, a Eurostar from London or a bus from the low cost airport in Charleroi, south of Brussels, you'll probably arrive at Gare du Midi station.

If you're lucky, you'll be able to reserve the Magritte room at Hotel Le Dixseptieme and spend the weekend surrounded by the artist's prints. The best way to get there is jump onto a northbound train and travel one stop to Gare Centrale. You're now in the heart of Brussels' former Latin Quarter, where Magritte and his clique had studios and galleries.

Step out of the station onto Cantersteen road and head right until you come to a semi circle shaped pedestrian area at the foot of Brussels' Mont des Arts a monumental staircase and park originally conceived by King Leopold II to improve the area for the city's 1910 hosting of the World Fair.

Hotel Le Dixseptieme is one block down Rue de la Madeleine, one of the streets that radiates from the semi circle. A fine place to have dinner on your first night is La Roue D'Or, a surrealist themed restaurant just off Brussels' spectacular Grand Place. Bowler hatted men peek at guests from behind the bar.

From the hotel, head back up Rue de la Madeleine until you get to the junction with Rue Duquesnoy. Turn right, and then right again down Rue de Marche au Fromage. The best place to start your journey is out in the down atheel northwest suburbs of the city, where Magritte's one bedroom flat has been turned into the Muse Ren Magritte. It's not to be confused with the Muse Magritte, the Magritte museum, the new gallery that you will visit toward the end of your journey.

The museum is a fair trek, so it's a good idea to head off early. The easiest route is to go back to Gare Centrale and get an overland train to Gare du Midi. From there, the 51 tram heading for Heysel will take you to the stop Woeste.

Take Rue Leopold I, the road to the right just after the tram stop. The museum is second left on Rue Esseghem, but be careful, the modest terraced house, number 135, is easy to miss.

Magritte lived in the ground floor flat of this small suburban house, a stone's throw from a gas works and a Coca Cola plant from his late 20s until he became famous in his 50s.

Despite the glass ceilinged studio in the garden, he painted most of his works in the small dining room so he could be close to his wife Georgette as he worked.

Look carefully, and you'll recognize elements from his paintings the staircase which leads nowhere in La lecture defendue, the broken bowed top window in La clef de champs, and the mantelpiece which has a steam train coming out of it in La dure poignardee. Jump back onto the number 51 tram and head back into the city. Get off at Porte de Ninove. It's a convenient place from which to make your way back into the city, and it will also take you past Luca Patella's Magritte Fountain. Look from a distance, and you should see Magritte's profile demarcated by the contours on the stem of the fountain. fake bvlgari onyx earrings Head straight up Rue des Fabriques and follow it as it becomes Rue des Chartreux and you'll find the splendidly restored art nouveau brasserie Greenwich.

Magritte would head down here every week with the surrealist crowd in Brussels to play chess. The hushed silence of the chess games has given way to a lively bistro nowadays, making this a great setting for lunch. Once you've eaten, turn left and then right down Rue Auguste Orts. Straight ahead of you is the Bourse underground station.

Head down the escalator and above you is Belgian surrealist Pol Bury's 1976 stainless steel sculpture Moving Ceiling. Look right and on the upper wall of the mezzanine is a 1978 painting bvlgari earrings imitation of trams by Paul Delvaux, another surrealist painter. Return to street level and head down the side of Brussels bourse and turn left at the end of the street. Walk for a couple of minutes through the cobbled streets of Brussels' old centre, much of which dates back to the 15th century, to Rue Gretry and then turn right.

Carry straight on until you get to the 19th century arcade Galeries Royales Saint Hubert. The Museum of Letters and Manuscripts is on the left inside the gallery.

Head back down Rue des Bouchers and take the second right down Rue de la Fourche. When you get to the end, turn right on Rue de Marche aux Herbes, and hidden at the end of a small alleyway on the right is L'Imaige de Nostre Dame. You'll spot it from the sign screwed into the brickwork above the alley entrance.

This was a watering hole owned by Geert Van Bruaene, a imitation bvlgari rose gold earrings surrealist poet and art dealer, who went on to set up the main surrealist bar which you will visit later.

You can order a coffee, or the bar sells Malheur (literally "misfortune"), a beer similar to those the surrealists would once have drunk here. Beware, though, that like many of Belgian "sipping beers," this is 10 per cent alcohol, so drinking more than two might jeopardize the rest of your tour.

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