Hergé, a Belgian cartoonist and best known for The Adventures of Tintin, had a soft spot for Germaine Kieckens.
Germaine Kieckens worked as a secretary for Le Soir and was often a guest at the Joli Bois hotel.
At that time too, love was unstoppable and Hergé came to visit her regularly in the Joli Bois. They married in 1932. In the following years this was their permanent home by the sea.
During his stay in 1934, Hergé wrote the screenplay for The Blue Lotus, a decisive album in his life and in the development of Tintin.