More than 100,000 comics lovers meet in Brussels

Stripfeest
Stripfeest

The 5th Comics Festival, an initiative of the Brussels-Capital Region’s Government with the support of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the City of Brussels and COCOF (College of the French Community Commission)  and organised by visit.brussels, came to an end Sunday last and was a great success.

On Friday and Saturday evening, the Comic Strip Nights in the Park of Brussels were a real hit. The drawing concerts, the water shows and the open air cinema all managed to captivate the audience.

Balloon Parade
Balloon Parade

On Saturday afternoon, the Place des Palais was the venue for the start of the Balloon’s Day Parade, a parade of helium-filled balloons inspired by the American tradition, but Brussels’ version was mainly made up of comic book characters. This year, Tintin, Kid Paddle, Boule and Spirou were joined by Lucky Luke.

Once again this year, Moulinsart joined forces with the Comic Strip Festival to whisk visitors away into the world of our favourite little reporter. More than 60 classic cars and bikes featured in the Tintin stories were on show this Sunday 7 September. The rally set off on a journey around some of the comic book highlights of Brussels, taking in the Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve as well. The vehicles ended up in the Place des Palais, where a panel of judges from Moulinsart awarded the prizes for the cars that best matched Hergé’s drawings.

Stripfeest
Stripfeest

Last but by no means least, the Comics Festival –which for the first time took place in the Park of Brussels – enchanted young and old alike under a 3,000m² marquee, bringing together Brussels’ bookshops and comic book collectors including the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, the MOOF, Forbidden Zone, the Musée Hergé, the Spirou Festival and more than 150 different authors.

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Discover offbeat Rajasthan @ Fort Auwa

Fort Auwa exterior view
Fort Auwa exterior view

Rajasthan is all about an experience of Royalty and grandeur. There is another name added to this experience. Standing tall in the rich soil of innocence, sacrifice, valour and reverence called Auwa (a little village located just 2hrs drive from Jodhpur, Rajasthan), V Resorts – Fort Auwa, a luxury resort near Jodhpur, is located at a timeless treasure of history that has witnessed many forgotten tales of martyrdom. The fort and the village still carries the memories and relics of 1857 Sepoy Mutiny (first war of independence) that began from Auwa near Jodhpur in Rajasthan and the first Satyagraha movement in Asia started by the Chaarans (poet community of Marwar) in 1643. While in Auwa, live the time where kids still fly kites, women wear long ‘ghunghats’ and swing babies in cloth ‘palnas’, men make potteries to earn a living and villagers bow heads in reverence to greet the royal family. It’s not the Rajasthan you know, its offbeat, its forgotten Rajasthan.

Fort Auwa at dusk
Fort Auwa at dusk

Experience history with the village tour, board the old British train and ride though the picturesque Aravallis and quaint towns. Try your hand at the local potter’s wheel and make your own pot.Create your own fond memories here at V Resorts – Fort Auwa with its rugged, time-ravaged walls and ever fascinating ambiance. Watch the sunrise and sunset on old stone walls, live the romance of time gone by and celebrate quietude in this beautiful near perfect historical destination.

ACTIVITIES AT V RESORTS – FORT AUWA

Luxury unlimited at Fort Auwa
Luxury unlimited at Fort Auwa

Jeep Safari: Go for a village tour on a 4 wheel jeep drive and visit some ancient monuments and places, yet unknown to the world. One such place to visit is the Kundal Sarovar which according to legends was bought by a court dancer who sold her kundals to buy the sarovar. The ancient Kajleshwar Mahadev Temple where theChaarans staged their dharna is another significant place to visit. Interact with the villagers and live the time, the ethnicity and culture of the place. Stop at the lush green farmland of the ‘Thakurs’ and spend some marvellous time watching the picturesque sunset view while sipping a hot cup of tea.

Fort Auwa at night
Fort Auwa at night

Train Safari: Driving down a beautiful road from the fort where you get to sight herd of camels resting in the open fields, peacocks dancing in the forest and langurs jumping here and there as you enter the Khamblighat station for the train safari you actually enter the time when trains run on metre gauge and the station master still answers phone calls using old British model telephones with a round dial making a screeching sound forgotten by us for last several decades. Crossing various tunnels and bridges made during the colonial era the train takes you through the picturesque Aravallis and accompanying you in this wonderful journey are many local villagers in bright colour attires who are always ready to greet you with a smile. Once reaching the Phulad station which marks the end of the train safari, trying local foods like ‘Mewa’ and ‘mirchi pakora’ is surely a thing not to be missed. On your way back, don’t forget to stop at the Phulad dam and enjoy the cool breeze and sight some beautiful white storks floating in the water while listening to the occasional call of the majestic peacocks.

Rich in history
Rich in history

Pottery making: Visit a local village household and learn how pots are made and fired. Try your hand at making your own pot using both the mold and wheel techniques.

Visit to the sand dunes: Just 20 kms away from V Rersorts – Fort Auwa there’s a picturesque location where you get to see sand dunes that’s complimented with a river flowing nearby. It’s undoubtedly a location rare to find and a perfect picnic spot.

Bera Wildlife Safari: Just 2 hrs drive from Auwa, Bera is a quaint village. Surrounded by thick forests Bera is home to many leopards and other wild animals. Along the forest flows a river called Jawai which is home to some of the biggest crocodiles you have ever seen.

Head and Shoulder Massage: While you relax in the open lawn, enjoy a soothing head and shoulder massage delivered by a local villager using local, age old techniques and natural oils.