If you’re expecting a post about nightclubs, bars and other places of nightly entrainment, you’ll be disappointed. This post is all about a bi-annual event that not only blows the tourists' socks off, but also attracts a lot of Belgians. I’m talking about the unique flower carpet that is ‘rolled out’ on the world famous Brussels’ Grand’ Place.
The carpet, which measures 77 by 24 metres, is made up of almost 1,000,000 begonia flowers. It is punt into place in 4 hours time by 120 begonia growers and volunteers.
Where to start?
The carpet features a different theme every two years. This time ‘Africa’ is put in the spotlights, with reproductions of authentic fabrics and symbols from the African continent.
The final result.
If you still want to see the carpet in real life – free of charge on ground level, 5 euro per person if you want to go up to the balcony of the city hall to have a general overview – you will have to hurry though, as tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 19th, is the last day. Moreover, our current heat wave isn’t doing the carpet any good. Overnight approx. 50,000 flowers had to be replaced to preserve the colour pattern. We’ve been having very high temperatures since Wednesday, with an over 30°C peak on Thursday and 34°-36°C expected for today and tomorrow.
While I’m typing this the temperature in my apartment has risen to a still ‘comfortable’ 28°C. But I know that by this afternoon, 30°C will not be far away!! But I’ve taken my precautions and have invested in …