City Hall in background
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Every two years (on even years) a special event takes place at the Grand Place in Brussels known as the 'Carpet of Flowers'. A million or so begonias are arranged to make a beautifully designed carpet covering 300 m2 in the center of the Grand Place. This is certainly an extraordinary achievement. This year, it was a traditional carpet portraying 'the end of the Middle Ages'. It was the work of flower growers from Ghent, who are the great specialists in growing begonias. These flowers offer a wide range of vivid and glowing colors and easily resist the burning sun. After all, the craftsmen assemble them directly on the cobble-stones of the square without a layer of soil. The colored plant tapestry can be admired best from the balcony of the City Hall or surrounding restaurants in our case. We had a drink with some friends at one of the cafes and enjoyed the scenery out the window!