The Carpet of Flowers in the beautiful Grand Place in Brussels only appears on Assumption weekend in August, every two years. It just happened to coincide the very weekend that I was there, I was so lucky! It was an amazing sight. The whole of the Grand Place was covered in a very intricate pattern of sophisticated designs and colours, all made from around one million begonias, and the area is huge. The main area is railed off so the public can’t actually walk near the carpet but there were crowds everywhere trying to see it, even coming out onto the balconies of the hotels that overlooked the square to get a bird’s-eye view of this amazing feat of garden design.
Since the 1970s, both volunteers and gardeners in Brussels have worked together to make this “living” rug in the middle of Brussels’ Grand Place, the city’s central square. Plans for the Carpet Festival begins a year in advance, but thanks to these volunteers who place each plant by hand, the actual laying of the carpet, takes only about four hours. The display has grown into a traveling exhibition with flower carpets rolled out in London, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, and Buenos Aires.
Next on my list was…….
The Atomium is the amazing space-age looking structure sitting in The Atomium Park, just outside the main City (you will need to get the train here for the short journey). It was built as the main pavilion of the Brussels World Fair in 1958 and symbolises peace amongst nations and an optimistic view of the future. It is just huge!!
You can go up inside The Atomium for a tour and see a beautiful panoramic view of the whole City of Brussels for miles around. There are nine giant spheres, 5 of which you can go into and twenty tubes to wander through until you lose all your bearings!