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This is something absolutely worth seeing once in your life. I’m so glad that this summer, I have crossed this off my bucket list: the Flower Carpet on the Brussels Grand Place. The tapis de fleurs (French) or bloementapijt (Dutch), is one of the city’s most famous attractions as every two years the historical Grand Place gets covered with  colorful flowers for a few days.

The Grand Place is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Brussels. It is surrounded with absolutely stunning 17th century architecture. The combination of Gothic and Baroque styles are beautiful by day and also by night when the area is softly lit by lamps from the surrounding buildings.

The tradition of the Flower Carpet dates back to 1971 when landscape architect Etienne Stautemans created a flower carpet in the heart of Brussels in an effort to advertise his work. Ever since then the city has seen different designs, all made with thousands of begonias cultivated specially for the event and placed directly onto the cobblestones without soil. Nearly a million flowers are required to create the 1,800 square meter carpet.

For the first time in its history, the Flower Carpet event organizers this year adopted a Latin American theme. It was quite an impressive sight. If you are looking for some interesting things to do during the Summer in Belgium then check this out  and maybe add it to your bucket list.

There are many different ways to travel in Europe and you can probably combine this with something else. From my travel experiences, I think that it’s important to be prepared for your trip no matter where you travel. Just incase everything doesn’t quite happen as planned, just relax, go with the flow and enjoy. 

 

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

 

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Tips

  • Access to the Grand Place is typically free but you can also buy tickets for a panoramic view from the balcony of the City Hall
  • The next edition will take place in 2020

Thank you for stopping by and stay positive! 

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