On our first day in Brussels we got a tour to get to know the city. Luckily we are in Brussels on the weekend of the flower carpet. This only happens every two years for a few days at a time. The central plaza (Grand Place) is filled with flowers enough to make a full carpet. A pretty cool sight to see in the middle of a large European city.
This year it goes from August 14 – 19 and the theme is Africa.
Our tour guide told us that all of the flowers for the event come from Ghent. A town I had not really heard much of until just a fe days ago from our new friend Gigi. So yeah, tons of flowers patterned across the main square in Brussels. The best place to see it was from above, on the terraces of the City Hall. Really amazing.
One of the benefits of being up above the plaza is getting to see over the heads of all of the people. So I pulled out my zoom lens and went to town. Here are some close up shots of the carpet in different places. This is my first one, so I can’t compare it to any of the others, but it was cool to see. I still don’t quite get how the flowers don’t wilt in the direct sun. The patterns are amazing, especially from this angle.
As we were walking out of the square toward our next destination, I saw an opening in the fence and took it. I love the low angle pictures, so this is pretty special to me.
A great Iconic View of the Carpet
So this is my iconic view that will stick in my mind of the event. The spiky Brussels architecture against the view of the carpet.
We are in Brussels as the guests of the Belgien Tourismus. Of course all pictures, opinions and comments are my own.