In recent years, the Grand Place in Brussels has become synonymous with the “Flower Carpet”—a bi-annual event that sees 700,000 cut begonias assembled in a magnificent “carpet” spread out over the city square. (The next one will occur in August 2014.) But this year, the Capital of Europe has another floral extravaganza up their sleeves. Brussels will host “Floralien Time,” a major new flower show, from August 15-18, 2013.
To quote the official website: “Brussels City Hall will be transformed into a heavenly walking garden full of colors and scents. Internationally renowned landscape architects and floral artists will decorate the entrance, boardrooms and reception rooms of the majestic building with the newest creations and arrangement trends, new flower varieties and plants supplied by the Floralies of Ghent.” Note that rooms like the Ships Hall and the Gallery Grangé are rarely open to the public. Entrance is 5 euros.
Rocco Forte’s Hotel Amigo, long considered *the* place to stay in Brussels, is getting into the floral spirit with themed treats and a special accommodations package for the event. At the Bar Amigo, guests can sample a dedicated cocktail menu. (Head Barman Paul Bertrand concocted the “Parfait de Rose” cocktail just for the occasion- made with Grey Goose Vodka, elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon, grapefruit juice and rose-flavored soda). The “Floralie” package includes overnight digs in a Classic Room on a B&B basis; tickets to the Floralien Time event; a signature floral cocktail and a box of Belgian chocolates; late 3pm check-out and a guaranteed upgrade. For more information, visit www.hotelamigo.com.
Photo of the Room of the City Council by MVB/ Brussels.be