A Glance of Brussels Flower Carpet – A fun Friday!

Brussels Flower Carpet or mostly known as “Tapis de Fleurs” has finally made us all tremble our hearts. When they’ve decided to reveal the designs of the Brussels Flower Carpet 2018. To be held exactly at the same place at Grande Place one of the most beautiful places in Belgium according to most of the Belgian populations.

Tapis de Fleurs 2018

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This year’s gorgeous design of the Brussels Flower carpet devoted to Guanajuato, a Mexican region with an exceptionally rich culture and flower tradition. The perfect timing to also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Grand-Place becoming a Unesco World Heritage.

The “Tapis de Fleurs” is composed of over 500 thousand flowers! (that’s insane right?) Yes! you’ve heard it! The Brussels Flower Carpet is 75 m long by 24 m wide. 1,800 m2 of begonias, dahlias, grass, and bark.

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According to a credible source, hundreds of people were volunteers to assemble the brussels carpet in less than eight hours. For the record, the first Flower Carpet of Brussels was created in 1971 by the Belgian landscape architect Etienne Stautemas.

But before all the details, let me just give you guys a quick peek of what had happened that day before I’ve seen this magical flower carpet of the year!

How the day started

It was Friday the 17th of August when my friends and I decided to go out for a small bonding together in a shopping center. Since it’s been a long time since we haven’t dined out together I think it’s time for a heart to heart talk and blabbering for us.

In the afternoon after our respective shifts at work. Michel (my friend) and I went first to our  “rendez-vous” place at Woluwe Shopping and there we stroll around the place and see what would be the restaurant that we’d choose for our lunch.

Waiting for our “maman” (just kidding) to arrive. It’s Eli that’s still MIA (missing in action) no, actually, she was still working by that time and she’ll be finished soon.

We’ve grabbed some smoothie at Helixir Smoothie Bar. I took a Mango Tango with (mango, orange, banana, yogurt, and ice cream). While Michel took a classic one with cherry, apple and passion fruit.

Lunch time is crunch time

japanese restaurant

Gyudon & Gyoza

The great search of our destined restaurant has ended and we went for Asian Food this time. Yes! you’ve heard it Asian style for a change. The last time we went for a “restaurantje” was with all our colleagues in a Greek restaurant in Zaventem.

All the three of us agreed to eat some Japanese Food. And there you go we headed for that small Japanese restaurant in the corner just in front of a Sushi Bar in the underground area where restaurants and shops located. This restaurant and the sushi bar is the same company called Sushi Mart.

gyudon

We all have chosen what we’ll eat and coincidently Michel and I took the same “Plat” (dish). Gyudon menu with a Miso Soup and a plate of Gyoza. On the other hand, Eli opted for some Japanese noodles.

I have a secret to expose, I love Japanese Food so much! sushi, sashimi, ramen, katsudon, tempura, tonkatsu, oyakodon, and many more. In fact 3 days ago my hubby and I went out with friends to eat Japanese food as well. And guess what did I ordered? Katsudon!

Cheat day’s specialty 

vanilla & coco

What’s a cheat day without a dessert? Well, this is the moment that we’ve been all waiting for. We went to the Australian Home Made Ice Cream. It’s one of the prominent ice cream vendors in Belgium, if you ever come here? don’t your ever miss to taste their home made ice cream.

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Selfie time

Though we belong to the group of people who promote healthy living, sometimes, we have to give ourselves a cheat day. So here we are savoring 2 ice cream scoops each.

We tried a different combination of flavors Michel chose stracciatella & nocciola. Eli has speculoos & cuberdon, and I picked coconut flavor and vanilla (sugar-free) in a cup. It was a lot for me, a scoop is pretty huge and 2 makes it even bigger.

Finishing our desserts we went for a small walk and after some minutes we didn’t even notice the time it was already 6:30 pm so we parted ways and I went to the city center via “Metro” or subway.

Visiting the Brussels Flower Carpet

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While I was on my way to the city center, I texted my hubby to come so we can see the Flower Carpet together. I waited and kill the time by wandering around the shops near the subway stop.

After some time my prince charming came and we spent our moment looking at Brussels Flower Carpet at Grande Place!

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The Grande Place was really stunning! with all those gorgeous flowers well designed & arranged. It has a charm that makes you wanna stay there and just stare at it all day.

Arriving at the place was quite challenging, it was covered by people in every inch of the brussels flower carpet’s barrier. We had a hard time looking for a good spot.

In the end, I didn’t care if I get a good photo angle or not, I just dive in and grab a place as fast as I can whenever there a free space.

brussels flower carpet

Hubby took a picture of me with the Flower Carpet but it really looks like a “selfie” since my face is too close. Haha! I’m not saying that my hubby is not a good photographer but actually there’s a reason for this outcome.

As I’ve told you the place was so crowded! Hubby had a hard time to step back. In spite of that, I still give my best smile to make my hubby happy.

our selfie

Searching for another great spot, at last, we found one. And there we had our couple selfie in the midst of the crowd.

Actually, there’s a perfect spot where photographers could really take a great shot. All you have to do is to go the entrance of the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) pay 6 euro entrance fee and get to its second floor and there you have the best spot you can get in this area.

The second option is you can go to one of the restaurants in the area but the place is difficult to have. You should get a reservation for it and secure your spot.

The third option, get a selfie stick or a tripod to take a decent photo of the Grande Place and the Brussels Flower Carpet.

Panorama Photos

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The day is not yet over!

Pad thai

Phad Thai Kai

Moving on, we walk through another exposition in front of the Bourse/Stock exchange building. There were also flowers in form of chapel/churches from all over the world. I took some photos but I was too far because it was as crowded as Grande Place.

We were heading home at that time, decided to walk instead of taking any public transportation. On our way, there’s a Thai restaurant who caught our attention and made my hubby hungry.

food

So we went inside and eat some Thai food. We ordered a menu, I got the Phad Thai Kai (chicken flavor) and hubby took the Khao Phad Kai (fried rice with chicken). Both of us have the entrée with Kha Nom Jeed Kung (ravioli shrimps soup).

It was so delicious that after the ravioli soup we were kinda full already. We ate some of our main dishes and then we ask if we can take out the rest for home.

Visit Thai Bangkok website if you’d like to try some of these traditional Thai food and you can also order online.
Located at 54 Boulevard Emile Jacqmain, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. Tel. no. 02 217 59 03

A Glance of Brussels Flower Carpet – A fun Friday!

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26 Responses

  1. Michelle says:

    This looks like such an awesome thing to see! I have to admit though that I got really excited about the homemade ice cream! LOL!

  2. Maggie says:

    What a beautiful thing to be able to see in person! I love the flowers with the beautiful buildings in the background. I can only imagine how many hours of work it took to create such beautiful masterpiece.

    • Alexine says:

      Hey, Maggie, in such a short period of time of preparation they did it all. Luckily there are some soft-hearted and generous people who volunteered to help to make it. I hope you’ll see it in person as well.

  3. Olivia says:

    wow! What an incredible art installation. There’s so much detail. I’d love to see it one day, especially since it is in such a beautiful setting.

  4. Lauren says:

    OK SO I know this post was supposed to be mostly about the flower carpet, but honestly I spent way more time drooling over your food adventure!!!! That gyoza looks suspiciously delicious, and that Thai shrimp dumpling soup is exactly what I didn’t know I needed right now… I LOVE finding pockets of delicious Asian food around the world!!!

  5. Katie says:

    Wow, this is absolutely stunning! I’ve never heard of this before, but I am definitely putting it on my list. Never been to Brussels, so it would be nice to plan my trip around the flowers. Thanks for the helpful info!

  6. Nafisa Habib says:

    It’s surely a creative artwork by 100 volunteers in less than 8 hours. Just curious to know what they do all the flowers after the exhibition?

    • Alexine says:

      Yes! absolutely true Nafisa, Unfortunately, they didn’t give any information where the flowers will go after the exhibition. But I’m sure they’ll be used for good deeds.

  7. Mo says:

    How incredible is this! I have never heard of the flower carpet in Belgium…I have seen some flower shows in Vegas but nothing like this! It’s beautiful. And I hear you about cheat days – we make Sundays our official cheat day, but I feel like we find a way to “cheat” almost daily! LOL. And when faced with a home-made ice cream shop, what’s a girl to do? 😀

  8. NieNie says:

    Wow! What a gorgeous site! All those beautiful flowers must have taken forever to create that beautiful design. What an amazing experience. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Carrie says:

    What a beautiful display of public art! I can’t believe it contains half a million flowers. I can only imagine the amount of work it took to build it — and what it must have looked like when it was half-done :)!

  10. Bonita says:

    I have never seen so many flowers in one place like this! It looks looks like a handwoven Persian carpet from far. You take really nice photos especially the food pics.

  11. Woah I had no idea this flower carpet was a thing! It’s so stunning! I would love to see it in person one day.

  12. Shelley says:

    Oh wow! It almost doesn’t look real. Did it smell awesome? Your meal looked very yummy. Never had Australian ice cream. Is it much different?

  13. Andrea Mayfield says:

    I have never seen a flower carpet! This is so beautiful!

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