It is time to write something about Belgium and show its special places like: Brussels, Brugia, Grunt etc. I start this story from visit in Brussels. In next posts will write about different places.
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the administrative centre of the European Union. This has earned the city the title of the Capital of Europe. Brussels has been given its character by the coexistence of French and Flemish culture, and it is nowadays home to nationalities around the world, adding a cosmopolitan flavour to its atmosphere.
Brussels is the bilingual this means that both French and Dutch are the official languages of the city, a lot of people knows English. Street names and traffic sings are always in these two languages.
Furthermore, it is a cosmopolitan city where many different cultures live together and where different languages can be heard on each street. This liveliness and international flair is, of course, intimately related to its role as a crossroads for all of Europe.
Brussels is the perfect city for holidays with family and friends, or even with colleagues as a team-building event. The vibrant atmosphere of Brussels is further enhanced by picturesque medieval streets, lively squares, beautiful boulevards, impressive monuments, spacious parks, cosy cafés, interesting restaurants and an active cultural life. There is a lot to learn about the history of the city, the architecture, the Belgian obsession with comic strips, and the art of chocolate and beer.
Every summer, Brussels weaves a giant carpet of begonia blooms that covers almost the entire Grande Place. The flower carpet does not last long: just three days and four nights. And the amount of work is immense, with hundreds of volunteers arranging some 700,000 begonias (knot count of 300 flowers per square meter) into a meticulously planned pattern!
The annual event, which began in 1971, reminds the world that Belgium is the world’s biggest producer of begonias - exporting about 48 million bulbs a year. The flower carpet reminds everyone that Belgium also is one of the world’s largest makers and exporters of carpets - machine-made.
I invite you on Fourteenth magnificent Flowercarpet. Grand-Place of Brussels. Weekend of the 13th to the 15th of August 2010. Panoramic visit from the 13th to the 15th of August from 09:00 am until 11:00 pm. Opening on the 12th of August, from 08:00 pm onwards, at the Grand-Place. Be in Brussels Aug. 13-15, 2010, to see unbelievable sight for yourself. If you're rich, take me with you! :)
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