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This weekend, Brussels’ Grand-Place gets decked out in a colorful and intricate carpet of flowers — some 600,000, for those who care to count. The blossoms, usually begonias, are nestled snugly together to ensure a gust of wind doesn’t wreak havoc on the design. Every carpet is a unique and original work of art that differs from its predecessors; this year’s version is inspired by African tapestries.

View the carpet up close or from the balcony of the Hotel de Ville from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily through Saturday, or until 6 p.m. Sunday. Viewing is enhanced by a sound-and-light show nightly at 10, 10:30 and 11 through Saturday.

See it now; the carpet is created every two years.

Admission is 5 euros for adults and free for children under age 12. Find more at

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