The blossom of true friendship is eternal. To celebrate 150 years of friendship between the Belgians and the Japanese, the pavement in front of the Grand Palace of Brussels will be dressed with 1,800 meters of begonias, for three days from August 12-15th.
Each of the 300 begonias per square meter is part of the overall Japanese design representing flowers, birds, the wind and the moon --- all beautiful markers and reminders of our connection with nature.
This meticulous floral carpet is the work of many horticulturists, and several hotels around the corner are embracing the blooms. Rocco Forte’s Hotel Amigo (the hotel of friendship) is around the corner from the carpet, and a VIP package that includes two tickets to access the balcony of the Town Hall (a Gothic building built in the Middle Ages, and which boasts a great view of the carpet), as well as a candle from the well-known Belgian perfumerie L’Antichambre as well as welcome floral cocktails at Bar Amigo.
There’s more fun and games for those staying on August 12th, when Hotel Amigo will provide invitations to the inauguration cocktail party in the City Hall’s courtyard, a UNESCO World Heritage building.
Brussels also needs some much-needed tourism love following the airport attacks in the departure hall of the Zaventem airport on March 22nd. This biennial peaceful gesture, a jigsaw of colorful petals, is an ode to peace and harmony found in nature, and is sure to bring in the crowds.