Every other August, the Brussels Grand Place flower carpet (Scarborough photo)It happens every other year, and for 2008 the timing is right….

August 14-17, 2008 is this year’s celebration of gorgeous, colorful flowers.

They are mostly begonias, laid out in a carpet-like pattern on the magnificent Grand Place in Brussels.

It would be difficult to find a more dramatic, elegant backdrop anywhere in Europe.

Carpet of Flowers, Brussels, Belgium (Scarborough photo)

It’s free to walk around and admire the carpet, or for three Euro, you can climb up to a balcony on the first floor of the Town Hall, to see the intricate pattern from above.

If you have a choice, see it on one of the first days, while the colors are at their brightest.

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