(Photo: Virginia Mayo, AP)
Brussels is highlighting its sun-splashed summer with a Mexican-themed carpet of over half a million flowers on its historic Grand-Place.
The city lays down such a flower carpet every two years but the extreme heat of this summer posed special challenges.
Brussels Culture alderwoman Karine Lalieux says that beyond the traditional use of Belgian begonias, dahlias also were used "as this year was very, very hot."
The carpet, measuring 75 by 24 metres, will be on view until Sunday.