Since 1971, the fine folks at Brussels have had a tradition of filling their central square every other year with what is accurately described as a "flower carpet". Above is a photo from a previous year (as in, not my photo), and seeing pictures like that and learning about it made me want to see it this year. They use over 600,000 begonias that they essentially place on the ground in the intricate pattern, packing them in so tightly next to each other that they don't secure them down in any way to protect from wind or other elements. The area covered is over 1,800 square meters and each time there is a new theme to the design.
If you do as much train travel across Europe as I have in the last few months, you will have your fair share of running for the train stories. It's a given. I had two that weren't my fault, but in both cases, I made my train. I have now had, though, my first experience of a train just plain being cancelled.
To start with, here is what train travel should look like. This is an altered photo of Greg next to high speed trains. Since I didn't quickly find a photo filter that makes my picture look like an Impressionist painting, I went with this. In case you can't tell, train travel is supposed to be minimal time to wait at the station, you quickly and efficiently board, and then a smooth ride; bonus points if you are on a bullet train and it goes roughly 140 mph, so you get to your destination quickly, sometimes with wifi and food and drinks aboard.