Luxembourg
Canton de Luxembourg

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  • Day761

    Luxembourg

    July 6, 2019 in Luxembourg ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    After Antwerp, we headed south to the Belgian/Luxembourg border and spent the weekend at Camping Hohenbusch, a very well kept site with all amenities and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

    Neither of us had ever visited Luxembourg so we decided to put that right and drove 65 miles through the country to Luxembourg city in the south. As well as being one of the founding members of the EU and one of the three capitals of the EU (Brussels & Strasbourg are the others) and the seat of the European Court of Justice, it is also home to some major companies due to its tax incentives! We enjoyed a taste of this ourselves when buying petrol and diesel that was 30% cheaper than anywhere else. In contrast to the modern, glass and steel corporate centre, the old city was very ornate and declared a UNESCO World Hertitage site in 1994 due to the exceptional preservation of its fortifications. We enjoyed our visit as well as the quality and quietness of the roads which made riding a bike heaven.Read more

  • Day113

    Luxembourg

    December 22, 2019 in Luxembourg ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    Took the train from Liege to Luxembourg. It is truely a unique city, built on top of a hill. We got here a bit late in the day, but we were able to see the Christmas market at its full potential, with all the lights.

  • Day25

    Luxembourg

    June 28, 2018 in Luxembourg ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Retraced my train steps a bit this morning to return to Koblenz and spotted a few more Rhine castles en route. Changed here for another train to take me down the lovely Moselle Valley. Calmer with river traffic than the Rhine, this was another beautiful trip in the morning sunshine, with vineyards lining the rolling banks of the river. I remember staying at a B&B here with Mum and Dad. Dad was in his element sitting in the garden facing the Moselle with a glass of wine made on the premises. As usual, I was keen to push on and he said ‘just you go ahead, you can pick me up here on the way back’.

    Visiting this area reminded me of another place we stayed at on our German trip. It was getting late and we stopped at the first ‘Zimmer Frei’ (rooms vacant) sign we could see. It was a small hotel unfortunately named Hotel F…k. In the morning I asked my Dad if the hotel had lived up to its name and he replied with a big grin ‘oh yes’. Mum just smiled and shook her head and said ‘see that man!’

    We passed through Trier, the oldest city in Germany, and soon arrived at the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. One of the smallest sovereign states in Europe, it came across as a charming place, easy to walk about and see the main sights. I visited the vast underground system of passages and galleries known as the casemates which are one of the major tourist attractions. Then had a lovely walk along the Corniche - nicknamed the most beautiful balcony in Europe. Had a nice local Luxembourg dish for dinner - some kind of boiled ham with roast potatoes and broad beans. I had forgotten how much I like broad beans. And all washed down with a refreshing Luxembourg white wine - delish!
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  • Day461

    Luxembourg City

    September 30, 2017 in Luxembourg ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    From a beautifully clear and warm day yesterday, the sky clouded over and delivered torrential rain and lightening overnight. The storm actually came so close that the peals of thunder physically shook the van.

    The clouds persisted for our visit to Luxembourg's capital city and we were caught in downpours early on. We approached through a series of woodlands and it didn't take long after leaving the rural surrounds to find the large car park we'd programmed in. We knew from the guidebook that on-street parking was free at weekends but it was a nice surprise to find that this easily accessible car park was too.

    We walked in to the pedestrianised centre through a green, wooded park with our brollies and waterproof coats, closely watched by the CCTV cameras. The first place we stopped at was a square with a corridor of health stands. It had been World Heart Day the previous day so charities and other organisations were doing their bit to share good advice. We felt a bit sorry for them as not many people were minded to stop in the wet and cold. There was a traditional band in a bandstand who played a catchy tune. As we watched a couple came and danced together under their umbrella. It was lovely to watch but Vicky was too shy to join them when when Will asked.

    The tall stately buildings that lined the main shopping street didn't do much to protect us from the cloudbursts but after a while we came across the Maison de l'Union européenne. Call us 'remoaners' if you like but just two of the many things we love about the EU is the freedom it gives us to travel and the assurance of having health care anywhere within the EU. We went in and Will asked a slightly bemused assistant whether there was any way we could retain our membership of the European Union after Brexit. She assured us there wasn't. Oh well, it was worth a try!

    Our next port of call was the Musee National d'Histoire et d'Art, that advertised a free exhibition of Edward Steichen's photographs. This was the photographer behind 'The Family of Man' exhibit we'd been unable to see in Clervaux a few days previously so we went in to the modern and quite spacious building in search of it. We're afraid to say that we probably spent more time looking for the photos than at them, but after asking 2 attendants we finally entered a small white painted room displaying the black and white portraits at eye level around the outside. Photography has come a long way since the early 1900s and while we are sure he was very good in his time, most of the prints didn't engage us.

    Back outside, although still dull, the day was beginning to dry up. We wandered downhill, past old yellow sandstone buildings and came to a bridge that spanned a precipitous ravine. This was the Chemin de la Corniche area. We looked over the sudden cliff edge and were presented with a view of the river meandering around white, cream and light coloured buildings, old castle ramparts and a church with wide open courtyard down in the valley far below. It was an unusual and stunning sight within a capital city.

    On the way back we took in an external view of the Cathédrale Notre Dame before stumbling upon a flower and food market. Since entering Luxembourg we couldn't have failed to notice the political boards posted all around displaying headshots of election candidates. Today, all the parties had gazebos set up in the market, including Déi Gréng, the Luxembourgeois Green Party! We are still members so said hello and met some of the candidates, as well as Claude Adam, a Green Minister for Education. We discussed with despair the UKs undemocratic first past the post system and found that in Luxembourg people had the choice whether to vote for individual candidates or for a Party list. Instead of just one cross in a box, they are able to give their numbered preference. The system isn't perfect, especially with the personality politics involved in the ability to choose individuals, but it is a lot more proportional than our system. We wished the Greens well and after buying some bread and a piece of nut cake from one of the market stalls we returned to the van.

    Although we mostly enjoy them, visits to big cities are often stressful for us. Trying to find somewhere to park the van then navigate in to the centre and around with a high density of people, aren't elements we enjoy. Parking was easy and there was a spacious feel about this relatively small capital that meant we didn't get stressed. Despite the rain, or perhaps due to it, we really enjoyed our time in Luxembourg City.
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  • Day6

    Wahre Schönheit

    September 15, 2018 in Luxembourg ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    In Luxemburg kommt die wahre Schönheit dieses kleinen Landes zu Tage.
    Der "schönste Balkon Europas" verdient seinen Titel allemal. Auch die "Pont Adolphe" steht dem in nichts nach.
    Luxemburg sprechen wir eine klare Reiseempfehlung aus.

  • Day13

    Oct 2 - Luxembourg

    October 2, 2019 in Luxembourg ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Today dawned overcast and with ample evidence of rain overnight. Someone at breakfast said that he had gone to the upper deck with its carpeted surface. He declared it to be “squishy”.

    Promptly at 8:30 a.m., two buses left for Luxembourg - this would be the fourth country of this tour after the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The other options for today were to do a walking tour of Bernkastel, our docking town, or a trip to Trier. For those of you who don’t know - I worked for Dofasco in Hamilton for over 36 years. About 2006, Dofasco was bought out by Arcelor who was in turn bought by Mittal Steel. ArcelorMittal Dofasco is now part of the largest steel company in the world. ArcelorMittal’s headquarters is in Luxembourg and I hoped to be able to see it, hence our choice of excursion.

    Our guide for the trip to Luxembourg and for a walking tour of the city of Luxembourg was Jens - hands down, the best guide we have had on this trip, and in the top few of all the guides we have ever had. The country of Luxembourg, founded in 963 A.D., covers 998 square miles (making it the 20th smallest country of the world) and has a population of about 615,000. It is one of the wealthiest countries in the European Union - as evidenced by its high salaries and astronomical rents and housing prices. Its main industries are banking/international finance, steel production and EU government and administration. Three European cities offer very favourable tax structures (Dublin, Amsterdam, Luxembourg) which have lured hundreds of companies such as Amazon to establish headquarters there. The main languages of Luxembourg are French, German and Luxembourgish, a sort of German/Dutch amalgam. Many Portuguese, Italian and Spanish immigrants came in the 1960s to provide much needed building and trades expertise. The unions today wield very strong power - all the construction (and there is plenty of it) in the country grinds to a halt for four weeks in the summer when all the workers go back to their heritage country for a visit. The other big groups in Luxembourg are bankers and lawyers - there are thousands of each.

    The drive to Luxembough was lovely - beautiful hills covered in grapevines, trees and bushes adopting their autumn colours of gold and red, the Moselle River wending its way lazily through the valley and pretty villages along the way. And lots of campers/caravans/trailers.

    The City of Luxembourg is one of the four officials capitals of the the European Union. The others are Brussels, Frankfurt and Strasbourg. It is the seat of the European Court of Justice, the highest judicial authority in the EU. The City of Luxembourg with its old quarters and fortifications was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 due to the exceptional preservation of the vast fortifications and the old city.

    During our access into the city, we drove through the banking sector and the judicial centre. Both are full of interesting buildings, most built in the last 30 years.

    After our walk around the City of Luxembourg, Doug and I voted it "the prettiest city that we have visited", beating out strong contenders such as Paris, Rome, Vienna, Venice and Amsterdam. Its setting down in a deep valley and abundant green spaces, coupled with its old world architecture helped it to win our vote. The city suffered bad damage back in the 1500s when all the wet gundpowder that was being dried out got hit by lightning, but fortunately escaped damage during WWII. Jens took us to the Cenotaph, Cathedral of Notre Dame (also known as Church of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted), Luxembourg Fortress, the Grand Duke’s Palace, the old Medieval section of town, the main market place and to a lookout point dubbed, “the most beautiful balcony in Europe.” How true - the views of the city were spectacular.

    The threat of rain had disappeared and the sun had come out by this time. We had about an hour of free time, so with map in hand, Doug and I set off to find the ArcelorMittal headquarters - success!!! See the pics when I finally get them to upload. The is the new headquarters - the old headquarters were in a fabulous old building down the street. Doug and I have put Luxembourg on our “must come back again” list of cities. It’s a pretty, unhurried, walkable city full of history and culture. We highly recommend it. Not sure what the hotel room prices are like though…..
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  • Day237

    Luxembourg

    January 5, 2018 in Luxembourg ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    We spent a week lounging at Monica and Rory’s house in Luxembourg. Face masks, bubble baths, Zelda, Mario Cart, and Netflix. Much needed after so long on the road. I, Whitney (Andreas made me clarify this), got my first haircut of the trip (5 inches)! Luxembourg is a beautiful old city filled with cute shops and delicious restaurants.

    On NYE we got dressed up and started our evening with a bottle of Don Perignon (thank you Monica and Rory)! We then went out to a restaurant with a delicious set menu. We rung in the New Year sipping champagne with the owners. On our walk home, we paused to watch teenagers light off fireworks in a park. It was a great evening with good friends.
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Canton de Luxembourg, Luxemburg, Luxembourg Campagne, Lëtzebuerg

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