Clervaux, Luxembourg! #11September 25, 2017 in Luxembourg
Today we began a fortnight's tour of Luxembourg. We'd previously visited a couple of times but we'd now scheduled a block in which we would try and explore, whilst immersing ourselves in the culture. As such, it was country number 11 of our 5 Year European Adventure.
The father of our nephew Dave is from Luxembourg so we'd got some inside info on the best places to visit. The first of these was the pretty town of Clervaux, where Dave's parents met. The parish church was the first feature that caught our eye as we approached from a road that wound down the hillside into the valley. The two spires and circular stained glass window of the church the Lonely Planet described as 'neo-Romanesque' stuck up above the autumnal tree canopy.
The beauty of the place had obviously made it a hive for tourists but being a Monday lunchtime in late September, it was quiet and we had space to wander up the highstreet lined by restaurants, hotels and cafés. There were a few other shops including a bakers with some delicious looking pastries but these were closed for lunch. Along the way we noticed large photo boards mounted on rocks or set to stand in public gardens. Clervaux was apparently 'Cité de l'Image' and considering our interest in photography, it really enhanced the place for us. In the whitewashed castle there was a photographic exhibition called The Family of Man, but this was only open a few days a week, Monday unfortunately not being one if them.
We hadn't thought too much about how coming south would improve the temperatures but it was yet another warm, clear day. Wanting to make the most of the good weather we walked up the switchback road to the abbey high on a wooded hill. It was a functioning monastery with a small group of monks living there. They sold homemade apple juice but still being lunch time the shop was closed so we had a look around the exhibit showing the life and works of the monks before taking a forest track back down the hill.
There was a stellplatz in a nearby town so we didn't stay overnight in Clervaux, but were very glad we had visited such a beautiful little town- thanks for the recommendation Dave!Read more