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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.

  • Day11

    Dudelange, Luxembourg

    July 7, 2016 in Luxembourg ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    South of the city of Luxembourg, our stopover was 1.5km out of the town of Dudelange. We passed through a FairTrade town to get here. It reminded us of Stourbridge back home.

    We waited until after the hottest part of the day and set off to explore. We passed a brightly painted skate park whose users were preparing for an upcoming competition. (We'd occasionally seen a skateboarder pop up to the stopover to stock up on free water before heading back to the ramps).
    We indulged in some chocolate at a Fair Trade shop and lamented about the UK's Leave vote with the shopkeeper who spoke 'a little English'. She worried Britain was 'all about the economy' (i.e. rich people getting richer) and the people were forgotten about. She feared England would be isolated if they left, telling us the people of Luxembourg knew the value of migrants, with 60,000 French commuting daily, not to mention the Belgians and Germans who lived here.

    A large proportion of the town centre was behind fencing as it was being turned into a shared area for pedestrians, cars and cyclists. The main square outside the town hall however was beautiful and laid out with red deckchairs for people to watch the Tour de France on a huge screen on the town hall. There were several cafes around the square and as our stopover was free we treated ourselves to ice cream and an espresso!

    Loving the bright colours on the houses we've seen since crossing the border, makes things look really cheerful.
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  • 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

    Dudelange

    September 30, 2017 in Luxembourg ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Following our visit to Luxembourg City we drove to the stellplatz at Dudelange in the south of the country. It was a return visit, having stayed on a hot day last summer. We were lucky to get one of the 8 places in this popular stopover, as there ended up being almost as many vans parked outside the official site, as in it, on both nights we were there. There was a reason for revisiting Dudelange: only after we had left last year did we discover that it was where our nephew Dave's Dad had grown up and lived before he moved to the UK. We wanted to spend time in the area with knowledge of this connection.

    The grey skies relented and allowed the sun to peak through the next morning when we took to one of the labyrinth of trails for a hike. It didn't look too promising as we set off across the car park and past the electricity substation but very soon we found ourselves away from the road and into an almost magical atmosphere. The woodland floor covered in rich reddy-brown leaves and water droplets hanging from foliage while the sun shone spotlights through the still green canopy, making them sparkle. There were miles of trails, on and off a hard, well maintained track. Mountain bikers skidded down the muddy slopes, dog walkers exercised their canine companions, families and couples strolled or marched according to their energy levels. We hadn't explored this side of Dudelange before and it was a very pleasant discovery this time round.

    Before we left the next day we took a trip past the updated skate and bike park into town. We so rarely revisit places that the streets felt very familiar following our previous stay. The deckchairs on the town square had now been replaced with a glass sided, white topped marquee and the roadworks that had been so invasive were now gone from the centre (we'd spent 20 minutes driving round in circles when we arrived due to closed roads on the outskirts). Instead of being drowned in the usual multinational stores that make the ground floors of many highstreets carbon copies of one another, Dudelange had many small shops we hadn't heard of, which was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately most of them were closed on Mondays, but some were open and we picked up a few bits and bobs, including some more streusels from one of the many café bakeries.

    Unfortunately it was drizzling with rain and a little cold so it wasn't a day to hang around and we made our way back past the play park and large museum and cultural centre to our warm dry van.
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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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  • Day1

    The beautiful cold day

    November 10, 2019 in Luxembourg ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    Luxembourg feels like a city from the lord of the rings mystical and beautiful. Different parts are different, though the weather was damn cold (there's really bad weather and any clothes can't help sometimes). Brisco the dog was the beauty of Luxembourg. The house was far from Luxembourg yet easily commutable. Luxembourg feels like German with the architecture, french with the food. Language is a mix with every sign in French.Read more

  • Day1

    Fliegender Wechsel

    April 13, 2019 in Luxembourg ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    In Luxemburg an der Grenze zu Frankreich haben wir von Papa und Katia noch ein paar vergessene Gegenstände abgestaubt. Unter anderem ein Tisch, eine Thermosflasche und Campingkarten. Irgendwas vergisst man schließlich immer...🤷🏽‍♂️

  • 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.

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District de Luxembourg, Luxemburg, Luxembourg, Lëtzebuerg

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