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Dudelange

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  • Day461

    Dudelange

    September 30, 2017 in Luxembourg

    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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  • Day11

    Dudelange, Luxembourg

    July 7, 2016 in Luxembourg

    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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  • Day50

    Dudelange, Luxembourg

    May 29 in Luxembourg

    Overnight stop here, was fortunate to meet Andre a professional picture restorer and artist, with whom I had the most interesting conversation. He too has a personal converted van with just the basics and shared a similar philosophy on travelling in Europe. Andre was very much an old hand at this game having been to Croatia at least 47 times. one of the joys of this trip has been the people I have met along the way, and in particular fellow travellers, sharing stories of travel adventure and life experiences, and tips on putting a mobile home together (quite literally).
    This town has the most amazing skateboard and BMX park I have ever seen, and ironically of course on a hot sunny evening when conditions are perfect, it is deserted. Dudelange also contains a wide variety of architectural styles, fom the classical (French style) grand hotel to the bizarre house with projections in all directions, and being the winner of smallest balcony in the world ever, to the cinema /Arts centre CNA, which could stand for the opposite of CND as it appears to be promoting the attributes of a nuclear fallout shelter as concept in building design!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Dudelange, Düdelingen, Diddeleng, Дзюдзеланж, دودلانژ, Gemeng Diddeleng, Diudelanžas, Дюделанж, Диделанж

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