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  • Day262

    Tanken in Luxemburg

    September 20 in Luxembourg ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Unser Wecker klingelt früh heute morgen, denn heute steht die nächste Etappe auf dem Programm. Der Ritter möchte um 9 Uhr auf der Autobahn sein. Natürlich gehen wir noch gemütlich frühstücken in La Citadelle, aber der Koffer ist schnell gepackt.

    Die Autobahn ist heute morgen auch nicht mehr gesperrt, um 8:59 Uhr rollen wir schon gen Luxemburg. Die Grenze zu Luxemburg ist völlig unproblematisch, keinerlei Kontrolle, das ist Europa.

    In Luxemburg machen wir die neue Erfahrung einer Tankstelle mit Kreditkarte: Karte einlesen, tanken, Quittung kommt keine, also Zapfsäule sicherheitshalber mal fotografiert… 🤣

    Es soll übrigens die größte Shell-Tankstelle der Welt sein, und die größte Tankstelle Europas.
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  • 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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    Will have to add Luxembourg to our bucket list..thx for the tour.J.


    But... Do you miss me???? ❤️ Sue

    Maureen's Travels

    Yes, Sue - I do miss you!!! Will need some serious butt-kicking when I get back!

  • Day5

    Ahoi Luxemburg

    September 5 in Luxembourg ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Am 4. september am morge simmer nomal is zentrum gfahre zum go zmorge esse. eigentlich hemmer no welle ufd notre dame de strasbourg ufe aber will ich mis handy und somit s impf zertifikat im auto ufem camping platz vergesse han, hemmer de programmpunkt wieder müse kippe. Mer hend denn nomal es paar chlini iidrück vo strasbourg gsammlet und sind punkt 12i usem camping use gfahre richtig luxemburg. unterwegs simmer nomal in decatlon, wie choennts au anderst sii, und nomal öppis go esse. In luxemburg am namittag acho hemmer im hotel iicheckt, euses gepäck platziert, s auto für die nögste 2 täg imene parkhus abgstellt und denn no es mini ründeli dur luxemburg gmacht. glii hemmer wieder hunger gha und will de alain scho lang entdeckt gha het, das es en five guys da git, isch de znacht eigentlich au scho lang festgleit gsi. mer hend gmüetlich znacht gesse, sind nomal zum auto paar sache go hole und denn is hotel, womer gli sind go schlafe. jetzt sitzemer wieder imene kafi und mached eus nachher uf de weg, luxemburg z erkunde.Read more

    Freu mi schaurig über eui Bricht😀 [Büli-Grossmami]

  • Day25


    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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  • Day29

    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

    May 29, 2017 in Luxembourg ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Today brought a brief stopover in the capital of Luxembourg. Luxembourg is one of Europe’s smallest countries measuring just 82km long and 57km wide. It is recognised as the world’s second largest investment fund centre (after the USA).Read more

  • Day35

    Auf dem Weg nach Köln

    August 2, 2018 in Luxembourg ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Heute fahren wir endlich mal wieder nach Köln wo wir uns ja sowieso Zuhause fühlen und wo ich meine ganzen Freunde habe, die ich morgen treffe und am Sonntag haben wir ein Fotoshooting und ich freue mich mega drauf. Am Abend bin ich noch nach Köln gefahren und Mama kam dann nach und wir waren in unserer Stammkneipe „Früh“ noch eine Kleinigkeit essen und danach sind wir dann auch zum Wohnmobil gefahren, wo ich noch am Abend Musical.lys gemacht habe und sogar ein Fan war mit ihren Eltern + deren Wohnmobil auf dem Platz. Oh Gott, hahaha.Read more

  • Day31

    Bonnevoie, Luxembourg

    June 2, 2016 in Luxembourg ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Day 30:

    Today was a little rocky for us, but had its upsides too. We woke up late again because of those fortress style blackout curtains and had a hearty breakfast. Then, to make sure we got to the station as efficiently as possible, we left our directions to Google Maps. Who proceeded to add over a mile and half an hour to our journey by having us zig zag our way to the city center. After finding out we didn't need reservations for our trains, we decided to stick to our plans and check out the cathedral again. We checked our bags into a storage locker and headed there.

    We went inside the church again, and yes, its just as awe inspiring the second time. This time we were able to go behind the altar and see The Shrine of the Three Kings. Its the whole reason the church was built, and said to contain the remains of the three Magi. It was delivered, with a huge medieval precession of course, to the city of Köln in 1164. It sort of isn't worth trying to describe, so best bet would be to google it. Its this golden, shining box that contains the remains of men who were already old enough to be kings going on long, stargazing journeys at the turn of the.... not century, not millennium... era? So these fellas were born in fill-in-the-blank BC... crazy.

    We bought tickets to both climb the tower (why we would do this again is confusing) and the treasury. The tower climb was very cool and we had amazing sights of the Rhine River and the whole town. The tower is known for having the largest free swinging bell and we saw that beast! But again we found everyone around us huffing and puffing as we were just unreasonably scared. Luckily, we were contained inside for all of it, though. Its nice to take a minute and just think about where we are and how many people have been in the towers over their time. Speaking of numbers, realizing that you're 98 meters above ground also gives you a certain feeling...

    Then we went to the cathedral treasury. We are so sad that we weren't allowed to take pictures, because the items in there were beyond words. There were items from as far back as 300 AD, perfectly maintained coins, other things that we don't exactly know how to describe since we're not Catholic, and even the remains of an ancient Roman plumbing system from a building built on the site prior to the cathedral. The detail that people were capable so long ago is truly impressive.

    After our revisit of the cathedral, we headed towards Luxembourg. Unfortunately, we made the assumption that regional trains in Germany wouls be similar to those in Scandinavia... not so. We rushed to the station and were hard-pressed to find seats with any storage above, but finally did in the bike section. Everything was peachy for about 4 stops. Then the electricity shut off and it simply (in German) said get off the train. Apparently they were leaving several of the cars behind, and we had to scramble up to the front 3 to continue. So we stood for a couple of stops before seats opened up. After situating ourselves, a herd, yes, herd of a family came on and took over the whole section. They were loud, smelled awful, and were moving around the entire time. Time came for our switch and we had to just short of run to to reach the next train on time. We felt a sigh of relief after that.

    A short-ish walk later and we got to our next place to stay. Then we went to the only place serving or selling food within a half hour walk, a Thai place. We ended up having to run back after our meal because when they say rain in Europe, they mean RAIN. Not a slow start, not a trickle, like heavens opening rain. Somehow between goofy running and an awkwardly created bouquet of weeds and trees, it was a good night. Let's see what tomorrow brings.
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  • Day1

    Luxemburg, Gare

    January 2, 2017 in Luxembourg ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Nach 5 Stunden Fahrt über Kaiserslautern und Trier sind wir endlich am Bahnhof in Luxemburg angekommen. Etwas müde, extrem hungrig, aber glücklich machten wir uns auf die Suche nach ESSEN, da wir ziemlich erfolglos waren und nicht wie erhofft eine kleine Pommesbude fanden, sind wir in das nächst Beste Fast Food Restaurant gegangen Quick (wirbt mit qualitaty burgers). Falls ihr so einen Laden jemals seht macht nen sehr großen Bogen drum. Mehr als ein paar Pommes und für mich einen Cheeseburger gab's dann auch nicht.
    Auf dem Weg zum Hotel, dass am Park belle vue liegt, sahen wir dann den ersten Teil von der extremen Weihnachtsbeleuchtung, die in der kompletten Stadt aufgebaut ist. Sogar die Baukräne waren geschmückt.
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