Luxembourg
Luxembourg

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  • Day25

    Luxembourg

    June 28 in Luxembourg

    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

    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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  • Day2

    Luxembourg

    September 12 in Luxembourg

    Eigentlich wollte ich hier gar nicht hin. Weil ich aber zufällig in der Nähe war, bin ich dann doch noch hin. Eine interessante Stadt, mit einer Mischung aus alten und neuen Bauwerken. Ziemlich hügelig, hätte ich gar nicht gedacht.

  • Day6

    Wahre Schönheit

    September 15 in Luxembourg

    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.

  • Day237

    Luxembourg

    January 5 in Luxembourg

    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.Read more

  • Day178

    Day 179: South-east to Luxembourg

    August 12, 2017 in Luxembourg

    Travelling day today, and time to leave Belgium. Up quite early as we had to get our rental car back to the depot near the station by 9am, and then a 9:15am train. Left the hotel at 8:30, drove the five minutes to the station, then spent 10 minutes waiting for another customer to get sorted out which was a bit frustrating! In the end the worker was happy with the car, and off we went.

    Surprisingly long walk to the station since it looked like it was "right there", but there was a bunch of construction work (not) happening, and we had to take the long way round. But we still made it with plenty of time to spare which was nice. Train for 90 minutes to a city in Belgium's south-east called Namur, where we grabbed a quick sandwich at the Panos chain and then hopped on a connecting train to Luxembourg for another 2 hours.

    Considering Luxembourg is known for being a micro-nation, it's actually surprisingly large. It's only seventh smallest in Europe (Vatican, Monaco, San Marino, Lichtenstein, Andorra, and Malta are all smaller in that order), and at 2500sqkm it's about the same size as Hong Kong. So there's plenty of farmland and smaller towns dotted around, though the capital city and main town, Luxembourg City, is obviously the dominating place.

    We arrived into the station around 1pm and walked about 10 minutes down the main boulevard to our hotel. The area around the station (creatively known as Gare) wasn't that nice or interesting, though as we got further from the station it got nicer. Our hotel is OK, a little tired and small but it'll be adequate for two nights.

    After a brief rest we headed out into the city for a proper late lunch. I found a spot on Foursquare called "Charles Sandwiches" which did apparently the best sandwiches in town. And, well, they were pretty good! I had a Philly Cheesesteak which is strips of tender beef with melted cheese, capsicum and onions. By now it was around 3pm, so it was a very late lunch!

    We wandered around some more, eventually making it to the older part of town which was much more interesting. It's surprising to find that Luxembourg is actually an old hilltop fortress town, and through most of it's thousand-year history it's been strategically important and heavily fortified. Although a lot of the defences were dismantled in the 1850s or so, plenty of it still remains and it's cool to wander around and check it out.

    Eventually we just found a cafe and grabbed a beer to relax, neither of us felt like filming or taking photos particularly since it was quite overcast and nice weather was supposedly incoming for tomorrow. Eventually we just wandered back to the hotel and stayed in for the evening, though I ventured out late in the day for a snack - only to discover that literally everywhere closes on a Sunday in Luxembourg! In the end I found a chain coffee shop that couldn't sell me any hot food since their machines were switched off (they were about to close), so I had a blueberry muffin instead. Healthy dinner!
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  • Day179

    Day 180: Exploring Luxembourg

    August 13, 2017 in Luxembourg

    Time to explore Luxembourg today, after having a look around yesterday. Up and out fairly early after a rare hotel breakfast! We walked around the old town, both the upper city and the lower city (basically there's a river that cuts the city in two, and the areas down in the valley are the lower city).

    For our filming, we decided to follow what's known as the Wenzel Walk, named after Saint Wenceslas who was one of the original kings of the area I think. Anyway, it covers most of the interesting fortifications and stuff, so we followed that route for the next few hours. Lots of filming, and it was great weather so things were turning out pretty nicely which I enjoyed! Plenty of sunshine too.

    The walk was quite tiring, and by 2pm it was definitely time for lunch. At the end of the walk there was a riverside bar selling homemade burgers, but apparently we'd have to wait an hour for food! Starving, we headed up in to the main square of the upper city and eventually settled on a French brassiere type place. I had a schnitzel, while Shandos had a traditional Luxembourg dish of ham with mustard, served in gravy with boiled white beans.

    Having a big meal at 3:30pm sort of tires you out, and since we'd seen most of what we needed to we headed back to the hotel, stopping one last time for another drink. Spent the evening in the hotel room relaxing, ahead of heading back to France tomorrow for a week off!
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  • Day46

    Luxemburg

    September 17, 2017 in Luxembourg

    Hüt simr uf Luxemburg. Sones schöns Stedtli! D' Hüser si us ganz häuem Stei gmacht, ds macht z' ganzä Biud sehr fründlech. Zudäm ischs mega lebändig gsi, mit Märit a verschidenä Ortä. Mir si no d' Notre Dame de Luxembourg gah aluege, ä sehr schöni Kathedralä mit umwärfendä Chiuchäfänster. Die auti Schlossbrügg, womä abä ufnä Stadtteil (Grund heisstr) gseht, isch ungloublech schön – absolut sehenswärt!
    Nachdäm mir das aues hei gseh, simr zrügg zum Alj u hei üs ufgmacht uf Frankriich. Ahja u o hüt heimr widr mega Glück gha mitem Wätter: dr ganz Tag schönsti Sunnä u womer im Alj hockä u am Fahrä si, fahts ah rägnä u haglä.
    Itz fahremer die nächschtä Täg uf Bordeaux.
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  • Day32

    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

    June 3, 2016 in Luxembourg

    Day 31:

    About a minute out the door this morning, we were in an open grassy field that we thought was the most magnificent thing we would see all day. 30 second's walk after some mild frolicking, we were in a deep forest. The forest floor was still damp from the rain last night, ivy had grown up the trunks of the trees, there was such a deep green to everything around, and birds were singing everywhere. It was majestic. Then a few steps up the path and we were in Luxembourg suburbia. As we passed through, there were wide expanses of fields, far beyond what our first little field was like. We followed a switchback road through what felt otherworldly, like rain forests in jurrasic park (for nerdy reasons we don't need to get into), then up switchbacks to the top of a mountain.

    Atop this mountainous hill sat Fort Thüngen. Like many in Luxembourg, there is a sad story for this fort. It was built in the early 1700s as an awesome fortress to protect the Redoute du Parc, atop a large hill. Unfortunately, in the latter part of the 19th century, it was forced to be demolished to basically prove that Luxembourg truly intended to remain neutral. Fast forward to WWI, the desire to remain neutral meant very little to the Germans, and without any defenses, they were railroaded (literally and figuratively) very quickly. Fortunately for us, the fort has been restored to its former glory, but unfortunately for us, now awkwardly has a museum of modern art integrated into it.

    Hungry and desiring some of these promised French pastries, we fumbled our way into the city center. A couple bonjours and mercis later, we had pastries, sandwiches, and cookies. One of which was a pain de chocolat et vanille that must translate to unicorn tears. We ended up sitting in front of a turn of the century building that turned out to be the relatively uninteresting Cercle Municipal for about an hour, enjoying a saxophonist play Phantom of the Opera.

    After relaxing, we somehow avoided seeing a couple of the more noteable buildings in the city center and moved on to see the Cathédrale Notre-Dame. No, not the one containing a hunchback, but it was still quite nice. It was an interesting mix of styles, probably pointing to the fact that it took three and a quarter centuries to finish the building... we have definitely been spoiled by churches so far, but this one was special.

    Across the street stood the Monument du Souvenir, or the "Golden Lady". She has a history of her own, from after the first World War to present day. The Monument of Remembrance was originally built to honor the over 1% of the total population who volunteered in the French army to fight German occupation. Then WWII came around and the Germans came in again (despite pledged neutrality) and tore down the monument. It took half of the 20th century to build it back up, but it is a beautiful reminder of the brutality of war.

    Unfortunately for us, the Aldolphe Bridge was completely under construction, so we could not see any of it. That's a tough thing to miss considering it is seen as a national symbol for Luxembourg, but that's fine. Especially because we were able to see the Passerelle, just to the east. Slightly older, so we can convince ourselves its the better one.

    After a short, but tiring day, we headed to the central station to reserve our next train. As a foreward to this part of the story, we avoided going to France on this particular vacation because of, well, the French. But that didn't stop those dirty little frogs from messing up something... French trains are on strike. A common phrase around these parts. So double the connections and add a few hours... thanks for confirming our initial thoughts to not visit.

    Sandwiches, local brews, and a backed up drain later, its bedtime.
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  • Day33

    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg pt II

    June 4, 2016 in Luxembourg

    Day 32:

    It seems unnecessary at this point to mention that we had another late morning... the forecast was bad, but the trusty window check showed a beautiful day. We headed east and soon were reminded of the volatility of the weather here. A big cloud burst later, we came upon the Cimetière Militaire Américain. Fortunately, the clouds cleared for us to visit the monument and pay respects to Great Uncle Donald who lost his life in Luxembourg in the Battle of the Bulge. Its a sobering experience to see the graves of so many who were fighting on foreign soil and realizing that those over 5,000 soldiers never returned to America. And triple that number were brought back to be buried at home. Studying the battles in school just can't put into perspective the true sacrifice. The best we can do at this point is feel love for those who fought against oppression, not hatred or regret for the aggressors.

    After a moving experience at the memorial, we headed back to the city center. It was an hour walk, with google maps trying to murder us by putting us basically in the middle of the street for half a kilometer. Danielle made friends with a couple of donkeys, as we discovered a super cool program Luxembourg has that puts sheep and donkeys on government lands to use grazing to naturally keep the plants trimmed. We also saw a little piece of home with some golden poppies growing along the road.

    We finally came upon the "Gibraltar of the North" just before the sky opened up and rained like we have never experienced before. But before we get into that bedlam... the whole reason Luxembourg exists is because this guy named Siegfried bought these sheer cliffs bordering the Pétrusse River. They were partially inhabited from the 4th century on, but once Count Siegfried purchased them in 963 to defend his lands in the surrounding areas.

    The Bock is a natural defense as amazingly high rocky cliffs, three sides around a river, which were dug out to create an intricate tunnel system, as well as built upon to make one of the most impressive fortresses in Europe. What we went through are known as the casemates, essentially places where you can launch stuff at enemies, but they have little to no chance of getting back at you. So basically this place was impenetrable. It was attacked a lot, but never taken, and each time expansions were built along with the repairs. But remember the brilliant British idea to ensure neutrality? Yea, this one had to be scrapped too.

    Back to our extreme weather experiences... we feel rain starting, and being seasoned experts on rain, we throw on our waterproof jackets and we were good, right? Wrong. This rain literally made us laugh it was so extreme. The lightning looked like it could be hitting trees righr next to us, and the thunder was literally right above us. To the point where we could hear it roll over us as it was crackling and shaking the ground. We hid under small rock out-shoots to escape momentarily as we made our way to wherever we thought we were going. But even then, water would flood over our feet as it poured down the stairs, so we were forced to keep moving. Then, Danielle explained it best, we felt like Mary and Joseph. Each time there would be shelter, people were under it and we would look at them like "please let us in" and each time people would look back like "no room in the inn". So at this point, our waterproof jackets kept our upper bodies dry, but our pants... soaked. Like jumped in a pool soaked. After some time, we finally made it to the entrance of the casemates, and of course, the rain stops.

    After getting mildly lost in what felt like miles of tunnels, we visited Saint Michael's Church, which was the site of the Count's castle chapel, built in 987. But as we've seen before, little lasts through wars, and it went through the same destroy and rebuild as most other churches. The current one was built in the 17th century, and that, in and of itself is pretty awesome.

    We picked up some waters and headed home from there. After stopping in to grab groceries on the way, guess what... rain. That crazy rain again. The locals were all hanging out under the eaves waiting before they left. But being crazy Americans, and deservedly receiving some looks, we booked it for home. Booking it being relative, of course, because we had a 29 minute walk from there. Protecting our hot chicken wings like they were viable eggs of a dinosaur, we made it home competely resoaked to the bone. Luckily there was no further flooding, and we even had an apologetic note from our host, along with Luxembourg sparkling wine and Belgian chocolates. Something must have happened to the wine because the bottle is empty. But chicken wings, cup o' noodles, and some sweet tunes were exactly what we needed tonight.
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