Luxembourg

One by one I fell in love with the cities I visited. All in all those I have visited in Europe have been during very different points in my life. Some points more crucial than others, maybe that in itself will be a post another time.

For now I will share with you my thoughts and time in Luxembourg City. Luxembourg has a great deal to offer anyone who steps foot into it.

In Luxembourg I lost but I also found myself (symbolically). In actual reality I got lost twice but with both those experiences I developed myself further. quote

To me Luxembourg city will always hold a special place in my heart. In my eyes this city holds a glow within it.

I arrived in Luxembourg city in the evening during Mid November 2013. As the night got darker, the temperature dropped and the breath I breathed out condensed, something about the night lights shone further into the heart of this beautiful city. I felt more alert and awake. My vision of it seemed clearer. I loved how this city had preserved so much of the original structure and beauty.

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It took me awhile to find my hostel(more than 20mins of wandering around – lesson one research and print a detailed and proper map of your accommodation location – I normally do, I guess this time I was a bit careless), however after wandering into a pub to ask for direction the owner and customers in there(still sober) pointed me in the right directions. After about a 10minutes walk I found my hostel. (http://youthhostels.lu/en/youth-hostels/youth-hostel-luxembourg).

The hostel was actually quite enclosed, there was not much around it – as in no shops and restaurants. Hence why finding it was quite difficult and by the time I arrived I was quite tired but I managed to get in the queue just before a big group arrived. The staff members were very friendly and spoke fluent English and advised me that just a few steps out of the hostel I would be presented by a very pretty church and the famous Le rocher du Bock..

After an ok night sleep…….. I was really tired but sharing with 5 other girls (one who snored really loudly) made the sleep less peacefully. Anyhow I got up bright and early. Simply just wandering out of the hostel I was surrounded by what seemed like I had gone back in time.

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Casemates du Bock – whereby the east side of the haute ville is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Furthermore it is the first fortified during the Roman Empire. Standing by this gives you a feel of going back in time as it is nicely preserved.

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Furthermore for some reason even though it was 10am there were barely any people/tourists around. So I had the pleasure of wandering around peacefully and being able to take these picture perfect images.

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Viaduc (Passerelle)

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Barrio Grund.

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I also discovered this street which for some reason I found just so mesmerizing. Maybe it was the mixture of colours which presented itself in the different houses.

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I visited the Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame) which was not only beautiful outside but also breathtaking inside.

 

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Near the church across the road you can also see the Monument de la Solidarite Nationale (Monument to National Unity)

I clearly remember feeling quite sad seeing this the view of the male in a wheelchair and the female laying next to him seemed like a very painful event. I guess this depicts their history during the war. Nevertheless I would recommend paying your respect here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA few minutes down from the memorial. I saw lots of wooden huts. Unfortunately I had come a few weeks too early for the Christmas markets, which I was a bit disappointed about as all the preparation everywhere made it seemed like it would be so entertaining.

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I had been really excited about seeing the Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal) and it really didn’t disappoint me. The building was so nicely designed, I loved the colours they had used to build this. It just looked so grand. I also liked the flags that they proudly displayed around the Palace. I am not going to lie the picture below took me a few minutes to capture because the wind kept blowing the flag inwards and I wanted a perfect picture which displayed their flag clearly ^__^

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As I walked around the city center. I came to admire the people and how nice and calm their lifestyle seemed, a sense of jealousy but more-so envy that warmed me inside to see how rounded their life was. It just felt like the mood of everyone here was so good.

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More sightseeing:

It took me awhile to find St. Michael’s Church. I would say that it was a somewhat modern looking church from the exterior and interior. I had the pleasure of being in this church all by myself for more than 30minutes. It was a small church but it was really nice to wander around and take in every single detail which made me feel so peaceful.

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Added my candle to the collection:

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Around the corner from here I was taken back by  Le Chemin de la Corniche it was like nothing I had ever seen before. The buildings here were immaculate and the view looking down was stunning. Take a glimpse for yourself in my pictures. (better in real like ;))

Many have said that Le Chemin de La Corniche is “Europe’s most beautiful balcony.”  – I saw and thus agreed.

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This couple seemed to love this balcony so much they put their lives on the “edge” of it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt seems that some love will be locked here “forever”

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I was quite fortunate that most places I visited on the first few days were relatively empty so I got to take in the whole city in a tranquil way which I have never encountered before in any other cities I had previously visited. So this was quite refreshing.

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The World heritage part of Luxembourg city:

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Back out again in the city I saw something that reminded me of home:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Being here didn’t feel too isolated for me. The culture here was relaxed, all the people I encountered were friendly and helpful. Their lifestyle seemed nice, opening hours/working hours for those in shops seemed quite good they didn’t open too early in the morning(usually around 10am) and closed around 5pm. Most places close on Sunday. Walking around everywhere was convenient and clear road signs. I felt really safe. I had also read on numerous websites that Luxembourg is one of the safest place in Europe with the lowest crime rates.

 

The next day it started to rain but luckily it wasn’t too heavy so I wandered around in town taking a few pictures.

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Languages:

The people here are fortunate as they are taught and speak a variety of languages:

Luxembourgish

French

German

English

 

Mullerthal Trek:

As someone who adores mountains and the idea of pushing my body further and further in the form of going on treks. My top must visit for myself in Luxembourg was the Mullerthal Trek or as some know it as Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland. Upon doing research and googling this before my trip I was presented with lots of images that looked out of this world. There are three trail options you can pick. I mixed option 1 and 2 together.

For me this was the first time I had gone on a proper unguided and solo trek. I was unsure what I was more scared of:

Getting lost

Being attacked by someone or animals

Getting hurt/falling.

Luckily none of these happened. Well I got lost for a little while (but ironically it was after the trek, when I was trying to find my way back into the local town there. lol).

Going on a trek like this by myself was probably not what most people would do in their right mind. I guess I was kind of feeling daring and adventurous for some strange reason. To be honest even though I found it quite safe and Luxembourg itself is a very crime free place I wouldn’t recommend going here alone. I actually only encountered a handful of people over a 6 hour trek. Don’t get me wrong they were all very friendly. Everyone I passed smiled and said Moien (Standard greeting) to me which was very sweet. However now come to think about it one wrong turn or fall and no one would have known where to find me. Anyhow all went well and everything I saw within the 6hours I was here was just amazing. Words cannot justify the beauty and calm that was presented to me during the trek.

Most of the trek was clearly labeled with signs like below:

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First thing I discovered after 15 minutes walking was this secluded cave.

 

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As I got closer to the cave, I remember my heart skipped a beat when I saw this thinking it was a wild dog. Luckily its owner appeared shortly after this picture.

IMG_5369Inside the cave:

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The variety of colours surrounding me were just so eye catching. IMG_5435

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The autumn leaves made the feel and pictures more amazing. The sounds of the crispy leaves crunching was nice.

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The density of the surrounding was much more than I had expected.

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The beautiful and clear streams that I saw were filled with pretty stones inside.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeing here alone should have made me feel quite afraid, yet strangely enough I wasn’t.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEvery step I took there was a completely different formation or surrounding.

The stones, leaves, paths, streams were all so unique in their own way.
Even though I was really alone out here. I found that I was completely surrounded by nature. The range of colours and sounds all around me were so refreshing. The air was so clear out here.

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The view from somewhere close to the top of one of the paths.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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A random but cool looking place to sit and rest, whilst I snacked on energy drink and bar.

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The sign post that greeted me after a 6 hour trek.IMG_5551

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I would most certainly want to come back here one day to do a different route as all the stuff I managed to see here was so beautiful I want to be able to see more places within here.
I think the time period I went was perfect it wasn’t hot but it wasn’t really cold either. For me this temperature was perfect. There was also no rain. So all in all I think I was quite lucky.

 

Food:

Below is a few dishes I ate however I must admit I didn’t really research enough about Luxembourg cuisine beforehand so the stuff I ate were general western food, but they tasted good. =)

I loved that they had a range of flavored energy drinks called “OK” and a variety of paprika crisps.

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Loved their mushroom and creme sauce on chicken.

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 Unexpected discoveries:

I’m not sure exactly how I got here, but I had decided to just put my map away and just let my feet and mind take me where ever for a 20minutes walk and see where I would end up.
The answer was here:

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At the time I had no idea what this place was, just that it was beautiful and seemed like something very meaningful in Luxembourg because their logo was everywhere around here.

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I loved the gothic design of the clock and it’s surrounding.

So I thought let me take as many detailed pictures as possible of here and research later.

I found out later that this was Jean-Pierre Pescatore’s old people foundation. To read more click here.

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Just a few minutes walk from here I saw this funky artwork in a park.

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Further down several roadsI found another park, which was really quiet. It was Sunday here so I figured most people stayed in for family time. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The park was on Prince Henri road. IMG_5848

Goodbye Luxembourg:

I left convinced that one day I would return, even though I would have likely been to more places, seen more things and experienced more but I strongly believe my love for this city will bring me back and I will love it even more.

Here I stood making my wish that one I would return to this city/spot.

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