Mar 25, 2013

Luxembourg City

Just four days were left to leave Europe and we had to exit Paris, France towards Frankfurt, Germany. The route map was drawn with a halt at Reims and Strasbourg. Luxembourg would be a diversion from the route. It looked so near, both my children insisted we take the diversion to Luxemborg. It would increase the count of countries visited from 13 to 14. They didn’t want to stop at unlucky 13! Ah! Some reasoning there! Arunabha (my husband) very willingly obliged.


Grand Duc in city center

 
We had just two hours to spare to tour the city; we set the GPS to Luxembourg City. 371kms, four hours drive, we halted at Reims for some time, we then reached LC at around one. Reaching the city and finding a parking slot was hassle free. This was totally unplanned; hence we were not sure where to start from. Luxembourg is counted amongst the world’s three richest countries. After touring Paris and some spots in the outskirts of Paris for five days I was not sure what to expect from Luxembourg.


We decided to simply wander around the old town. Stepping on Grund, centre of Luxembourg City, we found the area flooded with stalls. We had a quick bite here, glad that we didn’t have to search for a restaurant. The first place we halted was the ‘Palace of Grand Dukes’. The Grand Ducal family resides here. It is a 16th century structure recently restored. The guard was marching to and fro undisturbed by the tourists chatting and clicking around him. Nobody came out to wave at us from the palace windows.


Cathedral Notre Dame had very impressive structures. A 17th century Jesuit church, it is surrounded by modern structures and I found it difficult to get a good picture of the façade. The ceiling was painted so beautifully so different from other cathedrals I have seen. Later we walked along the cobbled streets of the Old Town, the Chemin de la Corniche, often described as Europe’s ‘most beautiful balcony’. More pictures from the walk to follow.


 Our World Tuesday.

25 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

It is always a lot of fun traveling with you. Great photos!

Sylvia K said...

I agree, it is always fun traveling with you, Indrani!! Wonderful captures for the day! Hope you have a great week!

Carver said...

Wonderful shots. Looks like a great trip.

Cloudia said...

What a good trip!:-)

Aloha

George said...

I'm glad you made this stop and got these wonderful pictures to share with us. Both the palace and the cathedral are very imposing structures.

ladyfi said...

Love these shots - what a nice diversion...

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Very nice series!

Greetings from the Netherlands,
DzjieDzjee

Jim said...

How interesting.

islandwonder said...

What a fun trip!

richies said...

Looks like country number 14 was very nice.
An Arkies Musings

Krishna said...

Nice trip and good photos

thanks

Anuradha Shankar said...

Beautiful, Indrani!!!! I recently got a postcard from Luxembourg city and seeing it made me want to go there.. and now the yearning just grows stronger with your photoblog!

eileeninmd said...

Well worth an extra stop and to add an extra country to your growing list. The cathedral is beautiful and your photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing your tour.

Fun60 said...

I love the excitement of the unplanned trip. Your children were quite right in persuading you to visit.

Gattina said...

I like Luxemburg especially the town, it's not so far from here and we can go there in the morning and coming back in the afternoon.

Gary said...

Wonderful tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

EG CameraGirl said...

With only two hours to tour the city I think you made the right choice to see the old city. But two hours is definitely NOT long enough, I'm sure. :)

Łucja-Maria said...

Hello!
Nice post. Great pictures.
Temple N.M.P. is very beautiful inside and patron of the city of Luxembourg.
I send greetings.
Lucia

Jesh St Germain said...

Even though it is a tiny country, it has its own identity! I remember when we visited after our 4 year stay in the US, it as beautiful! The cathedral is out of this world:)

SandyCarlson said...

Your blog is always an adventure. Thanks for this post.

Sridharan said...

Superb pictures..

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Amazing is what I can say about your travel

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

beautiful shots, wish could be there right now

Arumugam Easwar said...

have more fun. nice read.

Amit Pithadia said...

Classic clicks....