Saturday, March 11, 2006

Luxembourg City

To some people the name Luxembourg is synonymous with the now defunct Radio Luxembourg and to others it is merely a place to stop off, en route to the south, to buy cheap petrol and cigarettes. People have been travelling through Luxembourg for centuries. The Vikings went south and the Spaniards went north, conquering people and trampling the little country underfoot. I have been stopped here for 21 years now.

The jewel of its crown is the capital, also called Luxembourg, and its old quarter. It was nominated European capital of the year 1995 and much money was spent in restoring parts of the old city.

Built on an outcrop of cliffs and protected on two sides by river valleys, it was the obvious site for a fortified city.

Now the fortifications have become the central attraction for a popular walk, called the Wenzel walk, which shows off the city to its best advantage.

In the summer the garden allotments built into the hillside are alive with birdsong and the buzz of contented bees. Swallows fly through the air questing for insects.
Today the quadrangle outside the Neumunster Abbey is a Sunday morning jazz venue and exhibition area, while the old prison now hosts exhibitions.

Cobbled streets twist up the hillside towards the old commercial part of the town with names like Fish Market and Butchers Street. The beautiful baroque church is home to one of the rare statues of a black Madonna.

Here you can visit the History of the City of Luxembourg museum, one of the best museums I have ever visited. Starting at the bottom you climb up through the centuries of the city’s history until you reach the modern day exhibits. The lifts have glass walls so that you can see the older rock structure as you move upwards through time. Wooden “maquettes” illustrate the growth of the city over the last few centuries.

On a sunny day there is no better place to go for a walk, sit in the sun with a drink and admire the view.

Luxembourg is, of course, famous for its food – mostly French but served in Germanic portions!


At 10:53 PM, Blogger Lois said...

How beautiful your place of living is.....21 years for you who calls herself Traveller. One can understand why you would always come home to Luxembourg.
I had never heard of your country until we met on the writers group,as you see Carol I can never be called Traveller.
One day I might be lucky and go to England/Scotland/Ireland to see where my ancestors were born,and many still live .
Or to the Island of Kes off Greece where my friends and neighbours Connie & Michael have beautiful white washed apartments right on the waterfront where the fishing vessles tie up in the evening with their catch.....
One does dream of these
Lois(Muse of the Sea)


At 12:03 AM, Blogger Heather Blakey said...

Carol! This is just magnificent and has bought back a flood of memories of our days in Luxembourg and Luxembourg City. Luxembourg is one of those relatively hidden jewels of Europe. It is not really on the tourist route yet it should be because it is like a magical fairyland.

At 12:03 AM, Blogger Traveller said...

stopped in one place for 21 years? yes, it's true but I travel away for my work on a regular basis as well as managing the odd holiday abroad as well

At 1:16 AM, Blogger Megan Warren said...

This is a beautiful depiction of your home. How I would love to come and visit! I'll have to start saving my pennies.

At 10:04 PM, Blogger wrr said...

Hi Carol.

I love the architecture of your Luxumburg. I suspect I'd love the food too. I wish I could go there and visit. I love it. It replete with history and splendor of the old world. I bet it smells great too. Mossy and a little damp mingled with plant smells.

Thanks for sharing.

At 1:24 AM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

Carol this is so lovely! What a place of great beauty!


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