A Day’s Visit to Luxembourg City from Paris

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 Luxembourg City 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 among 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.

Grund, Centre of Luxembourg City

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. Guard here 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, Luxembourg City

Cathedral Notre Dame had very impressive structures. It is a 17th century Jesuit Church. The church 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.


 

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Saint Quiriace Church, Provins, Paris

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