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It was a cold rainy spring day when we visited Luxembourg City, admiring it’s tremendous ramparts and fortified walls and enjoying its historic charm. During our wandering, we came across a rather large church and as we were wet and cold, thought it might be a good opportunity to go inside, look around some, and dry out a bit.
There is a lovely statue of Virgin and Child positioned between the doors which you’ll see as you enter the cathedral, a statue which had a “newish” feel to it, although I’m not certain when it was crafted.
This was the Notre-Dame Cathedral (also called the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin), which was built between 1613 – 1621 by the Jesuits as the …
The Grand Ducal Palace is the official home of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. It is here that most of his duties as head of this small country are executed.
The building, which has a beautiful Renaissance facade, was originally the city hall of Luxembourg City (1572 – 1795). During the 19th century it served a variety of administrative functions. In 1890, following an extensive renovation, the palace became the home of the Duke and Duchess.
The Nazis occupied the palace during the 1940s and turned it into a tavern. During the occupation, it was damaged and much of its furniture and art were stolen or destroyed. It was extensively restored in the 1990s and today is used as the Duke’s residence, …
You’ll find street entertainers in almost every city, but I’ve never seen two guys put on a show in quite in this way before.
While walking through the beautiful historic downtown core of Luxembourg City, we came across these two men making soap bubbles. I enjoyed making bubbles as a boy, running through the backyard with my little wand after dipping it in to the bowl of soapy fluid, trying to get the biggest bubbles I could. But I never was able to produce bubbles one thousandth the size of these. These guys used a large string loop on two sticks, dipped the string into a soapy solution and using a combination of gentle motion and the breeze, crafted something magical …
It’s very easy not to visit Luxembourg. Not much large than a postage stamp on most maps, with a population of only a half million, the Grand Duchy quickly slides by on your rail or road-trip through the larger countries between which it’s sandwiched, namely France, Germany and Belgium.
We tacked on a brief visit to Luxembourg while in Europe, en route from France to Belgium, and were pleasantly surprised by the what a great place this was! Luxembourg City is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its historic core and the extensive remains of its fortifications (at one time it was one of Europe’s fortress strongholds), so this is where we focused our time. It’s a wonderful …