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I’ve never had the privilege to visit a country that feels as though it’s still in the old world and Luxembourg is that country. This is also the first country on our trip that we got to practice our French as it’s the leading language aside from Luxembourgish, which happens to be a combination of German and French. We were in town for only a few days, but it was just enough to take in all the sights, sounds, and culture of this little city. In my opinion, you only need a few days to truly see everything but, of course, dedicate another day or so if you plan to visit locations outside of Luxembourg City. But since we didn’t have a car, we stuck to their city center and found some pretty great historical sites!
So, here’s Luxembourg!
As you can tell the weather here was mostly overcast and rainy while we were visiting. But considering the constant sunshine back home it was a nice change of pace for us and made me feel as though I could truly experience a sense of fall in Europe.
From our hotel to the city center we had to walk this major bridge that ran across an entire section of the city, called the Grund (meaning ‘the ground’). There we found schools, homes, restaurants, a children’s museum, and a few bars. It’s almost like a city on top of a city!
I loved my newest jacket from Stitch Fix because it was perfect for this dreary and cold weather! Best yet, it rolled up and fit into a pouch which made it an awesome jacket to travel with!
Statue de la Grande Duchesse Charlotte
Grande Duchesse Charlotte happens to be one of the longest ruling monarchs of Luxembourg and a statue that commemorates her stands at Plaza Claire-Fontaine. We happened to be wandering around and happened upon this plaza by surprise. One aspect to this city that I love is that, albeit small, you can find yourself discovering something new and interesting on every block.
And so far our 3D Summer Lite stroller has been an amazing collapsable stroller to travel with. It could even keep up with all of the cobble stone!
It’s interesting that in Luxembourg City their palaces are situated right in town, which makes it a perfect sight to see as you make your way to the city center for some lunch or dinner. You can’t visit inside, from what I could tell, but at the very least it was pretty cool to walk by considering the architecture and culture of the city.
The City Center
The city center is where much of the buzzing around happens from tourists to locals making their way to work, grabbing a bite at their many cafes and restaurants, or do a bit of shopping. We spent a lot of time here ourselves during our stay because it’s where you can find, well, everything. I loved grabbing coffee and a pastry early in the morning then heading off to do some exploring just to find a cozy restaurant for lunch or dinner. We also opted to visit their little corner stores to pick up snacks and such for our hotel room – the wine is cheaper, too 😉
Pirate Ship Playgrounds!
Another great aspect about Europe in general is the number of public playgrounds they have available for families and and when I found that there was a massive playground in the form of a pirate ship I just had to take Greyson. It was another wet and overcast day but Grey needed to get some wiggles out – and although the park had all kinds of fun things to do, he had an amazing time playing with the gravel! Gravel, people! Nonetheless it was fun to play around.
You can read about Greyson’s capsule wardrobe here for toddler inspirations when traveling!
Le Chemin de la Corniche
This is a great view for those who love walking aimlessly around the towns they visit. It offers up a great panoramic view of the entire city and the Grund that lays on the lowest level of the city. Although it being in French, it was great to read about the history of this city and that it was originally built with a stone fortress around it during wartime. You can see remnants of this stone wall today, which just adds to the aura of this city.
Luxembourg was a great stop along our way in Europe. We were looking forward to continuing our trip as we had originally planned, but of course, life would soon derail us.
Due to this being a work trip, and my husband having just had a new General Manager come on to the team, he had been given orders to return home sooner than planned. It was a huge blow to us, and the savings we used to make this happen for our family, but in life one can’t obsess over spilled milk. So, we made the best of our situation and instead of traveling on to Germany and Italy as planned, we opted to make our way back home. But not before enjoying one of our favorite cities first (and which happens to be a major hub for international flights) – ah, Paris!
Our time in Paris, France is coming up next in this series, The Daniel’s Take Europe! But you can read all about London here in the meantime!