The tiny country of Luxembourg

Trip Start Sep 10, 2009
Trip End Sep 28, 2009

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

The train ride to Luxembourg City was fairly quick, about an hour. The area surrounding the train station was generic, not much to see. The charm of Luxembourg is found in the city center, so we quickly made our way to our hotel. Hotel Italia is one of those hotels I'm sure you're all familiar with. You know, half restaurant, half hotel. Where the hostess stand doubles as a check-in counter. The entrance to the restaurant gives you the option of heading straight up a fight of stairs to the rooms or off to the right to white, table cloth dining. Yup, I pride myself on picking exceptional accommodations. Heading up the stairs, we follow the puke green carpeting to room 11. Our room had 70's furnishing and design. Not the hip kind but the actual furnishings from the 70's. Our view was the back of a apartment building. A mere 25 feet separated us. While not ideal, the voyeur aspect of watching people cook, go to the bathroom and watch TV was semi-fascinating. It was still light out so my peeping would have to wait.
The center wasn't very far from our hotel. A 15 minute walk and we were on a bridge staring down into a gorge. The city center or old town is surrounded by it. A beautiful gorge I might add. It was filled with trees, walking paths, a stream, the occasional ruin and ornate buildings. I guess having the gorge surround most of the city back when marauding thieves were abundant provided a natural defense. Most of the old city walls still stood. Three bridges got you across. The old town is really fairy book stuff. Over a thousand years old. The buildings are a big part of the attraction. Turrets and towers puncture the skyline. It's very easy to imagine yourself living in the 18th century. Just block out the H&M store on the corner. With the sun just about gone, we tucked into some outdoor seating at a bar and proceeded to enjoy the erie quiet of the city. I'm not sure if Luxembourg is known for their wines but we discovered their Rivaner wine. It's white, very light and refreshing as hell. A bottle later we were tired but had the munchies. We zeroed in a doner kebab place I saw near our hotel and then called it a night.
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