First taste of Lux

Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Luxembourg  , Diekirch,
Thursday, August 9, 2012

Two attractions for us for this town. "The family of man" which is on the UNESCO Register of World Memories. The guidebook stated was "without doubt the world's greatest photographic exhibition" dating from the 1950s and it caused a stir through the 1960s too. Sounded intriguing.
Secondly there are two tolerated places to park up for the night. 

So on arrival we checked out where to park. One was parking outside the monastery, in the woods, perfect spot except for the new no motorhome signs. The second was the car park in the middle of town by the château. Lively and noisy location, but nothing prohibiting us. So we kept a very low profile and despite the numerous cars passing through all night, slept without being moved on.

And to the château for the photographic display which is closed until 2013 for redesigning the exhibition. Instead we went to the monastery. There was a collection of photos showing a monk's daily life in the crypt. Mass was going on upstairs and we could hear fragments of singing as we viewed photos of robed monks with strimmers. I enjoyed the collection, there was plenty of visual information and a few not too complicated text panels. The monastery had been taken over by Hitler Youth and the damage has been mostly repaired but there are still works ongoing.

This was our first look at Luxembourg so it was great to have a walk around a pleasant little town. Luxembourg has the world's highest GDP and it shows. It's a bit like being near Monaco - most of the cars are high-end and all are clean. Everyone is dressed smartly all of the time, except the tourists, ahem. So we blend in. The streets are clean and all paving slabs thus far tested are level. The tables and chairs marching from the bars onto the pedestrianised streets are modern and the clientèle are immaculately presented. We slobbed our way through the fancy end of town and finally found the cafe with plastic chairs and beach parasols, patrons with unpressed jeans and prices not requiring a mortgage.

The town is in a wooded valley in the north of the country which is mostly two natural parks. So far Luxembourg has been very pretty indeed, and a pleasure to drive around following yellow road signs that feel like we are constantly on a route diversion.
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