On the move again, in a bit of a random direction

Trip Start Nov 15, 2005
Trip End Aug 15, 2008

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

So this might seem like a bit of a strange direction for me to be headed, given my "plan". I did have some rationale behind it. Sort of. I think? Ah yes, I was planning on visiting a few friends dotted around western Europe before moving further away, and decided to take in a few other places along the way. Hence Luxembourg - I think this counts as "other places" for most people, being as it is the 3rd smallest country in Europe.

What to say about Luxembourg City? Well, it's small. In fact, I don't really think it deserves the name "City"; it's a town and is none the less for it. The newer developments, as with so many places, are nothing to write home about, so I won't. Instead, I'll just say that the setting of the old town is one of the more impressive I have seen. Almost entirely surrounded by deep, green valleys and having been continually besieged and rebuilt during the middle ages, it is easy to understand how it came to be the strongest fortress in Europe, though little of the old defences remain. Instead, many fine bridges span the valleys and lead into the spired and turreted, mainly pedestrianised centre. Pleasant enough to wander around for a while, though it didn't quite live up to the views promised from far side. One thing did please me immensely - some real bread!!! After almost four months of the imitation they sell in the Czech Republic, I hadn't realised just how much I missed a decent loaf until I picked up some freshly baked. So, so good!

Having walked around the centre for a little while (and picked up some hiking maps), I discovered the best part of the capital - the village-like communities on the valley floors. In particular, the unattractive sounding Grund was really quite beautiful, the grey slated roofs best admired from the Chemin de la Corniche, a walkway along some of the old city walls. The unpronouncable-without-showering-everyone-with-phlegm Pfaffenthal was much the same, only more green, but not so good views of the city. Finally, surrounding and containing the rest of the old town are a series of splendid parks, perfect for whiling away a few hours in the sun. I actually really like this town!!
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