Gay Luxembourg – The Gay UK

Author: , December 13th, 2018

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Luxembourg might not jump out at you as the most obvious place to head to for a European break. After all, France boasts Parisian style and world-renowned wines, Belgium and Germany are the beer destinations of choice for those with a taste for the hop, and if you are looking for sun, sea, sand and …well, shenanigans, then you probably head for the Mediterranean.

But if you are a cultural explorer looking to see just how much fun can be had on the pink pound, then this little country has something that no other European state can rival. So the question is, ‘how vibrant is Luxembourg, a country where their Prime Minister is openly gay?’

The Grand Duchy, as it is more formally known is encompassed by Germany, Belgium and France and the capital, Luxembourg City has a population of only 115,000, a city where languages are as trendy as their chic nightlife. I have to admit that Luxembourg was not high on my list of must-see places, but when I started to research how easy and affordable direct flights were from London City Airport with Luxair, I packed my overnight bag and off I went.

The real draw of Luxembourg, both the country and the capital city, is that it is small but perfectly formed and offers a charming and manageable slice of northern Europe. It is also one of the wealthiest countries in the world and also features high on the list for global wine consumption.

By Ray Si – Full Story at The Gay UK

 

Gay Luxembourg – Gay UK

Author: , November 19th, 2018

Luxembourg - pixabay

Luxembourg might not jump out at you as the most obvious place to head to for a European break. After all, France boasts Parisian style and world-renowned wines, Belgium and Germany are the beer destinations of choice for those with a taste for the hop, and if you are looking for sun, sea, sand and …well, shenanigans, then you probably head for the Mediterranean.

But if you are a cultural explorer looking to see just how much fun can be had on the pink pound, then this little country has something that no other European state can rival. So the question is, ‘how vibrant is Luxembourg, a country where their Prime Minister is openly gay?’

The Grand Duchy, as it is more formally known is encompassed by Germany, Belgium and France and the capital, Luxembourg City has a population of only 115,000, a city where languages are as trendy as their chic nightlife. I have to admit that Luxembourg was not high on my list of must-see places, but when I started to research how easy and affordable direct flights were from London City Airport, I packed my overnight bag and off I went.

The real draw of Luxembourg, both the country and the capital city, is that it is small but perfectly formed and offers a charming and manageable slice of northern Europe. It is also one of the wealthiest countries in the world and also features high on the list for global wine consumption.

By Ray Si – Full Story at GayUK

 

Luxembourg’s National Museum of History and Art – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 20th, 2018

Luxembourg's National Museum of History and Art

Unlike other national museums in Europe, the National Museum of History and Art in Luxembourg (MHNA) is small. It does, however, contain impressive fine arts of its own. Who would have ever known that Victor Hugo was a sketch artist? I didn’t – until I saw one of his sketches here.

Museum Collections. The museum has Archeology Collections which mostly composed of regional / local pieces that are found from excavations. Their Fine Arts Collections has photographic works of Edward Steichen. It also art pieces from the Middle Ages to mid-20th century. The Arts and Crafts section of the museum shows the local designs and its foreign influences. And then, there’s the Coin Cabinet, a numismatist’s place of wonder.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Luxembourg’s Charming “The Grund” – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 2nd, 2018

The Grund Luxembourg - Keep Calm and Wander

The Grund is a charming part of Luxembourg City. According to census, there are less than 800 people living here and only 33% are Luxembourgers. The only thing I know before I came here was that Luxembourg is a haven for the ultra rich. So, maybe, some of them live here?

Where to See the Best View. The Grund skyline can be best viewed from Chemlin de la Corniche Promenade, aka, the Most Beautiful Balcony in Europe. I never had the chance to go down here because I couldn’t find the lift that goes down to the valley. So, I decided to explore other parts of the city.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Luxembourg’s Grand Ducal Palace – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , December 30th, 2017

Grand Ducal Palace - Luxembourg - Keep Calm and Wander

The Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg Has Got an impressive facade. Yes, I was impressed. I wasn’t even planning or looking for this place but when I passed it on my way to the museum, I had to sit down on an empty cafe across the street and admire it from my outdoor table. I can also assure you that I was also looking at the marching guards. Promise, I was just looking.

The Grand Ducal Palace is the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. In summer (from mid July to August), the palace is open for guided tours. Unfortunately for me, I was there in June, so the it’s the Duke’s loss for not able to meet me.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Luxembourg’s Most Beautiful Balcony – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , December 26th, 2017

Luxembourg

Chemin de la Corniche Promenade in Luxembourg is Europe’s Most Beautiful Balcony. Perhaps, it’s the world’s longest balcony, too! I walked the entire promenade that snakes through the top of ancient, historical forts.

Chemin de la Corniche. The promenade runs on top of the old ramparts built by the French and the Spaniards. Take your time walking slowly and admire the views below the valley and across the river. The small community you see below is the district of Grund with interesting houses.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Luxembourg for a Day – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 4th, 2017

Luxembourg - Keep Calm and Wander

Yes, it’s possible to visit Luxembourg for one day. The city is just too small that you don’t even have to stay there for a night. I’ve seen and did all the things I wanted to do in less than 6 hours. I could have taken a train to Brussels that evening but I already booked a hotel, so I had to stay.

My train from Paris arrived in Luxembourg (2 and a half hours) around noon. As soon as I exited the train, I directly went to my hotel, right in front of the station. My room was already cleaned up so they allowed me to check-in earlier than scheduled. I rested for an hour and off I started my sightseeing.

Things to do in Luxembourg for One Day

Travel Tip for self-guided Tour: Find the following places on your Google Map app before you embark on your own walking tour. You don’t have to follow this route. Most of these attractions are just meters away from each other, so there’s no need to take public transport.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Visiting Luxembourg

Author: , July 4th, 2014

Luxembourg - Dolly Goolsby

We have a sunny day and Internet connection, so all is well. We have had a couple of rainy days, but the rain was intermittent, so we were still able to enjoy ourselves.

On Sunday, we took a bus trip back to Luxembourg, one of the smallest countries in the European Union. We visited the American Military Cemetery outside Luxembourg City, then we went to the German Military Cemetery, which is just 0.9 km from the American, but was established after WWII to lay those soldiers to rest as well.

German soldiers were buried 2 to a marker: one above and one below. As you can see, these were very young men. There are over 10,000 German soldiers buried here. Sad to think that so many young men on both sides died because of the insanity of Hitler. We must learn from those mistakes and never let that happen again.

After those somber experiences, we continued into Luxembourg City, where we were taken on a walking tour by a local guide. The city is very beautiful, lots of old trees, several old buildings, but most of the city is newer, more modern.

We had a very lovely, long day, and returned to our ship just before dinner time, to find out, those who had stayed behind went into the village of Zell, where there was a wine festival going on, with a parade, wine tastings, food, everything! I was sorry we missed that, but not sorry that I got to see Luxembourg, another country where I had not been before.

Zell, by the way, is known for its white wine, called Zeller Swartzkatte. (The black cat.). I remember that the wine was one that we drank way back in the 1960\0x2032s. I remember that we liked it then but we also liked Lancer’s, Mateus, Blue Nun, Lambrusco, all wines we never drink anymore.

We sailed away from Zell Sunday evening, and came to the first stop on the Rhine River early in the morning. We were sad to leave the Mosel River area, as it is so beautiful and so peaceful.

But more adventures await us on the Rhine. So, until next blog post,

Auf wiedersehn,

Dolly