Monday, 28 July 2014

a road trip to Luxembourg City

Hello again, how have you been? During my blog break we took a spontaneous road trip to Luxembourg with a short stop in London. As soon as we drove into London, I realised how much I had missed it. By the Marble Arch my heart was beating faster and at Hyde Park Corner I felt a sense of thrill (the area is part of my London comfort zone). The London stop was way too short for my taste but in the evening, as I was standing on a deck of a ferry, breathing in the refreshing sea air and admiring the White Cliffs of Dover, I was feeling more than content.
Why the London-intro to a post on Luxembourg? Compared to my London excitement, arriving in Luxembourg after eight months away took me by surprise. As probably most of my blog readers know, Luxembourg was our home for more than a year and the move to the UK last November was done in a bit of haste. I didn't really have the time to say goodbye to the city. Without dwelling much on such thoughts I sometimes wondered if perhaps I wasn't quite done with Luxembourg, but as I walked its streets again - I could have done so blindfolded and still found my way - I realised that I was indeed done. I loved seeing the city again but there was nothing I was holding on to; if my destiny with Luxembourg was once entwined it had been disentangled.
I hope my tone of voice doesn't come off as negative. My old city, Luxembourg, is a place worth visiting and I would especially recommend it to those who enjoy city life but aren't fond of big and noisy cities. Luxembourg is small and quiet (probably boring for those seeking wild nightlife) and in the city centre you not only have narrow cobblestone streets, but also a beautiful landscape. You can walk down into the Pétrusse Valley and at certain points you almost have to remind yourself that you are in a city.
My son and I went for a walk in the valley and ended our walk in the old quarter, Grund, where I took these photos before sitting down at a café. (See more photos of Luxembourg.) To me this part always looks more like a setting of a fairy tale than an actual place where people live. From what I have heard it is very expensive and mostly inhabited by foreigners, which I find rather sad. The fact is that Luxembourg has one of the most expensive housing markets in Europe. Even some of the foreigners working there, and some citizens, choose to live on the German, French, or Belgian side of the borders where housing is cheaper. We actually thought about doing that when A was working in Luxembourg. We thought about moving from Antwerp to a place in the south of Belgium, but I'm glad we didn't and instead got to experience living in Luxembourg.
photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt
Grund, Luxembourg City, July 2014

7 comments:

  1. This looks so beautiful Lisa, it makes me want to go to Luxembourg. It has never been on my bucket list, probably because it's so small and squeezed in between all those countries but it seems to be worth a visit! Happy Monday!

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    1. I think its small size is exactly the reason why people don't include Luxembourg in their travel plans. But because it's so small you really just need one day there if you are only interested in the scenery ;-)

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  2. Luxembourg looks a very tranquil pretty place but I am from the UK and London feels like my home town, I understand how it can thrill !
    For now I must be content with "down under"
    Have a happy week Lisa, love your new profile picture:)

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. When we were back on a UK soil, I experienced the I'm-back-home feeling and it felt really nice. Maybe it's part 1 of becoming a proper Brit ;-)

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  3. Hi Lisa, Your thoughts on Luxembourg are very interesting. I think it's good to be able to feel finished with a location and not feel some part of you is still there. That's very healthy and in no way diminishes how much you enjoyed it while you were there. As for London, well, I understand your reaction to my favorite city. Nowhere like it and I do miss it all the time!

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    1. I agree with you on the feel-finished part, and you're right, it doesn't diminish how much we enjoyed living there.

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  4. May be I should get away from Luxembourg for some time to be able to get the vibes back ;-) Lovely pictures!

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