About two hours North West of Heidelberg you will cross in to a little country that no one really ever mentions. I suspect it’s because few people know anything about it or shrug it off as an inconsequential little country. That’s a shame because Matt and I found Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to be a beautiful, homey little city.
The prominent language of the city seemed to be French thought there was also evidence of German and English there as well. The menus in the restaurants were in all three languages and the servers could easily slip in and out of all three languages without a thought.
As we entered into the city in search of parking we found this sculpture near the main roundabout. Honestly I am not sure what it is though it looks like a colorful, big woman with larges breasts but that’s just my interpretation and may require the help of a Freudian psychologist to work it all out.
The streets of the city were quaint and typically European with cobblestone and red geraniums lining the avenues. It was a really clean city full of beautiful people (literally the majority of the people were really good looking both the men and the women) but I guess that could be expected after seeing pictures of the Royal family who look like models from the Husband and Wife to the five kids. I once saw a travel show on Luxembourg and it said that the people of Luxembourg absolutely love their monarchy and it shows. There were postcards in every shop with their mugs all over them.
In the center of the city in typical European fashion there was a nice city square open only to pedestrians and surrounded my at least a dozen cafes and restaurants with dining on the square. This is one of the things that I find charming about Europe. There’s nothing like having a meal or a café mocha outside under an umbrella protected table people watching.
This city center also had a bandstand in the middle of it all suggesting that this city loves to celebrate with music and shows on a regular basis. Now that’s something I could really get into.
Walking around the city we found many charming things like the fountain with a statue of two men playing tuba and drums surrounded by sheep. Cute, whimsical, and fun. Everything I like in a city.
As we walked down the streets we came across what appeared to be the city library with an entrance as grand and intricate as any estate would have. It appeared that it may have been a church at one time. With such a welcoming entrance it would make anyone want to read just to have the opportunity to walk into its stately mouth. I, being an avid reader, would probably never leave. J
We found giant wood doors with huge brass door knobs in the middle guarding mysterious houses as we continued our walk down the side streets of the city inspiring me with ideas for my own residence one day. Imagine the court yard that a residence would have with a door like that!
After dinner at one of those cafes on the square (we had to eat inside because all the tables were already taken by people who were in the know and got there earlier) we headed towards the memorial to the people who gave their lives in World Wars I and II. It was a huge towering obelisk that reached into the sky almost as if trying to touch those who had lost their lives.
The view from the memorial was fantastic. Going to the railings there we found we were towering over a park and Roman ruins that was hidden in the lush greenery below us and we were HIGH above the people walking their dogs down there. Driving to Luxembourg we had no idea that we were in such a mountainous region but this was the proof that we weren’t in flat, sea level Florida any more.
There were two things that really stood out in this city. The first thing was the city provided bicycles available for all to use whenever they wanted to. They were located right in the car park as you walk into the down town area and they were for anyone to use and then when you are done you return them to the stand again. This feature we have found in other cities since we’ve been over here. In Koeln where we are living Deutche Bank provides this service as well throughout the city. All you have to do is register with DB and you can take any of the bikes where ever they are located for as long as you want to use it. When you are done you return it where you found it and that’s it. I love this idea. It promotes the green idea of biking while making it so easy for everyone to be a part of it whenever they please. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
The second thing that I really loved about this city is that it is a Hot City. I have heard about a few cities in the U.S. doing this including, I believe, Portland, Oregon and many universities but this is the first time that I’ve been in a city that was a complete wireless zone. I love that!! I love the idea of being able to take my computer out anywhere in the city and logging on, checking my emails, paying my bills, or working while enjoying the outdoors or having that café mocha I mentioned earlier. The mere fact that Luxembourg is a Hot City tells me something about the people that live there. They are probably well educated, affluent, and current technologically. If they weren’t I wouldn’t think the city would have invested in such a great thing as this.
After a beautiful day we headed to the Mini Cooper and began the journey back to Koeln satisfied with our full day of adventures. The trip home took us through the many little villages and twisty, turny roads of the Germany that many people see in books. Sleepy little towns that looked like they haven’t changed in centuries separated by mountains and forests. It was a great little journey back and by 10:30 p.m. we were back in our own little city wondering where our next adventure would take us.
Until next time Matt and I send our love.