An unfortunately dreary day in Luxembourg

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Palais Grand-Ducal

I moved on to see yet another friend, Christine, this time in Trier, Germany. While she was studying for exams, I decided to spend the day in the tiny country of Luxembourg, which was only 40 minutes away.

Being one of those people who prefers winter over summer, I generally refuse to admit that any experience has been hampered by winter weather. Yet some of Luxembourg's charm was probably lost on me. The old town seemed as if a spell had been cast over it, snap freezing everything including its inhabitants (of which I saw almost none). I was thankful at any chance to be inside and the first place I stumbled upon was the Museum of the History of Luxembourg, which was begrudgingly not in English. I understood probably about half of what was written through my limited French, but at least it was nice to escape the cold.

The tree brances in winter.

I was, however, able to appreciate the winter fairytale created by Luxembourg's natural surroundings. As I walked along the city's famous promendae, Chemin de la Corniche, I was particularly fascinated by the trees. The branches were completely covered in snow and look as if they have been scuplted from crystalised or frosted sugar (see photo).

I finally found people when I went back to the main shopping district during the lunch hour. I was determined to eat a good lunch and had decided on a Japanese-inspired place recommended in Lonely Planet. The restaurant, Upstairs (named for obvious reasons), was a trendy sanctuary. I made the most of the lunch deal (plat du jour), which included soup and a huge bento box full of chicken, vegetables and pasta. I couldn't even finish it.

In the afternoon I visited the Museum of Natural History and Art (not so great, but the mosaic from the Gallo-Roman period was worth seeing), the Bock Casemates and the Cathedrale Notre Dame. I shopped a little more (I think I've been into H&M in every bloody city I've visited) and finished the day with a damn good chocolate croissant.

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Palais Grand-Ducal
Palais Grand-Ducal
The tree brances in winter.
The tree brances in winter.
Along the Chemin de la Corniche.
Along the Chemin de la Corniche.
Place Guillaume II
Place Guillaume II
The view from the Bock Casemates
The view from the Bock Casemates
Another shot of the Palais Grand-D…
Another shot of the Palais Grand-…
View from the Museum of the City o…
View from the Museum of the City …
Me at the Bock Casemates
Me at the Bock Casemates
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photo by: Vikram