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Our Lady of Luxembourg Cathedral

This is the motto of the western european country wedged between germany, france, and belgium.  Under 1000 square miles and with a population of under half a million people, it is the only grand duchy in the world.  This means it is ruled by Grand Duke, but has a parliamentary representative democracy.

In World War II the country joined forces with the allies in the fight against the national socialists, and became the founding member of the United Nations and Nato.

Though it is on the borders of Germany, Belgium, and France - I was surprised that locals spoke predominantly in French, and plaquards and posters were also in French.  I walked most of the city within half a day, though I did not have a map or a city guide to help me along.

'Ponte Adolphe" bridge, which spans over the 'Petrusse' valley
  Had I taken the time to pick one of these up, instead of stumbling blindly around the city, I wouldn't have wasted more than an hour walking in the opposite direction of downtown.  I walked first into the dodgy end of Luxembourg, greeted by prostitutes and shady characters leaning in the doorways of empty pubs and shops.  Following that exciting adventure I wound up in the industrial and banking center of Luxembourg, walked a mile uphill, and realized I was walking the way I had driven into the city. 

So, finally having arrived where I intended to be all along, I realized that I had walked a complete circle around the city's center from where I had parked.  Having done this wasted the precious time I had, which would have been spent hiking down into the valley that cuts through the city, where there are beautiful parks and ruins to be admired.  Instead, I had to admire that from afar and walk to the nearby cathedral.

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photo by: Vikram