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Walking in the valley with the viaduct in the background

I was not feeling well, again today. I was taking my antibiotic and pain meds but, didn’t sleep well. I was not letting that stop me from seeing what I came to see.


I had reserved a tour of the city, Wenzel Circular Walk (1000 years in 100 minutes).


We walked the Avenue de Liberte to the Adolph Bridge. This avenue is lined with historic buildings, a prestigious and remarkably well-preserved architectural achievement. This area (the Bourbon plateau) saw its growth with the new bridge in the first years of the 20th century.

The little engineer


We descended to the lower valley after crossing the bridge. The walk along the Petrusse Valley was picturesque and peaceful as it was early and few people were out. This large ravine served as a giant protective ditch between Beck and Saint Esprit on the north side and the Bourbon, Elisabeth, and Wallis forts, on the south side. Because of this, it never became developed like the Alzette Valley. After the fortress was dismantled, the valley became a park.


We stopped for a few pictures near the Passerelle and found an unusual sight.

History through architecture
There was a small train set up and man was conducting the train around it’s track. He was offering free rides around its course….too cute.


Beneath the menacing round outworks of the Saint Esprit citadel, where the waters of the Petrusse join those of the Alzette, a vividly painted 18th century house marks the entry into the lower town.


We started up the stairs to the upper city. In this area the houses and shops of the craftsmen and merchants of the very steep Montee du Grund date fromteh 18th and 19th centuries. They are much more modest than those of the upper town and were also gloomy and often damp and unhealthy.


The view of Grund from the upper terrace looks like a museum collection of colorful historical buildings and churches along the banks of the Alzette.

Ancient house owner with a hobby of Roman artifacts


The walk to the town center revealed many interesting sights, including the corner of a house that has a Roman frieze built into it as the owner was a fan or roman artifacts.


We reached an open square with a statue of a lady. This duchess reigned from 1919 to 1964 and was one of the best loved and admired leaders of the country. She stands, surrounded by government buildings and the Our Lady cathedral. The memorial has inscribed 'Mir hun lech gaĂ«r' which means: we love you. It is a tribute from the Luxemburger people to the Grand Duchess.  


We went to the tourism office and joined our tour.

The Roman passage - Fish Market
We had about 20 people from various parts of the globe.


We started at the Palace, which is also the city residence, the office of the head of state, and also used for receptions during official visits. It’s not the official residence of the Grand Ducal Family. They reside in the Chateau of Colimar-berg 25 miles north.


Next we went through the “Fish Market”. As the former crossroads between two Roman roads, it is the historical centre of the Old Town. The first markets took place here, on the forecourt of the castles of the Dukes. At the time, the original inhabitants went about their business here, had their social contacts in these narrow lanes surrounding the old market, also called cheese market. Generally speaking, the buildings lining the square are of great historical value.There are even ancient mosaics of fish in the passage.


We reach another vantage point, one special to the city.

Tiny streets everywhere
In 1963 the Municipal Authorities and the State decided to set up a monument at Montée de Clausen at the Bock Promontory to celebrate the millennium of the capital. During the works in progress, the foundation walls of the first stronghold of Count Siegfried of Ardenne, were uncovered. Consequently the original plans for the monument were discarded to the benefit of a partial reconstruction as well as a completion of the foundation walls. Since then the restored Bock Plateau has attracted visitors, bearing the name of Monument of the Millennium of the City of Luxembourg.


More views of Grund and Neumunster Abey, which serverd as a religious institution, a hospital and a prison before being renovated and now is used as a cultural center. That day one of the political parties was having a gathering with music and food…very festive.


I could also see a gathering of pigeons eating …something.

These pigeons are eating feed that makes them sterile to control the population
The guide told us that that location was where “special” food was placed that sterized the birds and controlled the population. Isn’t that amazing.


The Grand Duchess Charlotte Bridge “Red Bridge” ��" in the vernacular ��" connects the city centre to the European quarter on the Kirchberg Plateau, crossing the Pfaffenthal 74 metres above the Alzette. Even though it’s modern, it is very sleek and works with the surroundings.


We entered the Bock Casemates, what is left of them. The first underground tunnels were built in 1644, in the era of the Spanish domination. The 23-kilometre long galleries were enlarged only 40 years later by Vauban, the French military engineer and fortress builder, and in the eighteenth century by the Austrians. The subterranean defensive passages were placed on different levels and reached down as far as 40 metres. It is these impressive defence works that conferred Luxembourg the name of “Gibraltar of the North”.

A monastary, now a polital/cultural center

After the dismantling of the fortress in 1867, 17 kilometres of the casemates were spared, left in good condition. Since 1933 the Bock and PĂ©trusse casemates have been open to the public. The fortress ramparts and the historically impressive Old Town enjoy international reputation: in 1994 UNESCO listed them as World Heritage.


We climbed downt the outer wall and crossed the bridge to the Abbey and walked through the political “party”. We toured the Abbey’s musem and then continued on our way back to the center.


We left our group and thanked the guide for the great tour. We were walking the palace and there was a large crowd standing around. As a large Rolls-Royce approached, we recognized the occupants, Beatix, the Queen of Nederlands and Princess Maxima. How ironic it was that we would travel away for her birthday and run into her. I think it was meant to be.

Oh look, it's Beatrix, the Queen of Nederlands!


In a different square on our way back to the hotel, We stopped for a classical concert in progress. There was a full orchestra and they were fantastic. As I love classical music, I am always excited to find it, out and about.

The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin was closed but, we walked around it’s grounds and captured the views available. It was Originally a Jesuit church, the foundation stone of which was laid in 1613.

It is a remarkable instance of late Gothic style, revealing various components and ornaments inspired by Renaissance style. At the end of the 18th century it adopted the picture of the Lady Comforter of the Afflicted, who had the power to work miracles, and who ws the patron saint of the city and the country. 50 years later it was consecrated Saint Mary's church and in 1870 Pope Pius IX dedicated the cathedral to the Blessed Virgin.

Sunset over the valley

We stopped at Constitution Square to see the column…..but, something was wrong. The angel holding a wreath statue on top…..was missing. ???

The sun was beginning to set and as a rainbow of colors spread across the sky and highlighted the clouds, we walked along the rim, above the valley. We reached the bridge and returned along the Avenue de Liberte, to our hotel.

 It had been an eventful day, I had made it through with the help of meds. Luxembourg is a comfortable and quaint, a lovely place to be.

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Walking in the valley with the via…
Walking in the valley with the vi…
The little engineer
The little engineer
History through architecture
History through architecture
Ancient house owner with a hobby o…
Ancient house owner with a hobby …
The Roman passage - Fish Market
The Roman passage - Fish Market
Tiny streets everywhere
Tiny streets everywhere
These pigeons are eating feed that…
These pigeons are eating feed tha…
A monastary, now a polital/cultura…
A monastary, now a polital/cultur…
Oh look, its Beatrix, the Queen o…
Oh look, it's Beatrix, the Queen …
Sunset over the valley
Sunset over the valley
photo by: Vikram