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5 reasons to discover Luxembourg now!

Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxembourg Grund

Summer has passed so quickly and it’s a pleasure to welcome you back after the holidays with some more pictures of my travels around Europe.

A business opportunity brought us to Luxembourg and we have been able to enjoy a fantastic summer surrounded by new landscapes that I wanted to show everyone. So here are 5 reasons to visit Luxembourg and maybe surprise yourself!

1- Summer is nice and sunny

Luxembourg is not a year-round warm country, but its continental climate offers a good choice for summer weather while being really reasonnable regarding its European neighbors.

This Summer most of the days were around 25 degrees with nights around 15 mainly due to the forests surrounding its capital and main towns. Temperatures feel really comfortable, bringing enjoyment to outdoors activities. Even on cloudy days, a good walk is always pleasant.

Luxembourg can be easily accessed by road, train or plane and its national airline Luxair, is well known for its quality and punctuality. And it is always good to remember, from the 1st of March 2020, all public transport will be totally free in Luxembourg.

2- Its capital is either buzzling or peaceful and cosy

Luxembourg city has very different neighborhoods, either very international and busy around the main station (Gare) or the business area of Kirchberg or more quiet and very close to the nature, like the Grund. It’s a city of contrasts.

The heart of the city is the Ville Basse, the lower level of the city. It’s a scenic and picturesque area, with plenty of green areas and preserved buildings and structures from medieval times, such as the Bock Casemates, a group of tunnels and galleries build in 1644 during the Spanish domination to serve as defensive passages.

The welcoming Abbaye of Neumünster (in the Grund, ville basse) is one of our favorite places in the city and is a great place to unwind and walk during the long summer evenings.

Some great restaurants offering international cuisine are also located in the area of Clausen (ville basse) and are to be discovered.

The Ville Haute, higher level of the city, is where all the buzz happens. From the historical city centre with its squares (place Guillaume and place D’Armes) and the Palais Grand-Ducal, to Kirchberg, business area of the city with great options of entertainment (MUDAM – Modern Art Museum, and the Philharmonie).

3- Its community is vibrant with exciting activities

Luxembourg is a small country where most of the international communities are represented to offer a unique and amazing opportunity to meet the world.

The Schueberfouer, yearly funfair happening early September is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the town and its diverse community around the ferris wheel and its numerous attractions. It also counts with a great deal of typical food such as the Gromperekichelcher (Luxembourgish potato fritters), and stands selling souveniers and interesting objects.

Located on the Place du Glacis, its attractions offer amazing photos like the one below.

4- Its landscapes are breathtaking

Leaving the city to the North of the country, numerous castles can be visited like the one of Bourscheid pictured below.

The beautiful region around Esch-sur-Sûre offers to the visitors gourmet cuisine and tremendous views on the river Sûre and the forests surrounding it.

5- Its towns are full of colours and history

Leaving the region of La Sûre, it’s worth driving East to the Mullerthal, its beautiful waterfalls, its long trails into the woods and the town of Echternach.

Located at the border of Germany and home a very well known festivals and religious processions, it’s for sure a very well spent Sunday in one of the most traditional towns in Luxembourg.

Those pictures are only a few taken over the summer of beautiful Luxembourg. Other locations worth visiting are Vianden and the iconic castle, or Remich and its vineyards close to the Moselle river.

Different websites are also easily accessible for more ideas and information like Visit Luxembourg, Luxembourg City Tourist Office or the official website of the City of Luxembourg.

And you, have you already visited Luxembourg? Are you planning to do so? Let me know your thoughts and happy to help you create your journey around Luxembourg.

Did you like the pictures? All credit goes to my better half Marcela Hernoux. You can check her work on www.marcelahernouxphotography.com

10 wonderful places to discover

From the time I have started this blog, I try to promote my thoughts for a better world.

Thinking, debating, offering ideas is key to build better lives for our families and the people we love.

Travelling is one of the best ways to open our minds and understand how others do things. It triggers our curiosity and enhances the respect we need to have for each other.

Over the last 10 years, I had numerous occasions to travel and to discover great places around the globe where I like to go relax, think and spend some good time.

Today I’d like to share a few spots that have inspired me to look at the world, understand and appreciate the beauty of it. Some of them are also not very obvious choices and can definitely amaze visitors. Let’s not wait, here are 10 places you need to discover soon!

Ireland

Ireland has fantastic sceneries and has been home for 10 years in my life. While Dublin City centre, the Guinness factory or the Cliffs of Moher are something to see, here are three places to enjoy aside from the crowd.

Dún Laoghaire is a town located at 20min in the South of Dublin and home to a lovely harbour and a couple of old Piers. Walking at the end of the day on one of them can offer you sceneries like below. Where? https://goo.gl/maps/qetaVzb8FFo2xDRq6

East Pier, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

Slightly further South, Vico Road offers a splendid view on all the South Coast of Dublin up the towns of Bray and Greystones. You can go on foot from Dún Laoghaire, use the DART or the car to Killiney. Where? https://goo.gl/maps/BK3kiSiDmD62LCHe7

Vico Road, Killiney Hill, Dublin, Ireland

Forget about Dublin, head down to Cork and its beautiful English Market. Take the car and go to Kinsale for some fresh fish at the Bulman. Once done, drive to the extreme South and the Downmacpatrick Old Head. Stop before the private Golf Club and admire the landscape both on your left or on your right. Where? https://goo.gl/maps/vSs2nBc559p2KMm67

The Old Head of Kinsale, Cork, Ireland

Portugal

Portugal is a gem in Europe with one of the nicest food and landscapes in Europe. Starting in Lisbon, take the end of the day to go and admire the sunset from Miradouro da Graça. The light on the bridge reflecting all over the city is a perfect time for the shot of the day. Where? https://goo.gl/maps/V184Rz3NpXcsZDS8A

Miradouro da Graça, Lisbon, Portugal

Leaving the city and driving North to the region of Leiria, take some time to lose yourself in the beautiful streets of Torres Vedras. Admire the blue sky and the sun reflecting on the tiles after a good lunch in town… Where? https://goo.gl/maps/cBW4y6C7ujELhp8K8

Torres Vedras, Portugal

At the West of Lisbon, Cascais is a must-see town close to the ocean. Go for a stroll on the harbour to get a bit of quietness from the tourists and enjoy the view. Best of all, the picture was taken in February 🙂 Where? https://goo.gl/maps/Gqzv2qvj9Vodar3v8

Cascais, Portugal

Before leaving Portugal for another destination, just take one of the fast ALFA and nonetheless cheap trains to go to Porto. Spend a few days in town and cross the Dom Luis Bridge a few times to admire both sides of the city from it… Where? https://goo.gl/maps/6xb6Uvm8yaFGgVfX7

Ponte de Dom Luís I, Porto, Portugal

France

Plenty of pictures can describe France from the Eiffel tower, one of its famous monuments. Just for a change, I bring you to the Alps and Le Grand Bornand, close to Annecy. Fantastic mountain village, you will be able to eat good food, plenty of cheese and also admire la Chaine de Aravis.. Where? https://goo.gl/maps/7gUZvdJq2KMU6FDE7

Le Grand Bornand, France

Spain

What about a weekend in Spain and sunny Catalonia? Take some time to visit the Parc Guëll and admire some of the nicest views of the city. Be ready for a bit of hilly walk but the reward is definitely worth it! Where? https://goo.gl/maps/GVhCw2zp6dwteQpm7

Parc Güell, Barcelona, Spain

Arizona

Last but not least, let me share with you, one of my favourite pictures of 2013 and a trip to Phoenix in Arizona (US). This is not the closest place to Europe and not the most known in America but I highly recommend it. People are very nice and food very tasty as well 🙂

Phoenix, Arizona (US)

Do you also love travelling? Do you enjoy taking pictures? Feel free to drop me a line or comment on this article. I would love to publish more during the summer among other more academic articles.

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