Spring Break has sprung and I have spent the past two days in the luxurious city of Luxembourg. Okay guys, I know I say everything is my favourite, but this place truly is my favourite. The people have been so incredibly friendly and helpful and the city is just stunning.
I began my journey yesterday morning in Reims, where I took a quick (like 8 minute train) to the Champagne-Ardenne Station. I then took a bus through the French countryside to Metz, which I didn’t have much time to explore but it looks amazing! What I did see of Metz, i.e. the waiting room at the station, was beautiful and smelt like Hong Kong; specifically the hotel I was staying in when I received my year twelve grades. #funmemories
My menu for these past days has been a little less healthy than I would typically go for- but it is the holidays I guess! So yesterday’s late breakfast/early lunch in Metz was some madeleines (like little cakes), orange juice and crisps.
After Metz I took a 45-minute train to Luxembourg. It was lovely on arrival, quite sunny and with a friendly atmosphere that struck me immediately. I did spend about 2 hours trying to find the hostel thanks to my questionable navigating skills. But this only served to make me some Luxembourger friends and see a couple of the sights.
Shout out to the dozen or so people that helped me on my trek, particular mention must go to the lady who walked me all the way to the Tourism Office while asking me questions about Australia.
I finally found my hostel in the valley below the Bock Casemates– A must see! And what a place awaited me. For anyone considering coming to Luxembourg I would highly recommend this hostel. The staff have been so friendly, it’s super safe and I was able to get a really good deal. Plus you’re surrounded by the stunning scenery of Luxembourg. No downsides.
After a little settling in I went out to explore some more. After around an hour wandering the city I popped into a lovely restaurant called El Companēro in the îlot gastronomique, or gourmet islet, of Luxembourg. This islet also happens to be right next to the Palais Grand-Ducal. Didn’t realise this till I asked about the pretty building across the road. Cue freaking out. You know me, always smooth af.
I worked on some writing in the café, chatting with the bar staff about their favourite writers, until the dinner service started. Because of my fairly minimal dining earlier in the day, I did go all out, so please don’t judge me! As an entrée I had carrot and walnut salad with quesadillas. These quesadillas had a Luxembourgish touch, being made from goat’s cheese (my bae) and honey. I followed this up with a massive dish, about as big as my head, of creamy pasta. So much food was consumed but totally worth it!!!
Once I was well and truly stuffed with delicious goodness, and had been told I was going to be a famous writer one day by the barmen, I made, what I thought was, my way home. Alas, I will never be a famous navigator because I managed to end up on the other side of town.
Day two involved me getting lost a lot less which was a welcome change. I started out the day pretty early at the Musée d’Histoire de la Ville. It was a fascinating dive into the history of the small country about which, until this morning, I must confess I was fairly ignorant. It had sections devoted to everything from the environment to technological modernization, to the evolution of the monarchy. Really an enjoyable visit!
I wandered around the city for quite a while following this. Visiting the Monument of Remembrance, Cathédrale Notre-Dame, a few book shops, the Valleé de la Pétrusse, and the Judicial Buildings of Luxembourg. It is honestly one of the most incredible cities I’ve ever visited and, with its adorable yellow phone boxes and a lovely friendly feel to it, I know I’ll be back. The landscape alone, without the various landmarks, is spectacular. With multiple levels, you’ll have a few steep inclines but they’re very worth the effort.
Back at the hostel I just ate my lunch in the canteen. Iced tea, hot chocolate and a massive bowl of chips was my lunch, so obviously the “it’s the holidays” excuse from yesterday is holding.
Then tonight I went to see a film called Demolition as part of Luxembourg City Film Festival. It stars Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal so it was in English, but with French and German subtitles. I thought the film was excellent, darkly humorous, but also life-affirming, and I mean Jake Gyllenhaal?
I then, continuing with the culinary theme of the weekend, went to MacDonalds. I managed to find a quinoa and vegetable burger, which I must say was pretty impressive. Made slightly redundant by coke, fries and chocolate-cherry pie but it was an attempt.
Anyway, I have now returned to my humble abode and am doing some readings for uni. I best be off as I’m training to Paris tomorrow morning but sweet dreams my lovely readers! I hope wherever you are you’ve had a lovely weekend! To keep updated on my Spring Break Adventures return to girlandsuitcase.com on Thursday for my next post.