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Train from Luxembourg to Strasbourg

Day 3 of 365days2play’s Honeymoon in Luxembourg, Germany & France

After 2 days in Luxembourg, we had to tear our thoughts away from Luxembourg and move ahead with the rest of our trip. How I wish we had more time to spend in Luxembourg. The city is so compact and pretty. Luxembourg city isn’t huge like London or Paris, and it certainly doesn’t have the grand imposing palatial buildings celebrating past glories, but Luxembourg exudes quiet charm in its own special way. I have a bad habit of dwelling too much on what has past. I feel melancholic that it’s over, and I need quite some effort to remind myself that the rest of the trip awaits me, and that it could actually quite possibly be even more exciting!

So, to get to my next destination, which was to be Strasbourg, we had to take the TGV again. Unlike the train from Paris to Luxembourg, this train reminded me very much of Harry Potter!

Train from Luxembourg to Strasbourg (3)

I’ve taken a few train rides during my travels in Europe, eg London to Bath and Bristol, Norway’s Flam to Oslo, but I’ve never actually been in a train where I have my own cabin! Tell me it’s not like how you envision the Famous Five from Enid Blyton to have travelled during their time?? I was so excited to be in a quaint cabin like this I took many photos, hopping in and out of the train as well!

Train from Luxembourg to Strasbourg (7)

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The Albert Premier – Luxembourg

Day 1 of 365days2play’s Honeymoon in Luxembourg, Germany & France

The Albert Premier Luxembourg (17)

Luxembourg was our official first stop in our 14 day trip through Luxembourg, Germany and France. We made the conscious decision that we were not going to stick to just the mega cities like London and Paris, and that we wanted to be able to experience “country living”. After massive planning, we came up with this very unique itinerary of first arriving in Paris via Singapore Airlines, followed by taking the TGV train to Luxembourg (part journey by coach), taking another train to Strasbourg before collecting our car and travelling to Hornbach (Germany), Alsace, Burgundy and Lyon.

I am quite confident in saying that few Singaporeans have visited these areas that I have mentioned because I hardly saw a Chinese person in those areas, let alone a Singaporean. So if you’re planning to go somewhere to escape the Singaporean crowd, try Luxembourg and Alsace!

While walking the streets of Luxembourg, I suddenly bumped into a hoard of Chinese tourists, probably the only Asians I saw in my 2 days in Luxembourg. They were all so happy to be able to finally have dinner at the Chinese restaurant. I have to admit there’s just nothing quite like having comforting food that you are familiar with, especially if everything else has been so foreign the entire day.

Luxembourg is a lovely little city. The country is only about 3 times bigger than Singapore, but has only a population of 524,853 (as of October 2012). You can read more about Luxembourg in my previous post. I loved that Luxembourg was my 1st stop in my European trip because it is such a relaxing and pretty city to be in. I love city centres which are cordoned off from traffic so that pedestrians can wander the streets easily. Did you know, the official country motto for Luxembourg is “We want to remain what we are”. It’s admirable that there can be a country brave enough to recognise that maintaining its heritage and culture is as important as building a better economy. Despite the motto, Luxembourg is one of the richest countries in the world. Contrast that to Singapore’s motto, which is Majulah Singapura, aka Onward Singapore.

Things are not particularly expensive too. I had the best steak tartare sandwich of my life in Luxembourg, from a cafe costing just 5 Euros! Be warned though, that Steak tartare is referred to as steak à l’Americaine over there. I didn’t even know it was Steak tartare, and ate it 6 hours later. It was so delicious I decided to risk any possible stomach upset, but luckily all was fine.

The Albert Premier Luxembourg (2)

Lobby Lounge of the Albert Premier Hotel

We stayed at the Albert Premier for the 2 nights that we were in Luxembourg, courtesy of the Albert Premier and Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The Albert Premier is a nifty little boutique hotel providing 40 elegant rooms and suites, fine dining in our gourmet restaurant, a library and a fitness and steam room. The hotel is located just off a main road, but we weren’t disturbed by noise at all. The hotel is about 10 minutes walk away from the heart of Luxembourg City. Along the way on avenue Monterey , you will pass a park, which has a huge playground with a Viking Ship! If you have children, you must make this a visit! I’m sure the kids will absolutely adore the place! Just across the street from the hotel is a small supermarket chain called the Alima, should you need anything. As with all hotels that we stayed during our trip, WIFI is free! Get your coupon

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Quick guide to Luxembourg

Day 1 & 2 of 365days2play’s Honeymoon in Luxembourg, Germany & France

Greetings everyone! I’m currently touring Europe with the Partner for our Honeymoon. Specifically, we will be travelling mostly in France, with 2 days spent in Luxembourg and one lovely day in Germany. Even though we are spending only 1 official day in Germany, the strange thing is that because we will be doing some travelling in the Alsace region of France, it still feels like we are in Germany! The architecture of the buildings here are very German, as this place was under German rule for many years.

I’m currently in Germany as I write this, and we have already covered Luxembourg and Strasbourg. Luxembourg is a lovely country, and very small just like Singapore. Its population is just over 500k, and I was told that 150k people travel into Luxembourg on a daily basis just for work!

What amazes me the most is that citizens of Luxembourg are required to learn 3 languages, ie French, German and Luxembourgish. And we complain about having to learn Mandarin… In fact, in my 4 days in Europe so far, all the people I have met know at least a bit of English. I was hoping to be able to use my extremely limited French and German vocabulary, but because the people I have had to speak to have a better command of English (even if it is very bad), than my command of French and German, that it’s just more efficient to speak in English.

Anyway, here are some quick pictures of Luxembourg City. Will try to write more in the next few days while the holiday mood is still strong! Oh one more thing, I would like to give a shout out to Small Luxury Hotels of the World as they are sponsoring my stay in Europe! Smile Smile

Grand Ducal Palace Luxembourg

Luxembourg - The Grund (2)

The Grund

Luxembourg City (1)

There’s always a McDonald’s in every city for the homesick…

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