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Sightseeing Luxembourg – Day 45

24 November 2009 No Comment

Monday 14th September 2009 – Luxembourg

At around 5:30 this morning people started to get up in the dorm room, one after the other. The clattering of cases, the rustling of bags and the constant sound of zips on cases, as well as the odd item dropped onto the hard floor every now and then, all ensured that I didn’t get back to sleep again. So effectively I woke at 5:30. At 8:00 I got up properly, showered and had breakfast, after which I set out to see the sights.

Most of what there was to see was around one area, but it was very hilly, and the light rain on the sloping cobbled streets made it slightly harder work. The main city of Luxembourg is built in valleys created by two joining rivers. There is evidence everywhere of an ancient defence system, with castle walls, although very worn, appearing in and around the city. As my guide book says, it is a very dramatically sited city.

I bought a ticket to the underground fortresses, (Casement du Bock), which is a network of tunnels and lookout posts used in the defence of the city. It is quite interesting. Next, I walked to a couple of the cities cathedrals, and beyond, in search of anything of interest. Unfortunately, the weather today was very overcast, and frequent light showers wetted my head.

Afterwards, I came back to the hostel to use the wireless Internet, but unfortunately they were having problems with it, and I was only able to get around 30 mins on it, and this was spent trying to sort out the next few days. I needed to book a train and hostel for my next place, but had no luck. I decided I needed to go to the station and try to sort it there. So I took the 1 hour walk to the station and back, and brought back with me a timetable for Munich in Germany. Being 120 Euros and taking the best part of a day to get there, it was suddenly looking less appealing going to Munich. So I spent the afternoon going over some routes, and coming up with a plan.

I had a little plan at this point, and went to reception for a 30 minute stint on the wireless Internet, to put the plan into action, but as is the way, there were problems. By this point both hostels in Strasbourg were booked for the next night, one was free the following night but it meant staying here for another night, but they also were fully booked. The girl phoned the next hostel in Luxembourg for me to book a place, but it meant taking a bus tomorrow to get to it, then a bus back the following day, and a long walk to the station. I also had a long walk waiting for me at Strasbourg to get to the hostel, unless I just get the bus again. I took the opportunity to book the next 3 nights as I wanted to be sure I had somewhere to go. There is such a lot of planning involved this time around.

I came back to the room for a rest before dinner, then went down with the Japanese guy. The meal was really nice again, and the service was second to none. These people are great, and I would definitely recommend coming here to anyone.

After the meal I just relaxed in the room, contemplating my next few days, but looking forward to it at the same time.

Click here to view more pictures from today, and throughout my trip around Luxembourg

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