Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Sorry I have been so behind in my posts! So much has been going on, its been hard to keep up! I do have some down time now so I am going to try and catch up with some posts this week!

Back in March, Lyssa, Tim, and I went to the capital of Luxembourg which also happens to be called Luxembourg! It is a very small country situated in between France and Germany. They speak French there as well. Did you know that it is very confusing to go from learning German and hearing German spoke all the time to all of a sudden hearing French everywhere?! It is very confusing!!

Anyways, the main attraction in Luxembourg is the old fortress called the Bock Casements built in 1644. It's 14 miles long and up to 131 feet deep in places and it is built entirely out of stone!

This is one of the MANY tight and steep spiral staircases that leads up from the crypt.

Picture of the outside of the fortress

A large section of the fortress

One of the remaining towers.
There is also a Roman Aqueduct that has been rebuilt and is still in use today as a train bridge.

There is also a "modern" castle. It was built in the late 1700's and is still the site of the country's government offices. There is a guard on duty at all times pacing back and forth marking off the time. It's kind of fun to watch! Below are some pictures of the castle that I was able to get before we had to leave!

The Royal Crest

I just love the detail carved into the walls! This is only a minor part of it and the building is covered in it!
Along with the castle and fort there was an open air market where people were selling fresh veggies, fruit, meats and cheeses, and my favorite, wine! One thing that we didn't get to see was the butterfly garden. It was closed for the winter, but I am planning on going back. Overall we had a good time and it's definatly a place worth visiting!

1 comment:

  1. I always wanted to go to Luxembourg. It is supposed to be beautiful in the summer.