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Published: June 30th 2017
Off to a leisurely start, just waited for a shower to pass before heading to bus stop a couple of minutes from the campsite. Took little umbrella but no coats.
Caught our 192 bus into Luxembour centre for €2 each and got off at Minelius. Not the best spot to be introduced to the city as this is a massive building project (36,000 square metre structure will be a mixed use building
). We found quite a lot of construction work in other areas too, the viaduct has a major project in progress, Road behind the Cathedral was completely dug up and we despaired for a while of finding a view not hidden by scaffolding or cranes.
Must have caught it on a bad month, as we are sure that once all the scaffolding has gone it will all be lovely.
We did find lots of places well worth a viewing and unimpaired by scaffolds. The Corniche path view down to the Grund is spectacular and we took the Pfaffenthal lift down to the 'ground level' and also at a later point in our meanderings found a lift hidden away near to the Natural History Museum (formerly a hospice)
which took us back to the top to the impressive and modern Judiciary building area from the Grund.
This city is a very odd ‘shape’ and we had trouble getting our heads round it. Seems to be built round a massive chasm which has a very small river running through it. We lost our direction several times as the map couldn’t show us what was at the top of the chasm and what at the bottom ! My photographs show the levels I hope. Views from the top to the bottom, from the bottom to the top and on the level, at the top and at the bottom. Hope this doesn't leave you as confused as it left us !
We visited and admired the lovely cathedral and popped into another couple of churches too.
This city is very much a mix of old and new. The new is generally very shiny and clean and modern. There is a heavy use of concrete in the older buildings and the most scenic views are definitely at the bottom where the buildings reflect in the water of the river. We were rather put out by quite a lot of
graffiti we found on buildings right next to the Ducal Palace. Sometimes graffiti is ok in its place but this was not one of them.
Must apologise if my descriptions of the various parts of the city are a little disjointed but so was our route round it. I felt we could have made good use of one of those 'walking route' maps to lead us a more logical way round.
Stopped for lunch in a square behind the cathedral and then wandered some more. Had to take shelter a couple of times as showers were short, soon passed over but heavy while they lasted. Very odd weather at the moment. Sky goes black, it rains for a few minutes then sky goes blue again. Umbrella did come in handy.
After a walk across one of the bridges then down to the river we found our way back up to the top and back to the bus stop, via a brief rest at a coffee shop, having walked quite far enough for one day.
Back to the campsite and our first change of plan as next campsite has only use of leisure centre swimming pool and
I really would like a proper swim for last few days of the trip. After fighting the campsites wifi, which is pretty awful 7 – 10pm, but brilliant the rest of the time; I found us a different place to head for, so now on Plan B.
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