Friday, November 29, 2013

Luxemburg, Nov, 2013

After 4 days in Paris, we took a long bus drive to where the Viking Prestige river cruise ship was docked. But before that, we stopped in Luxemburg (Luxembourg) and they gave us a tour there. The trees were so colorful all along the way.

The bus was very comfortable. It even has a sun roof, never seen one in a bus before.
We finally arrived in Luxemburg! Luxemburg is a very progressive country, very small but beautiful. Their main industry is banking, very profitable that their citizens do not work, they just collect an allowance. Immigrants do the work. It is a very safe country too with zero crime, it reminds me of Monaco. What a relief after always being warned in Paris of pickpocketers.
The trees were really colorful, pictures do not do them justice.
The tour guide walked us to this building and told us we can go on our own so we can eat lunch and then we would meet again after an hour and a half in this place. John and I decided not to eat, we walked around instead.

What made the trip even more fun was that we were traveling with my 2 sisters, my cousin and her hubby, my nephew and his wife (not pictured) and some friends.
It was a Sunday so we went window shopping, literally. All the stores were closed except for 2 souvenir shops.

the palace on the left
John likes to have his picture taken by the guard.
  The parliament building, now called the Chambre des Députés, had the legislative power: it had the right to propose and amend laws. It would decide the budget, received the power to investigate. The government became accountable to the Chamber.

Luxemburg's Notre Dame Cathedral. The first stone of the church was laid on 7 May 1613.

Passerelle, Luxemburg's viaduct with a breathtaking view. It dates back to 1861 when the old city fortress was still standing.

After touring the city, they took us to the American Cemetery and Memorial.
At the bottom right of the mosaic are my sisters and me.
This is where General Patton is buried.
After Luxemburg, the bus took us to another long trip, to Bernkastel in Germany, where the ship was docked and that will be my next post for "Oh the Places I've Been" for next week.
Thank you so much for stopping by and thanks a lot to the hostesses.
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