What to say about Luxembourg...well, it was grey. And rainy. But somehow we managed to bump into the Grand Duke which made for an interesting morning.
Luxembourg is one of those destinations that is lovely to visit, but only for a few days at most. It's a very small city, and country. The architecture is gorgeous and it's a quirkily little city full of cobblestone streets and random shops.
As we strolled past the Palais Grand Ducal (where the Duke lives), a police convoy pulled up and out popped the Duke into his Rolls Royce. I had to laugh because I seem to be accumulating sightings of heads of states/countries during my travels like seeing the Pope in Rome and that random time I met Tony Blair on a plane in Africa.
Sadly, the Grand Duke was not nearly as friendly as Prime Minister Blair. He couldn't even muster up a mutual wave to his handful of admirers. Maybe he hadn't had his coffee yet...
After walking 6 solid miles (Fitbit!), we decided to rest our toes at Chocolate House. Have you ever heard of a 'ChocoSpoon'? Such a fun concept. You choose one of these flavored cubes of chocolate with a wooden spoon attached, sit down at a table and order a hot milk and then stir your chocospoon in the milk until it melts! Yum.
A few fun facts about Luxembourg
- Luxembourg is the least populated country in the European Union and 20th smallest country in the world.
- It has the highest GDP in the world.
- Skype's world headquarters is in Luxembourg City.
- The only remaining 'Grand Duchy' in the world...meaning that the head of state is a monarch, in this case, a Grand Duke who seemed a little grumpy in my opinion
- Luxembourg country is smaller than Rhode Island, the smallest state in the US.
Less than 24 hours after I had arrived in Luxembourg I was on a train to Paris in what turned out to be one of the worst train journeys of my life...