July 13, 2020

Belgium - At the lavender farm

If you live in Luxembourg, I would not recommend to visit just the lavender farm in Belgium, simply because it is too small and you might be a bit disappointed. BUT if you pair it with another thing to visit in that area or you are passing from the Netherlands as we had, the Limburg Lavendel Farm is a place where you can experience a bit of Provence (I know Provence is more than the lavender, don't even bother). 
The farm has 4 hectares (on paper), it has a shop from where you can buy everything lavender related, it has a coffee shop from where I recommend you try the lavender ice-cream and it has the field which is free to visit. By the time we arrived at the farm it was the middle of the day and everyone was more focused on looking for the shade of the trees and not pictures with the flowers, but nonetheless it was a nice experience. We ate an ice-cream, took some pictures and went on our way. The farm has an ample parking space which is as well free.

The farm also has a garden where you can explore other different types of lavender and one of those is this yellow lavender. I wonder if I could buy it from somewhere in Luxembourg and also if it survives here.
They also have small lavender plants to buy, but only the type from their field, not the ones in the garden.

Oh yes, there is also this weird sculpture, art of some sort, which frightened Luna and us with her. You will see a lot of sculptures in the garden and the lavender field, but they are more eye appealing than this one :)

And YES dogs are allowed on the farm/field, but on the leash. 

As usual you can find me on Instagram @mademoiselle.ralu

July 6, 2020

Luxembourg - Have you been to Gringlay?

Little by little we are re-starting to visit places, keeping in mind to stay in the area at least for a while. And as I was worrying there isn't a place in Luxembourg, we haven't yet checked out, I've discovered the Facebook page of An American in Luxembourg (I recommend you follow him if you live in Luxembourg). He visits the country by bicycle and discovers lesser known places and one of those places is Gringlay.
In Luxembourg, as little as it is, you have lakes (Echternach, Remerschen, Upper-Sure and Weiswampach) and you have a "mountain" area called the Luxembourg's Ardennes or √Čislek. It's the area where you have most of the Luxembourgish castles. Well in that area there is this Gringlay which is an overview point looking towards the Bourscheid Castle on the trail linking Ettelbruck to Bourscheid Mill.

To reach the viewpoint we put the coordinates (N49.915626° E6.091719°) on the GPS and it lead us to the town Lipperscheid where we parked the car in a hotel parking and continued on foot. You have to walk for a km or even more, but the trail is picturesque with wild flowers and at the time we went there with flowered bushes which smelled incredible. The trail is also accessible with a children's pram or a stroller from the village to the viewpoint, I don't know further, but it might be.

As a bonus if you go to the Camping Panorama in Bourscheid you will have another fantastic viewpoint over the castle. There just park the car and walk maybe 100 metres, but be civilised as there are people living close by and you might not want to disturb them.

I hope you liked my little recommendation and I'm waiting for your impressions of the place on Instagram @mademoiselle.ralu