March 26, 2021

Luxembourg - The Daffodil Forest in 2021

Two years ago when we first went to see Via Botanica, which starts in Lellingen, Luxembourg, I was certain we will revisit it after many more years as we have forests closer to us, equally as beautiful, maybe not with daffodils, but forests.

Two years on and a global pandemic (is this a pleonasm I wonder?) and we are revisiting anything we find in Luxembourg and around, because what else is there to do, where else to go? 

Turns out that everyone in Luxembourg had the same idea, on the same weekend, which was not a sunny one and the trail Via Botanica was more crowded than a shopping-mall. Two years ago we maybe met five people on the 8 long km trail, this year they were in the hundreds :( That is what you get when you cancel all the traditions and all the fairs and events in the city. People will still congregate and even in plain air, it will still become a crowd.

I am one of the people who followed the rules and, more importantly, agreed with them, but come one Luxyland get going with vaccinations, stop being so paranoiac and trust your people, organise well your events and get people the chance to get to a normal life.

Pandemic parenthesis closed, it did me a lot of good to go to that forest and enjoy the scenery and be with friends. Luna loved it more than us, I think, and Ilinca looked at everything and was curious, she fell asleep at some point, but stood awake at the daffodils part of the trail.

I will leave you with some pictures and so you know you maybe have two more weekends of daffodils in bloom in 2021.

OMG look at my face!!! and it wasn't because Luna is heavy :D 
That is what a couch potato looks like when it decides to walk for 8 km :D

Bonus: this was the sunset on that day. The picture is taken from the moving car, but you can see the beauty, can you?
That is it folks. As usual you can find me more on Instagram @mademoiselle.ralu

March 14, 2021

Luxembourg - Places to see this Spring

Ok boys and girls I am down. My social life is non existent, my routine is working and bringing then taking back my daughter from creche, the weather is a bit horrible after a week or so of hope for Spring, so my moral is so low that all I feel doing is sit in my pyjama and dream of better times. I say that has to end before I go cuckoo. As usual what helps me is looking back at all the adventures we did in Luxembourg and if it helped me to go take a shower, for sure it will help you too. So here it goes:

Via Botanica - The Daffodil Forest

I feel you can "visit" Via Botanica right about now as I've seen all the daffodils already in bloom in the city, just please behave and leave some flowers for others to see and enjoy.

I am so sick and tired of all the cool traditions being cancelled this year just because they cannot serve food or drinks, as if I personally would go to Nospelt or to the Ceramic Market in Luxembourg for the food. But it is what it is, Emaichen is cancelled this year too, so on the Easter Monday all there is left to do, is go and search for the peckvillecher you bought in 2019 and blow it. 

I've been meaning to do that since September, but I don't know what I'm waiting for. So basically, Kirchberg area is almost deserted on the weekend. There is some activity around Mudam, by the way if it is open go visit it, and the Philharmonie, but the rest I imagine it is empty, so you can social distance all you want there. Also in Kirchberg there are a lot of nice sculptures made by famous or not so famous contemporary artists. I particularly liked the Knotted Gun. Just click on the link and you will see why.  

Gringlay is a new addition to my liked areas of Luxembourg, in the sense I've discovered it in Autumn, but it is a nice walk with a beautiful finish. Of course you can continue the trail and report back to me where it leads to :) but even if you walk just up to the viewpoint, it is still something.  

Weather allowing as the trail was a bit muddy even when we went on it. But the whole Mullerthal Region is nice and worth a visit. It is nature, there are rock formation, a spring and a waterfall or two...what more do you want?

I see now that the common feature of all I'm suggesting is nature and walking outside, so on a day like today please search if the Cloche d'Or is open, but on any other day with a bit of sun and no rain, visit the Moselle Area. It is one of my favourite during Summer, but Spring will do just fine. Drive if you don't feel like biking and stop for picturesque pictures along the river in all the nice wine producing towns. No one will know if you leave with your boot filled with bottles :)

That is a bit later, but you can save the link and return to it all Spring. Cause what is Spring if not hope? Hope you will enjoy some blooms and fill your heart and soul with beauty. Go to a forest, they come back to life right about now, take a breath of fresh air even from your window, and already life will begin to colour.

A cheecky self promotion and a promise to dust off my Insta and this blog and find some time in my busy "sit and do nothing" schedule to actually follow my advice. Today is Bretzel Sunday or Bretzelsonndag so if you don't see a pretzel on my Insta by evening, it is a sign I've had a huge fight with my husband as I understand this year is the year he has to give me a pretzel :) don't know why, I just want one.

What no picture? I better go and find one. In the meantime, pop on Instagram as there are all the cool things happening. You will find me @mademoiselle.ralu