The sun gods woke us up with a beautiful morning
today. After hoofing it back to our favorite bakery, we bought some more
pastries plus a baguette, some prosciutto, and some cheese (to make our own lunch).
On the way Jim was able to get some more pictures with morning sunlight.
Another treat was the produce and meat market set up on the square by the
Church of the Holy Blood.
Getting to Luxembourg involves going through
Brussels. Once there we could not find an information center, and once again we
stood around looking like deer in the headlights. I finally saw one train going
to “Bruxelles-Luxemburg.” Did that mean a train going from Brussels to
Luxembourg, or is there a train station in Brussels named Luxemburg? We went
down to the track and found a small control booth where a man told us the next
train was not going to Luxembourg, but there would be one on that track
in half an hour that would take us to Luxembourg (turns out there is a train
station named Luxemberg in Brussels). Each track has a marquis that will scroll
all the stops. The one for our train had four French words in front of
“Luxembourg.” I started wondering if it meant the train would split at one of
the stops and told Jim we needed to check with the conductor (many of whom
don’t speak much English). Fortunately ours spoke enough to tell us when we get
to the end of the line, we will have to transfer to another train.
We arrived in Luxembourg just before 1600, walked 150
meters to our hotel, checked in, a took off for a quick look. Unfortunately,
our weather luck has run out—light rain. We walked for about an hour, found the
TI, took in the beauty of the Grund (a beautiful tree filled gorge) and came
back to the room, hoping for better weather tomorrow.