Luxembourg – Day 18

11 Jul

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

The plan was to be up and ready to leave for Luxembourg at 8:00am this morning . Then, on account that neither of us really felt that motivated, we decided that 9:00am was a more appealing plan of action. However, when we woke up this morning, we ditched the plan all together and just decided to get there when we get there.  It was only a short while after 9:00am that we left anyways and probably would have left sooner if we had not taken the time to put together a “care package” for Don. He has been feeling so tired and miserable lately that he could not make the trip with us. He felt bad, and we felt bad, so we gathered some Craisins, Chicken Soup, Anchovies, and of course, Happy Hippos 🙂 (most of which came out of the kitchen cupboard) and picked out a card at the Praktiker store where we bought some light bulbs yesterday. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite make out the German on the card selection they had, so we just figured that seashells and an Albert Einstein quote (that was in German) looked like the closest thing to a sympathy/get well card.

Zum Geburtstag die besten Wünsche

“Das Schönste,

was wir erleben konnen,

ist das Geheimnisvolle.”      – Albert Einstein

When we got home, however, with the help of my German dictionary and Google Translate, we deciphered the mystery card!

Best Birthday Wishes

“The most beautiful thing,

we can experience,

is the mysterious.”           – Albert Einstein

Not quite what we had hoped for, but it got the job done. However, the mysterious infection on Don’s tummy did not turn out to be the most beautiful thing he has experienced as we found out later today that it is Lyme Disease. 😦 Please continue to keep him in your prayers as he is very tired and very sore.

It took us around 2 hours to find Esch/Alzette in Luxembourg. The village where our volksmarch was to be held. This was one like we had never been to before. It was held at what could be comparable to one of our state hospitals. They were having a festival! They were selling things and there was plenty to eat and for some, to drink. There was a tent with live music some of them danced to. We left for our walk right away  though and hoped to get back while the festival was still going on. This walk had to be one of my favorites yet. It was meadow, not field, and some forest, but it was still so very different from anything else I’ve walked. Turns out, part of it was hit by a meteor shower. It was wonderful! It’s landscape reminded me of Colorado and Sibley State Park.. 🙂

We finished in plenty of time to enjoy some more of the festival. We got our cards stamped and then sat down in the shade before getting some food when a cross-dresser started playing the horn. He played so well that people stopped to watch him! I think Donna got him on video. 🙂 We got the classic brat and fries and some kind of meat with a bone in it on bread. All in all it was pretty darn good. We sat shaded in the tent and listened to the horn playing cross-dresser serenade some more of the people while we ate. When we finished, we walked down to the car and pulled out some Happy Hippos 🙂 However, Happy Hippos don’t do well in heat, and so my Happy Hippo happied all over my hand…Luckily, Donna had wet wipes 🙂

We started for our hotel in Howald, Luxembourg. Very close to Luxembourg City. In fact I’d say they were pretty much connected. I suppose you could just call it a suburb then.. Although, Nancy, our not so reliable guide would not show us where to go. We almost gave her the boot and called Don when she relented and the little highlighted road appeared. It was not such a long drive from where we were. Our hotel was charming. As was the young man working there. 🙂  It was a family run hotel with only 10 rooms, all very different and homely. Our room happened to have a balcony.  It was worn, but it was perfect. 🙂 We got checked in and met the owner, the nicest lady we could have possibly asked for, she was just the sweetest thing. We brought our bags up to our room and then we started walking to downtown Luxembourg City.

We walked downtown through the shopping streets and spent a few hours in and out of stores before we returned to the hotel for supper. The hotel had a restaurant downstairs. Just a small dining area but it was also charming. The menu was all in French but the waitress, also the owner, sweet as she is, translated for us. So I had the best piece of beef covered in mushrooms with little tiny potato things and cooked vegetables.. One of my favorite meals here so far. When we made it back up to our room again we spent some time just chatting, then reading, and then off to bed! It has been the most wonderful day! Excited to see some more tomorrow 🙂

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