Lately, day trips have become my favorite kinds of trips. After spending the last 3 years traveling all over Europe, I've learned taking the short and sweet approach to traveling can sometimes be more fun than a week-long vacation. Day trips are easy to plan, typically drivable (making them super cheap), and you can sleep in your own bed when it's all said and done. D and I have become master day-trippers, and one of our favorite cities just a 2 hour drive from home was Luxembourg City.
Luxembourg is a super small country bordered by Germany, France, and Belgium. We decided visiting its largest city (aptly named Luxembourg City) would give us the best taste for life in this landlocked country. Upon researching Luxembourg City, we discovered there wasn't a whole heck of a lot we were interested in doing there, but sometimes that's what draws me to a destination. When there is less to do, that means more time for leisurely walking, dining, and photo taking! It was nice to take our time wandering along Le Chemin de la Corniche (a promenade built on old ramparts--also known as "Europe's most beautiful balcony") to marvel at its beautiful vistas and it was great not feeling rushed while exploring the Casemates du Bock (a labyrinth of defensive passageways adjacent to the castle). We also enjoyed a steaming cup of homemade hot chocolate from the famed Chocolate House, a look inside the Notre Dame cathedral, watching the changing of the guards at the Palace of the Grand Dukes, and lunching on the weirdest "hamburger" we'd ever tried (the buns were potato rösti!) at a cafe on Rue Genistre. Proof that even in a city with limited sights, you can still have unique experiences you'll remember for a lifetime. Might I recommend visiting Luxembourg in the heart of autumn? The trees were just beginning to burst with new colors and the air was crisp enough to require a light jacket and scarf. Absolutely my favorite kind of sight-seeing weather! And while you're in town, make a stop at the Luxembourg American Cemetery located just a few miles outside of Luxembourg City. Unfortunately, we were unable to visit because it was closed during the government furlough this past September. If you're a military history buff, add it to your "must-see" list!
Oh! And FYI, if you're a Ladurée macaron lover like me, there's a shop in Luxembourg City just off of Rue Phillipe II. Go indulge!! :)