20140528 Brussels-Luxembourg City

0:05 Bed.

7:05 Up. The weather looked gloomy. Packed.

7:35 Checked out.

7:45 Started walking.

7:50 Bus stop.

7:52 Tram. I was going to pay, but then there were people standing in the way…

8:02 Train station.

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8:06 Asked about my pre-booked ticket at the ticket office.

8:10 Andrew was going to take Eurostar to London, so we said good-bye and parted.

8:13 Platform. I sat on a bench, but it was so high that my toes could not touch the ground.

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8:26 Train.

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8:33 Train started.

9:12 Ticket check. The officer told me (with a smile) that I was sitting in the wrong class, so I moved to the second class section. There was more leg room in the first class, but not too much differed. Oh, there was a footrest in the first class, but I couldn’t touch it anyway.

11:30 Second ticket check.

11:42 Luxembourg City! There were stores such as McDonald’s, Subway, and Sephora near the station.

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I started seeing large cliffs, bridges, and lots of trees as I walked toward the hostel. It felt like a huge fortress city because of all the hills. I was glad that I was carrying a backpack not a luggage, otherwise I would have died dragging it through the city.

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12:15 Hostel. It was located beside some bridge, a little far from the busy area. The building seemed pretty new. The door was locked, so I just sat down on a chair outside and ate chocolates.

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12:40 One of the doors was open, and I had no idea. I walked in and checked in. EUR 38.93.
They were not going to give me the key before 1 PM, so I waited at a table nearby.

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13:00 Room. It was still being cleaned (and I had to use good old body language to communicate with the maids), so I left my backpack and came back out.

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13:20 Left hostel.

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13:30 Took pictures near Bock Casemates and continued walking toward the touristy area. The city was very green.

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13:50 Chocolate House. I just walked into the first not-too-fancy-looking place because I was starving. I ordered soup and hot chocolate. It appeared that everyone but one person in the store spoke English.

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The soup was okay, and hot chocolate was pretty good. It was one of those where you dissolve actual chocolate in hot milk.

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14:30 Out. EUR 8.80.

14:35 Cathedral to the Blessed Virgin. It was a church nearby and looked cool, so I walked in. It felt graceful and somewhat feminine. The altar looked impressive, and I wished my camera had HDR.

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14:45 Walked to Pont Adolphe. The city was pretty small, and it didn’t seem like there was a lot to do.

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15:35 Back in the hostel.

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16:30 Out. The sky cleared.

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17:10 Vallée de la Pétrusse, which looked more like a park. The bridges looked huge from below.

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18:00 Sat down at a table outside of Le Bouche à Oreille, a pub-looking place in the city for dinner. I ordered pasta box, but the waitress told me they didn’t have any.

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18:10 The waitress didn’t come back for ten minutes, so I just left.

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18:15 There was a street full of restaurants nearby, so I got a table at Banana’s, which had cheap pastas. The waitress spoke English pretty well. I ordered pasta crème jambon, and a beer called battin fruitée.

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The beer was amazing! It is still my favourite beer of all time. It felt somewhere between beer and cooler, and it was very fruity, not too sweet, and easy to drink. It had a lot of foam.

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The pasta was disappointing, but the portion was good and cheap.

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18:50 Done. EUR 12.90.

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19:15 Hostel. There were children playing table tennis in front of the lobby.

19:27 Started toward fort thüngen, a fort north-east of the city. I kept getting lost.

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19:45 Finally found the way, which turned out to be full of stairs and trails with steep hills.

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20:03 Fort thüngen. The view was good, the wind was nice, but it was so hard to get to.

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20:16 Done climbing down.

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20:20 Hostel.

21:30 Sat down at a sofa in a sitting area on the second floor.

23:30 Bed time!

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