The Lizard Chronicles

Some of this is true. Some of this is better. –Too Much Joy

Luxembourg Day 2: History and Culture (but First, Slides!) January 14, 2017

We began our second full day in Luxembourg City  with a walk through Municipal Park on our way to find somewhere to have breakfast. However, the morning meal fell a few notches on the priority list when we stumbled across a giant playground pirate ship–and just days after Talk Like a Pirate Day (yes, the trip was in September, and I’m just now writing it up in January–don’t judge me!). It was a beautiful day, and the playground was empty. Clearly, the universe was telling us that it was time to play!

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Breakfast can wait!

My father quickly went about climbing the tower on the ship because, as he said, “Someone’s gotta do it!” Well, of course.

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Dad is on top of things.

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My turn!

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ARRRRRRR!

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About to descend the twisty slide!

As we continued to let our inner children frolic (videos here and here), several passers-by (all of them adults, mind you) came and joined the fun on the ship. Eventually, we gave in to hunger and continued on in search of breakfast…or maybe by that time, brunch. Whatever you want to call it, we ate it at Boulangerie Paul. Take it from a rhubarb enthusiast–their rhubarb tart is delicious.

Next, we explored the Bock Casemates, a series of defense tunnels that were dug out over a period of about 100 years during the 1600s and 1700s. They were seriously cool to see.

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Here, the ground reminded me of brains. (Bock Casemates)

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Is this thing loaded?

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Bock Casemates

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Here, the ground made me feel like I was in The Empire Strikes Back. (Bock Casemates)

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A view from the Bock Casemates

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Tower at the Bock Casemates

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Vineyard under the Bock Casemates

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Panoramic view

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I  ^  Luxembourg

After a lunch of pizza and beer at Il Punto, we headed to the National Museum of History and Art. Ironically, we managed to get far more lost there than we did while wandering through underground tunnels earlier in the day. We saw some cool stuff, though, including an Edward Steichen exhibit. Plus, the mirrored ceiling in the museum’s elevator made for one of the coolest selfie opportunities ever.

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Looking up!

We passed most of the rest of the day wandering about, eating gelato, drinking wine, and taking lots more pictures.

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Danger! Umbrellas and wine?

 

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Gargoyle

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Here, the ground reminded me of fingerprints.

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Evening falls on Luxembourg City.

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