Local Heart, Global Soul

December 3, 2013

Beautiful Lions, Flags and Bicycles …and Pigeons too, For Once.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In continuation of yesterday’s post we are arrived in Luxembourg City and managed by sheer good luck to have found the beautiful main square called “Place Guillaume II“.

There’s an imposing building on the far side of the square immediately identified as  the  “Hôtel de Ville” (City Hall) and whilst I love the neoclassical style of the building, it’s the imposing lion statues on plinths outside that grab most of my attention.

They appeal to my artistic fancy so I take photos from several angles for my art archive that I keep to refer to for inspiration at a later date.

The Luxembourg flag is one that could easily be mistaken for the Dutch one, because it’s the same tricolour formation and almost in the same colours: a horizontal red at the top, white in the centre and blue at the bottom… However the Luxembourg blue stripe is a far lighter shade than the Dutch one. Since The Netherlands can boast that  our flag has been in continuous use since 1572 and is the oldest tricolour flag  in the world still in national use, it’s clear who copied who. The colours originated from those used in Luxembourg’s Grand Duke’s coat of arms, and the coat of arms of Luxembourg, which consists of an ensign with light blue and white striped background with a large heraldic style red lion in the centre.

Some in Luxembourg have campaigned for the ensign flag to become the national flag because the current one is so often mistaken for that of The Netherlands, but so far without success. I also liked the beautiful cast iron lamps around the square, and the evidence that this is a bicycle friendly city. The cycle stand takes up the space of a singe car, as demonstrated with a large car-shaped cut-out and cycle routes abound. The paving cobbles are arranged in beautiful patterns, and the local pigeons were very tame indeed, I’ve never managed to get so close or get better photographs than these before.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

3 Comments »

  1. Wonderful photographs! I love the lions on their plinths too! 🙂

    Comment by George Weaver — December 3, 2013 @ 1:28 am | Reply

  2. I went to Luxembourg City as a teen and I loved it. 🙂

    Comment by sarsm — December 3, 2013 @ 11:06 am | Reply

  3. What is the green thing in the picture 3or 4 above.

    Comment by Joseph Hoyne — December 5, 2013 @ 4:35 am | Reply


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