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December 11, 2013

The Roof Brings Our Tour Crashing To A Close…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This is my last post about the tourist bus tour we are taking in Luxembourg City.

We continue around the city and as we make our way back to the more historic centre we also return to some of the older historic and “interesting” buildings.

Back near the financial district the only thing that inspired the children was a statue shaped like a giant chair on the front lawn of one of the modern buildings.

One incident however did get everyone’s immediate attention: we are seated on the top deck of the tour bus and because it’s a fine day the canopy roof has been rolled back.

Obviously it hadn’t been fastened securely enough because we stopped a little bit suddenly at one intersection and with a loud rumbling roar the canopy released itself and in seconds hurtled open all the way to the front down it’s sliding rail system. Fortunately no one was standing up at the time, so no one got hurt: almost everyone’s reaction was to duck for cover because it wasn’t first clear where the noise was coming from. Little Mr. got a fright and dashed from his seat into Himself’s arms, there were gasps aplenty  and a few nervous giggles as people recovered from the fright.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I took a photo of the canopy as it covered us, and once the bus pulled over the driver came upstairs and rolled it back into the open position again, this time double checking that it was securely fastened.

When I took the photographs the gentleman behind me pointed to himself and said “no photo please” which I acknowledged but later discovered he was in all of them so I edited them so that he can not be identified.

I also edited out Himself and Little Mr who was in his lap in the second photo.

We discover around one corner a “Train” which is like a tourist trolley car with “carriages” attached to the back, and in bright florescent lime green it’s certainly hard to miss on the road.

The kids look at it with interest for a few moments but then decide that they’ve had enough of tours for the moment to which all the adults agree.  Soon it’s  time to get off the bus, and the first question that comes up is “When is Lunch?” so this dictates that we next  wander in the direction of somewhere that has food…

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(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

December 10, 2013

A Golden Girl In Flowing Robes, And Other Quirky Bits…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In this section of our Luxembourg City tourist bus tour, I’m focussing a bit more on the details… Regular readers will know that I can never manage to take photos without zooming in whenever quirky things, architectural details and pretty patterns catch my eye.

Today is no exception. Although I’m usually less of a fan of modern art, three quirky statues on the front lawn of a historical looking building caught my eye, as do some eccentric and bright yellow telephone boxes. (which interestingly are still “boxes” rather than the minimalist installations in The Netherlands that as a public facility are darn near impossible to find thee days.

Much to my delight, decorative towers and turrets abound (If I win the lottery I’m building a house with a tower with windows around the top to be a sun-trap reading room, yeah I know, dream on!).

I spy a very sparkly golden lady high up on a column, she holds a wreath and I’m trying to work out if she has cape that billows out around her or is she has a flowing dress, even on maximum zoom she’s hard to capture from ground level so I try several angles.

I like the colourful stripes on the local public transport buses and in yet another example of how important cycling is here I see a special cycle crossing right through the centre of a large intersection complete with it’s own cycle road markings.  Cycle lanes are everywhere, and separated from the car traffic (also done ever possible in The Netherlands too) you can see how popular cycling is by the numerous cyclists peddling by.

I was disappointed not to have had more information about some of these beautiful buildings on the tour bus commentary… but at least that didn’t diminish the visual delights.

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December 9, 2013

The Financial District Ticks Many Grey Boxes…

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

Another page of my diary as I document our travels and adventures at home and abroad.

Today’s post sees us aboard an open-topped tourist tour bus checking out the sights of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, with visiting Singaporean friend “Velveteen”.

We assumed that we would get a detailed tour of the older historical inner city buildings and areas, which sort-of happened, but instead we quickly left the inner city and made our way to the financial district, for which this European tax haven country is famous. All along the way we were given detailed descriptions of many buildings: all of them modern ones, which “school” of architecture the architect came from, was influenced by, etc, and almost all of these buildings were square boxes or variations of the square or rectangular box, so even Himself and the kids were soon asking ” this is really boring: when are the interesting  buildings coming?”

There were moments when an interesting looking building came into view and instead of talking about it the commentary in the headphones was about the yet another grey coloured square box building next door or over the road from it. The financial district comprised of course a mass of modern style buildings and the only thing that got our attention was a statue of a banker several stories high, meant to depict the importance of Banking in Luxembourg, a rack of  pay-as-you-go bicycles and other various artworks.  It’s certainly a “different” sort of bus tour…

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December 8, 2013

Wind In Our Hair As We Set Out In An Open-Topped …Bus.

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In this page of my blogging  journal we are in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, and have decided that the best way to get an overview of the city is by taking one of the open topped tourist tour buses. The kids manage to bag us all seats on the top deck and we settle in for what we thought would be a relaxing ride around the historic centre…  which it did, (to start off with). Our bus might have had an open to but it still has high windows,  you could photograph over the top only if you stood up (predictably not allowed on a moving bus for obvious reasons.) I later photographed this tour bus that had no windows on the top.. much handier for taking photographs.

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