Local Heart, Global Soul

December 19, 2013

Red Pedestrian Crossings And Unusual Roofs As We Head Northward…

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In this post from my retrospective travel diary of 2102, we are leaving the small town of Mersch in Luxembourg and continuing our travels northwards.

As usual I’m taking photographs from the front seat of the car and documenting our journey.

The scenery consists mostly of small towns, villages with architecture typical of the region and either rural agricultural or forested landscape.

A few buildings had a character all of their own, but in general the only thing that raised our eyebrows was the pedestrian crossing that consisted of white stripes on a red background rather than the white and black arrangement we are more used to seeing.

We only saw this twice, and in the same village so maybe it was for a specific purpose (everywhere else there were just the normal “zebra”crossings). One building made us laugh, it had a very large overhang of the street frontage facing roof-line: why build a porch when you can have this? Let’s take a look…

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December 18, 2013

Less The Elephant In The Room And More… eeek … The Dragon In The Corner!

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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In this page of my travel diary documenting our 2012 summer adventures, we are in the small Luxembourg town of Mersch and have stopped at the local tourist information centre to stretch our legs and find out some information about the  area.

As detailed in yesterday’s post the Tourist Information Centre certainly stands out, because it’s a beautiful little tower in the large town square.

Our Singaporean friend “Velvetine”  and I are busy taking photographs of the tower when she said to me “don’t look now, but there’s a dragon in the corner!”

Of course I laughed because she must have been joking but no, there really was  a dragon in the corner!  Luckily it’s no fire-breathing monster taking time  out of a fairy tale, but a decorative  fountain, and since we both love quirky things we waste no time going over to investigate. It’s a fountain of three parts, the dragon has three base sections of it’s “body”that each have water pools  in them that cascade out all on the same side, first each into it’s own shallow pool on the ground: this pool is full of bubbles from the turbulence of the water and it entices adult and child alike to dip their fingers into the frothy water, from there things get more sedate as a small exit groove in the cobbles guides the water from each of the three lower pools into one central drain a short distance away.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Interestingly the dragon also appears to be a commemoration of something too… it’s decorated with eleven coats of arms, which I assume are significant in the local area.

Some of  them have easy origins to figure out: castles, shields, crosses, crowns, etc but the one that looks like a hill with three holes in it (did they like golf?)

…or the three birds that first look like they have no breaks (or feet), or the semi Volcan two fingered sign or the chain/gate/grill, “thingy”, they were a mysteries all to themselves.  Any guesses out there to what that grid one might be at all?

My best guess was a medieval BBQ grill for the boar in the lower half of the shield. And that instead of being the shield of a nobleman I imagine it to be the one of the local poacher, the fingers being a polite version of the two fingered salute to authority as he nicked the local porkers from the gentry. Of course that’s highly unlikely but… you already know I have a warped sense of humour. I love things like this… beautiful, commemorative (even if I don’t know for what) , funny, functional and quirky too… and totally unexpected in a little conservative looking Luxembourg town… nd yet another example of the surprises you discover when you stop in little places and take a look around…

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(photograph ©Velveteen) used with permission

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(photograph ©Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph ©Velveteen) used with permission

December 17, 2013

The Mersch Tourist Information Office Certainly Stands Out From The Crowd…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch and Singaporean friend “Velveteen” spent the summer of 2012 together squeezing in as many new places and adventures as possible.

In this diary post we have arrived in the town of Mersch and stop by a tall tower that also happens to be the local Tourist Information office.

Situated in a large open square, the kids take the opportunity to run around and let off some steam, whilst Himself checks out the Information Office, Velveteen and I get busy with our camera’s…

We start first with the tower itself: it’s made in four sections decreasing in size as it reaches the top, and is capped by a beautiful onion shaped dome.

There is some ornamental stonework but in general ornamentation is  minimal.

Then as we move around the tower so that we can photograph it better in the strong sunshine, something curious  a short distance away grabs our attention that we decide is too quirky not to investigate…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Down the street is a church…

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(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

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