Pictures from London, Luxembourg

Since I currently live in Ireland, I took some short trips recently. I visited London for fun and Luxembourg for business, and I wanted to post a couple pictures of each.

London:

For the UK, the highlight of our trip (besides visiting friends) was a chance to see Buckingham Palace in Hyde Park, downtown London:

Buckingham Palace

The Palace was really splendid in person. You could really feel this as the center of the British Empire back in the day. This was the emblem of the Victorian Era. My daughter liked the fountain especially.

Lastly, the obligatory photo of the Buckingham Palace guards:

Buckingham Palace Guard

Luxembourg:

First, let me post a nice picture of downtown Luxembourg:

Luxembourg, Grand Duke's Castle

On the right is the headquarters of the national bank, the Spuerkeess. It is not the Grand Duke’s Palace as I previously thought. On the left is the Luxembourg cathedral, as Luxembourg is mostly Roman Catholic. The bridge is over the famous valley cliffs called the Grund (sounds like “groond”) also known as the Gronn in the local Luxembourgish language.1 Here’s what it looks like down in the Grund:

The Grund of Luxembourg

And here’s a photo of the Luxembourg countryside:

Luxembourg countryside

Lots of cows and beautiful Germanic forests. It was so great to see all this, and the American cemeteries from World War II, still maintained and honored.

Enjoy!

Namuamidabu

P.S. A belated “thank you!” to reader Kiki who provided a correction on the Luxembourg photo. I failed to update this page until 2010. :p

1 A friend who lives in Luxembourg once told me recently that while French and German are the common languages spoken there, people take pride in Luxembourgish, and learning and speaking even a little helps make friends easily there. :) This same friend also stated that after exposed to Luxembourgish at length for years, he found German easy to understand as well.

About Doug

A Buddhist, father and Japanophile / Koreaphile.
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2 Responses to Pictures from London, Luxembourg

  1. Kiki says:

    That ‘tower on the right’ is not the Grand Duke’s palace: it’s the headquarters of the national bank, the Spuerkeess. You’re not the first one to think that and you’ll not be the last, but the Palais Grand Ducal is out of your shot to your left.

  2. Gerald Ford says:

    Hi Kiki,

    Welcome to the L8B and thanks for the correction. I’ll update the blog soon. :)

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