Category Archives: Luxembourg

Autumnal Ramblings

Trees of bronze and amber drip rusty leaves onto the forest floor. Mistletoe, like giant Christmas baubles, adorns naked branches. A rift in the forest is a window onto verdant farmland fanning out to a hazy horizon. Walking paths, like worm casts, … Continue reading

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Bibliomania

“It borrows, it steals, it assimilates what words it pleases from all points of the compass…” ~ Charles MacKay on the English language. Bibliomaniac. Isn’t it a wonderful word? I found it in a book called ‘Forgotten English’ by Jeffrey … Continue reading

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Compare & Contrast

Nine months ago, we packed our bags and too many boxes and headed out to Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the last time. It was six years and a matter of days since I had first arrived in the Philippines. … Continue reading

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Wine Song

          Land of fairy tale beauty, land of the noble Riesling. Rotund, juicy fruits of a hand-picked harvest stemming from a soil rich in time and tradition The chant of an enduring, intoxicating desire that spirals … Continue reading

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A Fairy Tale Chateau

After two days of summer heat and glorious sunshine, Luxembourg has returned to winter drizzle and scuppered any thoughts of an expedition into the countryside. I had forgotten the unpredictability of European weather after years in the Philippines. Were the … Continue reading

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Black and white world

          Another city, another coffee shop, just a stone’s throw from home. Windows steaming, squawking chatter Leaf-bare trees, pilloried, pollarded, hem a cobbled square, empty, but for a mob of grumpy pigeons Street lights ooze into … Continue reading

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The Ides of March

“Then, suddenly, the day was at an end, and the house was furnished. Each stick and cup and picture was nailed immovably in place; the beds were sheeted, the windows curtained, the straw mats laid, and the house was home.” … Continue reading

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Chocolate House by Nathalie Bonn

In the centre of the oldest part of city sits the picturesque, almost fairy tale palace of the Grand Dukes of Luxembourg. A stern, armed guard stands in the sentry box, upright and expressionless, occasionally stamping his feet loudly – … Continue reading

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A Month in the Country

So we have been four weeks in Luxembourg and already the city is feeling familiar. And we have found a house. Now we just need our furniture to arrive from the Philippines, and we can start feeling properly settled. My twice-weekly French … Continue reading

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Landing in Luxembourg

As we flew over Luxembourg last week, we were thrilled to observe that the countryside had been lightly dusted with snow.  I was reminded, inconsequentially, of that classic Aussie film ‘The Castle’ and Sal’s dab hand with the icing sugar. As we pulled … Continue reading

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