I was in the fortunate position of having last week bookended by two fabulous holidays to Europe. I’ve already blogged about my adventures in Switzerland so this time it’s Luxembourg’s turn.
Sian and I were lucky to be on one of the last flights out of Heathrow on Friday as heavy snow started to engulf the airport. Arriving safely in Luxembourg, we checked into our hotel. The Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal most certainly did not disappoint with Hermes toiletries, in-room Nespresso machine, super comfy bed and an upgrade to boot! And the view wasn’t too shabby either.
The only thing that prompted an awkward moment was when we realised that the shower had semi-transparent glass, complete with in-shower mirrors and red and blue mood lighting. Kinda awkward when you’re having a girls weekend with a friend although something I’ll definitely keep in mind if I head away for a dirty weekend! Oh and it prompted a couple of Psycho-esque photo opps.
Since it was my second snow day in my life, a snow ball fight with something that wasn’t a wall was called for.
We did attempt to build a snowman but unfortunately the snow was a little too powdery so it didn’t stick. One thing that most certainly did stuck was the water in the pond. Check out the waterfall! Side note: I nearly slipped into the frozen water trying to take some of these shots.
Strolling through the city, we worked up a bit of an appetite and when we saw these chocolate eclairs in the window of La Table du Pain, we couldn’t resist!
Good right Sian?
Fuelled by sugar, we continued to explore Luxembourg and it really is a picturesque city.
With the taste of fondue still fondly on my lips (and hips) from my Swiss trip, it didn’t take much to convince Sian that this cold weather required plenty of melted cheese. While the fondue was tasty, it only partly satisfied my hankering although the wine was a different tale indeed. It was a pinot gris from Luxembourg and was absolutely delicious! Definitely keeping an eye out for Luxembourg wine in the supermarket aisles!
The wine, coupled with the cute little yellow phone boxes, naturally led to some fabulous photo opportunities (and one very serious phone conversation)!
Well rested from a good night’s sleep, day two started with brunch at La Table du Pain. Once again, we were not disappointed (well we kinda were as we just missed out on bacon) as the eggs, cheese and bread were delicious! With a full tum, we headed off for some more sightseeing. On our list was Grand Ducal Palace and Notre Dame although unfortunately we couldn’t go into the Casemates.
After traipsing round in negative temperatures all day, it was time to search for some hot chocolate and macarons (hello Paul) before heading back to the hotel to unwind.
Finally after a few hours relaxing, we resisted the urge to order room service and braved the cold in search of food. We came across a packed little Italian place (whose name unfortunately escapes me) where we enjoyed another bottle of Luxembourg’s finest and some friendly service. No shenanigans with phone booths on the way home although the wine did lead to the shower photos from earlier….
Day three started off in a similar fashion to day two, with brunch at La Table du Pain. It being a Sunday however, and not much time until our flight, not much was open and there wasn’t much to do except wander the streets.
Oh and seek solace in the Chocolate House. The CH is an awesome concept where it’s a solid block of chocolate with a wooden spoon in the middle. They give you hot milk and then the chocolate melts in the middle. We both had the chocolate chilli and it packed quite a punch!
Cold and tired, it was back to the hotel for one last glass of wine before jetting off back home (albeit with a 2.5 hour delay courtesy of the snow).
It was lovely to escape the hustle and bustle of London, discover some great wines and spend time with a good friend. Thank you Sian for a wonderful weekend away!
Oh and a bit of investigation and I see that Argos do a cast iron fondue set. Once I lose my Switzerbourg weight (2kgs in a week!!), I’m getting my 70s on and going to try my hand at a fondue night.