It is so awesome to be able to travel between countries with no stops at borders. The only indication you’ve left one country and entered another one these days in the European Union is when the carrier on your mobile phone changes!
The public transportation system works extremely well – you never have to wait very long for either buses or trains. Today’s highlight was a visit to the picturesque town of Vianden. Cobblestone streets wind their way up the hillside among beautiful European architecture. In the summer brightly colored flowers drip from nearly every window sill and veranda. A river runs through the town and the outskirts are surrounded by miles and miles of forest interspersed with agricultural land. The castle on top of the hill dominates for miles. After hiking up to the castle you can then continue further up the mountain via a dirt trail and take the chair lift all the way down to the town far below.
Victor Hugo spent some time here and a hotel and restaurants bear his namesake. The Vianden music festival is in full swing. Concerts are held in the castle and musical prodigies are invited here from around the world – from well-known music conservatories including Julliard in New York City.
Finished off the day at with a nice meal at a Nepalese Restaurant. A gentleman walked in selling Korean bookmarks. After talking we found out he is Bulgarian. So to get this straight, we are eating Nepalese food in Luxembourg while being sold gold bookmarks from Korea by a Bulgarian Caucasian vendor who spoke fluent Korean! Oh yea! Now off to Bruges.