Completing the BENELUX Loop in Luxembourg
We completed the BENELUX segment of our trip with a short stay in Luxembourg City. Like Belgium, Luxembourg restaurants follow very strict schedules, and in pursuit of lunch past the standard 2 pm closing time, we practically drove all over the tiny pocket country looking for an open restaurant until we finally got sandwiches at a gas station.
The highlight of our stay was an amazing meal at an Italian restaurant, Mosconi’s, in the Old City. Besides the fact that it was super luxe, I’m not sure how much of the actual Luxembourg culture we absorbed here. I have to mention it, though, because it was the first great meal of our monthlong trip. It was the fanciest restaurant I’ve ever enjoyed. We actually had to ring the doorbell to get in, then we were escorted to an elevator while the host ran up the spiral staircase around us to meet us at the top. Our mouths were quite happy with all of the amuse-bouches that were offered. Instead of just one snack to start the meal, we had several at the beginning of the appetizers, the mains, and dessert. Our first tastes were smoked mackerel with citron and a pumpkin soup. Then we had a seven course pasta tasting menu. Every course was both surprising and tasty and by the time we got to the end, we didn’t feel like we couldn’t make it through dessert, which we were committed to as we had to order it at the beginning of our meal. Mine was just okay, so I’ll write about Todd’s, which was called Chocolate Emotion. It was everything chocolate arranged like a sculpture of a forest scene on his plate, complete with tiny merengue mushrooms that I took care of for him. Each bite was amazing for him, to the point that when the waiter asked him how it was, he said it went right to the sole. The waiter replied “tutto solo” which I guess means the same thing in Italian, then told all the other staff about Todd’s comment. The rest of the staff kept pointing to us with bemusement – I think they’re going to change the name!
We spent the next day exploring around Luxembourg City. We started with breakfast across from the Palace, where the royal family still lives. We had prime seats to watch the occasional marches of the guard and even saw it changed a few times. Our table in the sun was perfect, since we chose the Luxembourg Country Breakfast and definitely needed a comfortable place to get through all of the offerings.
We got lost on self-guided walking tour of the town that we got from the Tourist Office, so we decided to just wander and see what we could.
I feel like wherever I go abroad, there’s always a random bride on the streets. This one was getting her picture taken in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Most impressive were the churches, especially the light hitting through the stained glass windows at St. Michael’s Chapel:
And the Notre Dame Cathedral:
We also liked the market, which was in full-swing when we first arrived on this square, and then completely taken down and cleaned up the early afternoon.
If you want to experience the amazing Mosconi’s Restaurant, check it out here: http://www.mosconi.lu/
It alone is worth a trip to Luxembourg.