Monday, April 21, 2014

Central Europe 3rd part; 3 Days in Benelux States: Luxembourg

23-days Autumn Experience on my 1st Schengen Visa Escapade
October 17 to October 19, 2013 

"Let it be understood, in the first place, that a science fiction story must be an exposition of a scientific theme and it must be also a story." - Hugo Gernsback

My 20th country to visit, 25th solo backpacking trip, 5th visa application for tourism on entire single page, and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure.

Benelux is a union of states comprising three neighbouring countries in midwestern Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in western Europe, bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany. Reflecting its geographic position, Luxembourg's culture is a fusion of Romance and Germanic Europe, borrowing customs from each of the distinct traditions. Luxembourg is a trilingual country: Luxembourgish, French and German are official languages. Although a secular state, Luxembourg is predominantly Roman Catholic.

view at the Corniche (the most beautiful balcony of Europe)

inside Luxembourg city

inside Luxembourg city

Basic Words to Remember;
hello - ahoj;   thank you - děkuji;   I love you - miluji tě;   goodbye - sbohem!
yed/no -jo/nee;   sorry - Je nám líto!;   please - prosím;   excuse me - promiňte!
toilet - záchod;   train station - vlakové nádraží;   airport - letiště

timezone - +0100H UTC;   capital - Luxembourg city;   language - Luxembourgish
currency - Euro 1EUR = 56 PHP = 1.3 USD

visa - Filipino's need to apply 1st before travel
how to apply tourist visa in Luxembourg ? (Schengen visa applied in France Embassy)

Interesting Facts about Luxembourg:
1. the only Grand Duchy in the world. It is the most economically developed country and has the world’s highest GDP.
2. Luxembourg has the highest minimum legal salary in the Europe and the second highest in the world after Australia.
3. Skype, the free Internet calls and instant messaging software, is headquartered in Luxembourg.

inside Luxembourg city
inside Luxembourg city

inside Luxembourg city

inside Luxembourg city

inside Luxembourg city

inside Luxembourg city

Schengen town

Luxembourg Train Station arrival by day; (coming from Bern, Switzerland)
Overnight train travel from Bern to Luxembourg was relaxing with no hassle and interruption even though there were 2 stop-overs. No hassle means absolutely no immigration security check anywhere and no interruption means no delay on train departure/arrivals. I arrived exactly the same time as specified in e-ticket.

Anyways, I divided this wonderful journey into different set of posts to be more specific on its content;


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