Belgium
8th August 1980
Slovenia
9th August 1980

Luxembourg

Country number: 7
Territory number: 9

When?   A long time ago, across Europe to Slovenia  and Croatia (then Yugoslavia) and home. Coming from Belgium, going on to Germany. 
How?     Camping, with the car
Who?    With Don

See what Sue says

‘We are the greatest people,
sitting on our old street,
the best wine in the world,
much better than that of the French.
We are rich and cultural,
and we are better than the other nations,
richest in the world,
high-class beyond other countries,
better than England or Germany,
we know we will be praised,
as Luxies, of Luxembourg.’

Jean-Henri-Claude Charlotte II, The Luxembourg Show.

  • Forests (mostly privately owned) cover more than a third of Luxembourg, so it’s not surprising that most of our drive is on hilly roads lined with trees.
  • Don’s not keen on driving in urban areas, and especially not parking in strange towns, but he is persuaded into the city of Luxembourg, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of its historic fortifications and old quarters. Luxembourg was one of Europe’s greatest fortified sites, and it is a melange of gates, bastions and forts with dramatic views over gorges. The most famous building is the castle of Luxembourg itself. It’s also one of the three EU capitals (its website boasts about this) and, as such, houses the General Secretariat of the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank, the Court of Justice and the European Court of Auditors.

Luxembourg is the only Grand Duchy in the world. Though the Grand Duke is known as the Crown Prince.
Luxembourg is named after a Saxon fortress, Lucilinburhuc (‘little fortress’) built by Sigefroid, Count of the Ardennes, in 963AD
Luxembourg is about the same size as Dorset and is the least populated of all the EU countries.
Just under half of the permanent residents in Luxembourg are foreign and nearly half of Luxembourg’s workforce commutes to work in Luxembourg from another country.
According to a UN survey, you have less chance of being shot in Luxembourg than in any other country in the world. There are around 1,300 police and just two jails in Luxembourg

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