Let’s hear it for Belgium!

And let’s hear it for the new king! What better day for King Albert II to abdicate and his son Philippe to take over than the National Day, especially since July 21st commemorates the day King Leopold I took the constitutional oath as the first king of Belgium, in 1831, less than a year after […]

Let’s hear it for France!

Vive la République! We all know it’s France’s national day today, and we all get pictures of the military parade on Champs Elysées and fireworks in our heads, while we think about the mythical storming of the Bastille and hum”Do You Hear the People Sing?”. Right?

Locks of love

Pont des Arts, Paris. Love tout simplement. Photos by Unni Holtedahl, June 2013

Go treasure hunting

Now is the perfect time to go hunting for treasures. Car boot and garage sales, markets and trocs, you name it. You can make bargains everywhere. Our neighbours Belgium and France offer many nice “brocantes” and antiques markets where you can find nice pieces at better prices than in Luxembourg. I particularly  like to search for small […]

Guilt-free shopping in Trier

Ironically, one of the great things about living in wealthy Luxembourg is its proximity to Germany, one of the least expensive countries in Europe according to the Mercer Cost of Living Survey 2012. Groceries cost 38% more in the Grand Duchy than in Germany and restaurant prices are a shocking 66% higher, calculates Numebo. So […]


merci in Paris (111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, metro 8 Saint Sébastien Froissart) sets the standard in many ways. This famous concept store with new and vintage pieces located in a majestic, sun-lit loft is a must for every lover of fashion and interior design. Odd and old furniture is mixed with crystal chandeliers, always in a very trendy […]

Zooming in on a culinary map

Luxembourg residents are quite spoiled with good restaurants, but how far do you have to go to dine at one of the world’s top 50 restaurants? Or maybe there just happens to be one where you’re going on holiday? “The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy” has just released this prestigious list for 2013. […]

Last minute family getaway

Easter time is here, and school holiday. Most of you are probably already away from Luxembourg and maybe in a sunny spot. But for the rest of us, who actually run out of ideas, why not a last minute thing? Just wake up in the morning, pack some belongings and get away as a family! It will be […]

Carnival of Binche & its mystery men

The coming holiday week has many names: From the accurate but somewhat boring winter holiday or sports holiday to the uplifting crocus holiday and the positively joyful carnival holiday. In need of last minute ideas? Why not stick to the latter name and visit a famous carnival There’s hardly time to get to Rio, and […]


Feelgood places next door: France Chez Michele, Languimberg, Lorraine. If you take off from the motorway in the middle of nowhere, just like that, patiently following the row of tractors, you might just get a pleasant surprise. Like “Chez Michele”, a gourmet restaurant where you really don’t expect to find one, with tasteful decor and […]