Meeting the locals...and they are Irish!

Trip Start Mar 07, 2008
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Trip End Jun 09, 2008


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Sunday, March 16, 2008

On Friday night I found myself kicking my heels and desperate to go out, so I made sure that on Saturday I had lots to do...

The weather was great and I thought it was a good opportunity for some exploring. I headed out through Oetrange and onto a great tree-lined road that was surrounded by fields. I saw a sign that made me smile, a huge frog and a warning that they were crossing the road :) Robbie says that at a certain time of year, the frogs come out of hibernation and head across the roads in mass, in search of the forest beyond. Apparently it can be quite dodgy, especially in the dark. Still, it was a cool sign - I will go back for a photo at some point!

I followed signs for Remich because it sounded familiar, and took the smaller roads rather than the highways to get a better view of the country. I went through Bous and hit Remich, driving through what seemed to be the town centre, then over a bridge and as I looked out there was an amazing view of the river. I drove on for a bit to Nemmig and saw some signs for a Roman Villa but decided instead to head back to Remich for a walk and wander. It was only when I walked along the river and found some information signs that I realised that I was in the Moselle Valley - the area famous for its wine. Ah shame I couldn't sample any because I was driving! I took some photos - I loved the statue of the man drinking and sat astride a barrel - he looked like he was having a great time.

They seem to have a lot of chocolate shops and patisseries that are dedicated to Easter - amazingly elaborate eggs, bunnies and countryside scenes. I thought they might be nice to take home for people but I would be too afraid of breaking them on the journey - they look quite delicate. There wasn't much more around, some fish restaurants, cafes and even a kebab shop(!) but I wasn't really hungry so after a bit more of a walk I decided to go back to Luxembourg centre - it would soon be time for the rugby to start!

As I drove out of Remich, I wish I could have stopped for a photo because I saw a mustache hairdressers! Thats what it was called and it had cartoon pictures of mustaches on the window! I peered inside but couldn't quite see the latest handlebar creation,,,

I drove back along a slightly different route towards Luxembourg Ville. As I approached Oetrange I went through a tiny place called Moutfort and was stopped my a small graveyard set back from the road. I know its a weird thing to be intreiged by but it in amongst woodland, birds singing all around and there was a small chapel(?) and mostly family graves - with up to 5 or 6 people in some of the graves. It was really peaceful. As I drove on through Oetrange I took some photos of the church there too so that you can see my little village.

I was heading to Luxembourg Ville to check out the St Patrick's Experience (http://www.stpatrick.lu/). It's a big event over 4 days and is basically a big tent with bands, rugby, Guinness and lots of green balloons! I managed to pick up an English newspaper in the local newsagents (The Daily Mail 2.50 Euro), grabbed a diet coke and a sausage and settled down on a bench in the tent for a bit of Rugby. England beat Ireland but it didn't seem to dampen the spirits too much.

I popped back home for a bit to make some tea and to try and convince my flatmate Robbie to go out for a drink. I'd just found out from Facebook that it's his birthday tomorrow so what better excuse?! It worked and we got the bus into town just after 9pm. It was actually a coach rather than a bus but a very comfortable ride taking us right into the centre for just 1.50 Euro. As we arrived the main band were playing - U2 Elevation - you guessed it - a U2 cover band. They looks and sounded amazing and really got the audience going. I opted out of the Guinness and instead choose the beer and we met up with lots of people that Robbie knew. There were a lot of English and Irish out that night and it was good to just chat and meet people without concentrating on the language. I may have not been that popular however when I commented on England winning the Rugby, and to add insult to injury I told them my boyfriend was a Wales supporter  - they also won that day against France!

After the bands finished we went with some of the other to a pub called "Pygmalion" (nicknamed the pig.) And I got talking to some real locals as well as the Irish ones. Robbie said I'd found some 'rockers' and I guess they were. It was quite funny to mix my bit of bad French, their bit of broken English and a few drinks :s

After the Pig we went to a club down the road but it was pretty empty so we had a quick drink and got a taxi home. Robbie had warned me it would be expensive but I was still shocked to see the meter clock-up over 40 Euros as we reached the flat! Not quite sure what time we got in but it was rather late! Fantastic night though - and needed :)

The last photo is of some lovely painted eggs...hmmm...some kids came by the house selling eggs for Easter and it took so long for them to try and explain - me with a bit of french and them with a bit of English that I felt I had to get some :-P People hide them in the garden for their children to hunt for them on Easter Sunday but what I don't know is what the kids do with them after? And what on earth am I supposed to do with them??? At the moment they are just looking pretty on my window sill but suggestions welcome please...
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