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Lounging in Luxembourg

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An October 1993 trip to Diekirch by Irene

Rolling Hills Photo, Diekirch, Luxembourg More Photos
Quote: It was the little country that could. Luxembourg, with its lush hills crowned with chateaux, delicious cuisine, a myriad of walking trails, crisp white wines and endless momentos to the Battle of the Bulge, could be the best-kept travel secret in Western Europe.

Lounging in Luxembourg

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Overview

Rolling Hills Photo, Diekirch, Luxembourg
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As we sprinted across the Belgian border, the skies finally started to break and the hills of the Luxembourg Ardennes rolled before us. Trees sprinkled the rust of October flourished on every hillside. The Luxembourg Ardennes were swept away in layers, clustered with dairy herds and hidden valleys holding villages of the past. Tucked in the folds, minute communities contained all we needed: a church, pub, restaurant, lebensmittel (market), bakery, butcher, and farms. Here was an easier, quieter beauty than the intense Alps. Each curve brought a new perspective. Our highway dropped from the summit into a valley filled to the brim with the whitewashed Castle of Clervaux guarded from above...Read More

Star Hotel

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Hotel

Star Hotel Photo, Diekirch, Luxembourg
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After a lengthy search of the hotels in our travel guide, we found most of them to be closed for the season. We tracked down a local to point the way to the tourist office, which was closed from noon to 2pm, so we gave up the budget search. Out of our nature but from necessity, we investigated the premier Star Hotel in Diekirch. Recently sold and remodeled, the Star is a flash of glass and brass, with the charming Restaurant Galaxy and bar located in the lobby. A gracious attendant greeted us at the bar/front desk and offered to let us inspect the room on the third floor. Inspection was unnecessary, as this was a spacious class-act. Lovely six-foot windows opened on two walls, and a French do...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2005

Star Hotel
Avenue de la Gare 2-4
Diekirch, Luxembourg
1 352 80 36 36 0

Hotel Chez Jean

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Hotel

Hotel Chez Jean Photo, Diekirch, Luxembourg
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Snuggled in a corner of the Our River crouched the rustic Hotel Chez Jean. It looked too quiet. Not a person was stirring, not even a host. Suffering from a little Belgian fatigue, we crossed into Luxembourg in search of familiar faces and places. We sprinted through the hubbub of Luxembourg City and made a mad dash for our favorite hotel, Hotel Hoffman in Moresdorf. A familiar sign hung at an angle on the heavy wooden door: Geschlossen bis 16.30. Oh, well! There is always a pub open somewhere. We trudged down the street into the hotel and bar and entertained the local barmaid and barfly until Cati decided to come back from her half-day from the Hotel Hoffman. After a few minutes of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2005

Hotel Chez Jean
28 Hauptstroos
Diekirch, Luxembourg
352 73 00 33

Restaurant -Brassierie Chez Jean

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Restaurant

Restaurant -Brassierie Chez Jean Photo, Diekirch, Luxembourg
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No one was there. All the tables were laid with care as warm lamps bathed the room and cast shadows on empty seats. Lengths of vacant, pristine tables stretched across the spacious restaurant. Where were they? Where were the patrons who must frequent this prosperous-looking, out-of-the-way treasure? Homey prints cluttered the cool green walls, and potted plants crowded the windowsills. As we pondered the absence of customers, the owner–chef, Alian Scharle-Keersch, popped out of the kitchen to welcome us to his brasserie. With a little flourish, he produced huge leather menus clad with tassels. First came the specials, of which I chose the bouschee at 12.70 euros, and Robert roamed to t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2005

Restaurant -Brassierie Chez Jean
28 Hauptstroos
Diekirch, Luxembourg
(352) 730-033

Le Bonzia, Restaurant Asiatique

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Restaurant

Le Bonzia, Restaurant Asiatique Photo, Diekirch, Luxembourg
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"Let’s pick a restaurant close to the Hotel Star," I begged. Our trip was fast coming to a rainy, cold, dismal end and we did not want to drive. However, sanity prevailed, and we agreed to meet our friends at the Le Bonzia. The Star Hotel was at 2-4 Rue de la Gare, and behold—Le Bonzia was at 6 Rue de la Gare. An the back of the hotel squatted the unpretentious little Asian restaurant. A delightful surprise waited inside. It was not just the scrumptious décor of red and orange fabric accented with black lacquer but also the dining extraordiniaire. We entered quiet elegance with cozy tables sprinkled in a dim ambience. A demure waiter seated us at a table perched on a raised level. Feeling l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 4, 2005

Le Bonzia, Restaurant Asiatique
6 Avenue de la Gare
Diekirch, Luxembourg
802-119

About the Writer

Irene

Irene
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