Exploring Luxembourg

Luxembourg, a landlocked country in western Europe,  it is one of the littlest sovereign states in Europe and one of the least-populous countries in Europe.

The Old Town of Luxembourg

It is an interestingly amazing place to wander around the old historic town of Luxembourg. Take part in the spectacular views of the old city as you straddle around, witnessing stone bridges across the river and the former fortress of the old city of Luxembourg.

Palais Grand-Ducal

Palais Grand-Ducal in Luxembourg City is a dazzling piece of architecture, constructed during the 16th Century during the Flemish Renaissance and this is the original residence of the Grand Duke and the royal family.  A subtle reciprocity between romantic and medieval-gothic styles and industrial light designs by the German Ingo Maurer, an industrial designer, the palace’s interior design emerges to be a wonderful combination of a variety of styles, with some hardwood flooring.

Luxembourg City History Museum

Billeted within a group of four renovated 17th Century houses is the Luxembourg City History Museum. Not only the history of Luxembourg as a city and a nation but including the architectural assortment and progress of the city and its culture since the 10th century is how the museum is reflected upon. The compilation at the History Museum includes several photographs, important documents and evidence to urban development, as well as a variety of special exhibits used in daily life not to mention a variety of interactive cultural programs and events.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Built in the 17th Century between 1613 and 1621, the cathedral Notre Dame, by the Jesuits. It seems to be the most memorable part of this imposing building adorned with deluxe details of eye-catching stained glass, dated back 19th and 20th centuries for the baroque-inspired north gate of the cathedral, with modern sculptures and a tiny Madonna-and-Jesus child statue above the altar. Safeguarded by two lions drafted by Auguste Trémont, the graves of the royal family are located in the crypt.

Museum of the Abbey Echternach

The Museum of the Abbey Echternach, situated in the cellars of the former abbey, represents the history of the Benedictine monastery in the town of Echternach, in eastern Luxembourg. Dedicated to St. Willibrord, the Echternach scriptorium and the survey of his life and work of the founder of the Abbey and the patron saint of Luxembourg, the museum accommodates outstanding works of art. Tourists can see the quality of the manuscripts and the atmospheric rooms, including interactive audiovisual presentations as the place is split into two sections.



The Braemar Diaries

It will take two days sailing to get to Lisbon although it will be the first port of call. Until my number was called, I wait to forbear in the embarkation lounge and then quickly make my way to the cabin on deck 6. I’m right at the front with a huge window failed to spot the bows as they’ve upgraded me. There’s one bed that’s good for two, plenty hanging space, and right by the window is a dressing table, and provided with two armchairs.

Thistle, Grampian and The Palms –  the three restaurants at Braemar and I’m heading to dinner in the Thistle. This is the biggest and I’m shown to a large table with some singles who I’ll get to be acquainted with very well over the next few days. For the menu, a choice of two starters, three kinds of soups, two salads and four main courses, with the addition of fish of the day and a British specialty. The servers are friendly, the food is satisfying and they keep the wine popped up.

Although the Braemar is smaller than most, this is my first cruise on a large boat, at a little over 24,000 tonnes and accommodating only 930 passengers. The decks are composed of eight, and in the topmost, there are two pools and two Jacuzzis and rows of sunbeds.  

Historic town of Obidos and Lisbon

The sun begins to break through and the ship settles into a pleasant rhythm after spending two days of rough seas. Before pursuing a trip to the historic town of Obidos, I explored the historic Alfama district.

This place is so packed during summer with tourists that it’s almost unfeasible to walk in the main street but this time of year, it’s satisfyingly quiet. As there’s no guide rail and the path is quite narrow, I do a tour of the ramparts, not for the faint-hearted.

Portimao, Algarve

The evening was spent sailing and the following day brought us to Portimao, on the Algarve. Sardine fishing is the main industry here and you can sample the catch freshly grilled at small restaurants on the seafront.

A wide stretch of golden sand backed by rocky cliffs is the Praia de Rocha, as I’m fancying a swim so I made my way to the beach. Not warm enough to stay, the water is fresh and I’m one of the few brave souls to manage it.

Seville, Spain

We enter the Guadalquivir River which leads to the city of Seville early the next morning. After 49 nautical miles, we moor right in the heart of the city as the Braemar is one of the few ships able to navigate the narrow channel.

After St Peter’s and St Paul’s, and contains the elaborate tomb of Christopher Columbus, the famous Gothic cathedral is the third largest church in Europe. Taking a sequence of ramps, rather than steps, I walk up to the top of the 100m Giralda tower, previously a minaret. 


Parisian Moments


At least once in your travel spree, France’s chic, sexy capital must be experienced. You’ll truly fall in love with the city with its mix picture-postcard icons with simple Parisian moments and you can visit the Eiffel Tower then walk or cycle along the Seine, or cruise down it on a bateau-mouche (bateaux-mouches.fr). Check out Notre Dame and then take a sip on post-cathedral café at Café Saint-Régis, indulge over ice-cream at Berthillon or take a gulp of super juice at literary café of mythical bookshop Shakespeare & Company.

Loire Valley

Scattered around the lush Loire Valley are fabulous châteaux. You will not miss admiring the Renaissance supertanker of a castle Château de Chambord, and elegant Château de Chenonceau astraddle the Cher River. Another perfect one-day combo to visit is Château de Blois is worth the stop tour of French architecture, and classical Château de Cheverny where the display of the dogs having dinner steals the show.

French Riviera

One can say that it has it all for the strip of seashore on the big blue Mediterranean the reason tourists all over the world come during summer. With its vanguard art museums, belle époque architecture, pebble beaches and legendary promenade, the waterside town of Nice dominates the Riviera. 


The astonishing light and landscape in this part of France’s south call constant snapping and sharing so be prepared and make sure to check all devices and are fully charged. Marseille is where best to begin, a thousand-year-old port with coastline straight off a film set and notable museums like the MuCEM.


Champagne is an all class for this northern France, a sparkling viticulture region. Sojourn in Reims (utter something similar to ‘rance’) or Épernay to visit Pommery, Mumm, Moët & Chandon and other big-name Champagne houses.

Brittany & Normandy

Specially created for outdoor fiends and history admirer with appalling seafood, cliff-top walks, a cliff coastline and ancient sights pervade in lore and legend – Brittany & Normandy, a wind-buffeted part of northern France. A magical mysterious abbey-island, Mont St-Michel, best reached in barefoot across the sand.

French Alps

One massive outdoor playground – French Alps – which expel during the ski season, December to April, allure adrenalin junkies from everywhere for the insanely challenging slopes and trails. Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak, rule, and Chamonix – a party town – is the place to get a good glimpse to its might and majesty – and whatever the season, the mountain panorama from the top of the Aiguille du Midi cable car is the finest there is.


The United Arab Emirates

Known as UAE or The United Arab Emirates, is a country consisting of seven emirates (kingdoms) that are loosely arranged in a type of federalist system of governance. They each also retain their own one-of-a-kind character as each of the emirates has a fair bit of autonomy.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the two emirates that are most familiar to travelers. Let us momentarily take a glimpse at the two emirates to see how they distinct from a traveler’s outlook.


Of the two emirates, Dubai is the more glamorous. It offers an extravagant display of wealth, and is known for being an oasis for the extremely wealthy. Spending luxurious holidays in Dubai know no restrictions, and when the topic is the luxury hotels, travelers have innumerable choices.

A few meters off the coast is the Burj Al Arab is situated on a private island and is easily known as one of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

The Armani Hotel is another option, which is housed in the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – and is the solely Armani Hotel in the world.

Any visitor should be prepared because a visit to Dubai is not cheap, nor is it modest. Throughout the year, high-profile conventions and happenings take place and jet-setters come in and out of Dubai’s jaw-dropping international airport at a high-speed pace.

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, for most of recent history, has been in the second view of its more glamorous cousin, as Dubai has favored the vast majority of attention from international travelers.

This, however, is beginning to differ as Abu Dhabi is now assertive and is a serious push for consideration as one of the world’s greatest cities.

Abu Dhabi has still managed to attract top-tier events like the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – an annual Formula One race, but still inherently more modest than Dubai.


The Ancient City of Luxor

The ancient city of Luxor was one of the greatest cities in the world, at some point in time, 4,000 years ago. Luxor was then known as the golden-era of Thebes and this went on for thousands of years.

Its majesty is comparable to that of Athens or Rome. Magnificent pharaohs created an almost incredible number of tombs, temples and monuments in the
city and its encompassing, which up to this time preserved most of their astonishing grandeur.

Like most Egyptian cities, Luxor which is approximately 700 kilometers south of Cairo,  and is situated along the River Nile. A small patch of greenery traces the shores of the River Nile, considered as the longest river in the world. It crawls through the Sahara Desert and its waters are the main reason why there is civilization in the area.

There is a remarkable contrast that is being created in Luxor. The city of Luxor is green with its outskirts mostly covered by small farming plots. At the same time, if you go just a few minutes outside the city, you would think that the enormous sand dunes and mountains of Sahara were endless.

At the heart of the city is the Luxor Temple, and the sandstone columns are covered in hieroglyphs. It looks even more spectacular at night. What contains the spiritual knowledge of ancient Egypt are the hieroglyphs that embellish every inch of the temple.

The falling off of the Egyptian civilization and religion occurred rather abruptly and so fast was the replacement of hieroglyphics by the Greek alphabet. The meanings of the hieroglyphs went astray even to the modern Egyptians

Regardless of what people say, there will always be more phenomenons to explore and secrets to discover. In essence, a tour to Luxor is a remarkable adventure into ancient Egypt, one that should not be forgotten.

Plan A Trip to The Himalayas

If seeing the Himalayas is not in your bucket list, then you better start adding it because this magnificent view is truly a wonder, and is really beyond beautiful.

Not everyone gets the chance to see this mesmerizing view, and for those who are lucky enough to prepare and plan a trip to the Himalayas, here are some tips that you might actually find helpful.

First, make sure to check the weather on the dates that you will be traveling. May to September are the ideal months to explore the place, but the trekking season stretches from March to June.

Second, prepare a map and an itinerary. There are well-defined trekking routes that you can go with but if you are more of a thrill seeker, the off-the-grid adventures should fit you better. If you opt to go with the latter, do some research and talk to the locals before you start your journey to the mountains.

Third, hire a guide. Even if you love adventures, it’s highly recommended that you get a local guide to go trekking with you. This is just to make sure that you’re on the right track and that you’ll have the best experience in the Himalayas.

Fourth, prepare a budget. Most of the advanced and difficult trails are on the pricey side. Don’t forget to bring cash because you can’t always use your credit cards when you’re in the mountains.

Fifth, pack light and wisely. Again, you have to check the weather before you travel so you know what clothes and equipment to bring. Keep your essentials handy for a smooth experience.

Sixth, store enough food and water. You will be trekking, remember?

Lastly, stop, and breathe. Make sure that you are ready to travel to one of the best places on earth. You won’t regret it.