Agenda for the Weekend – 25th to 28th March (EN & PT)

(Versão completa em Português mais abaixo)

Hi there! So, if you’re around during the Easter weekend, here are my picks: the reopening of Parc Merveilleux, the Medieval Market of Echternach and the Easter Market in the city of Luxembourg

Here is some additional info:

– Parc Merveilleux reopens to the 2016 season on the 26th March. More info on the website (http://www.parc-merveilleux.lu). Address: route de Mondorf, em Bettembourg

– From Friday to Saturday (11am to 9pm) and on Monday (11am to 6pm), Echternach presents the Medieval Market (“Mittelaltermarkt”). More info at the event’s website (http://www.echternach-tourist.lu/en/100-events?item=6750). Address: place du Marché, Echternach.

– On Monday, Luxembourg city center is all dressed-up for the Easter Market (“Emaichen”), very well-know by the traditional pottery whistling birds (Péckvillercher). More information at the website of the event (http://www.emaischen.lu/). Address: rue Marché aux Poissons, rue  du Marché aux Herbes, rue  de la Boucherie, rue  du Ros rue  Sigefroi, rue  de la Reine and place Guillaume II. Please note that the village of Nospelt also presents a similar market during the same day.

Have Fun!!

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Reabertura do Jardim das Borboletas

Na sexta-feira, o Jardim das Borboletas (“Päiperleksgaart”) reabre as suas portas ao público, para mais uma estação de visitas. A entrada tem um custo entre 6 euros (crianças entre os 3 e os 14 anos) e 10 euros (adultos). Mais informações no site do espaço (http://www.papillons.lu/). Endereço: route de Trèves, em Grevenmacher.

Quermesse de Páscoa

A partir de sexta-feira (e até ao dia 11 de Abril), Esch-sur-Alzette recebe a quermesse de Páscoa, com muita animação para toda a família. Endereço: place des Remparts e place Victor Hugo, em Esch-sur-Alzette.

Mercado Medieval em Echternach

De sexta-feira a domingo, das 11h às 21h, e na segunda-feira, das 11h às 18h, Echternach recebe o mercado medieval (“Mittelaltermarkt”). Mais informações no site do evento (http://www.echternach-tourist.lu/en/100-events?item=6750). Endereço: place du Marché, em Echternach.

Páscoa no Belle Étoile

Na sexta-feira e no sábado, o Centro Comercial La Belle Étoile apresenta um mercado de Páscoa a todos os visitantes, com a possibilidade das crianças participarem em diversos ateliers criativos. A participação é gratuita. Mais informações no site do espaço (http://www.belle-etoile.lu/). Endereço: route d’Arlon, em Bertrange.

À descoberta no Luxemburgo

Na sexta-feira, das 11h30 às 18h30, e no sábado, das 10h às 18h, por ocasião do início da estação turística de 2016, a place d’Armes irá receber diversos stands alusivos a tudo de bom que Luxemburgo tem para oferecer: natureza, cultura, produtos locais… A entrada é gratuita. Para mais informações, consulte o site da organização (http://www.lcto.lu/en). Endereço, place d’Armes, na capital.

Exposição Internacional do Cão

No sábado e no domingo, das 10h às 18h, a LuxExpo recebe mais uma edição da exposição internacional do cão. A entrada tem um custo de 5 euros. Mais informações no site do evento (http://www.luxexpo.lu/#event750). Endereço: Entrada norte da LuxExpo, em Kirchberg.

Reabertura do Parque Maravilhoso

No sábado, o Parque Maravilhoso reabre as suas portas ao público, para mais uma estação de visitas aos curiosos animais da floresta. A entrada tem um custo entre 6 euros (crianças entre os 3 e os 14 anos) e 10 euros (adultos). Mais informações no site do parque (http://www.parc-merveilleux.lu). Endereço: route de Mondorf, em Bettembourg.

Páscoa em Ettelbruck

No sábado, das 10h às 17h, Ettelbruck convida todas as famílias e conhecer o coelhinho da Páscoa que andará pelas ruas pedonais a distribuir ovos. Haverá também um pequeno espaço com animais da quinta, na place de l’Eglise.

Playmobil no Belval Plaza  

A partir de sábado (e até ao próximo dia 9 de Abril), o centro comercial Belval Plaza convida todas as famílias a visitar a exposição de Playmobil, que contará também com uma área de brincar (todos osdias, das 14h às 18h, com excepção dos dias 27 e 28 de Março) e pinturas faciais. Endereço: BELVAL PLAZA Shopping Center, 7 avenue du Rock’n Roll, em Esch-sur-Alzette. Mais informações no site: www.belvalshopping.lu.

Mercado da Páscoa na capital e em Nospelt

Na segunda-feira de Páscoa, Luxembourg recebe mais uma edição do mercado da Páscoa (“Emaichen”), bem conhecido pelos pequenos passarinhos de cerâmica (“peckvillercher”). A participação é gratuita. Mais informações no site do evento (http://www.emaischen.lu/). Endereço: na capital (rue Marché aux Poissons, rue  du Marché aux Herbes, rue  de la Boucherie, rue  du Ros rue  Sigefroi, rue  de la Reine e place Guillaume II) e em Nospelt.

Mercado da Páscoa de Clervaux

Também na segunda-feira, das 11h às 18h, Clervaux recebe o mercado da Páscoa que conta com muita animação e entretenimento para toda a família, incluíndo o coelhinho da Páscoa que andará a distribuir ovos. A participação é gratuita. Mais informações no site do evento (http://www.destination-clervaux.lu/robbesscheier-offer/what-on/eastermarket/).Endereço: place du Marché, em Clervaux.

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Hiring a Cleaning Lady in Luxembourg

A constant question one can find in social media websites is “How can I legally hire a cleaning lady in Luxembourg?”. So here is a brief explanation that I sincerely hope will help you out!🙂

1. Where to find a cleaning lady?
This is a hard one. Although it can ended up being easy to find someone, it is always difficult to trust our home and personal belongings to someone else’s care, right?

So, here are some tips:
– Ask your local friends, school/daycare, church…
– Ask your commune of residency or search on their website.
– Ask in local expat facebook pages/groups (“Luxembourg Parents”, “Mums, Bumps and Babies Luxembourg”, “AWCL Moms, Kids & Families” (you’d need join AWCL), “British Ladies Club of Luxembourg” (you’d need to join http://www.blc.lu).
2. How to (legally) hire a nanny ?

The CCSS (Centre Commun de la Securite Sociale) has implemented a ‘simplified procedure’ to help you hiring a cleaning lady (“femme de ménage”). The only thing you need to do is to agree on the net value with the lady, then print out the contract, sign it and send it back by mail.

Then, by the end of each month, you’ll need to pay the net value directly to the cleaning lady. On the other hand, you’ll receive an invoice from the CCSS for you to pay (to CCSS) the tax and social security regarding this specific contract.

Besides that, every 6 months they will send a receipt for you and for the nanny and they even provide the annual tax declaration (by March, each year). All information is available in their website.

Please note that all this procedure is also valid to hire a babysitter!

 

Well, I think that’s it! Please feel free to add any comments or thoughts. I’d love to learn more as well! 🙂

Skiing Fun for Families near Luxembourg

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Ok, first of all, if you are a real skiing addict, I must be honest: this article won’t be the right one for you! Please don’t be angry with me!🙂

My secret tips about skiing include those smaller ski resorts where you can spend some hours (or even a few days) having some skiing fun in family. All of them offer ski lessons and the possibility to rent all equipment onsite.

 

 


 

Belgium – Baraque de Fraiture  – 120km (1h)

Where to ski: http://www.ski-baraquedefraiture.be/index_hiver.html

Good to know:

– Renting of ski equipment and ski lessons available on site (need to book in advance)

– Perfect location for a one-day ski fun

– There is a specific ski slope just for sledges!


 

Germany – Eifel – 120km (1h30)

Where to ski: http://www.eifel.info/skifahren-skigebiet.htm

Good to know:

– Perfect location for a one-day ski fun

– Renting of ski equipment and ski lessons available on site


 

 

Belgium – Mont des Brumes – 150km (1h30)

Where to ski: Mont des Brumes Ski Resort (www.montdesbrumes.be/en/index.html)

Good to know:

– Renting of ski equipment and ski lessons available on site (need to book in advance)

– Perfect location for a one-day ski fun


 

France – Ventron – 240km (2h30)

Where to Ski: Frère Joseph Ski Resort(http://www.ermitage-resort.com/)

Good to know: Ski lessons and equipment available to rent onsite

Where to Stay:

Hotel Les Buttes (http://www.hotel-les-buttes.com/en/)

Insider Tips: A charming chalet hotel (4*) – They have triple rooms where you can comfortably fit a family of 2 adults and 2 young kids; Walking distance to the ski slopes of the family friendly Ski Resort “Frère Joseph”

Hotel de l’Ermitage Frère Joseph (http://www.ermitage-vosges.com/)

Insider Tips: In front of the ski slopes; A ski pass vendor, ski school and ski equipment hire are available on site.


 

 

France – La Bresse – 240km (2h30)

Where to Ski: La Bresse Ski resort (http://labresse.labellemontagne.com/en/winter-2/ski-area/)

Good to know: ski lessons and equipment available to rent onsite

Where to Stay:

Résidence Les Grandes Feignes (http://reservations.labellemontagne.com/produit.aspx?lieu3=19&prest_id=778&lihe_id=37&table=lieu_hebergement)

Insider tips: Nice family friendly apartments right in front of the ski slopes (usually only available for week-long bookings, but it’s possible to get last minute 1 night spots); Excellent option for price/quality

Auberge du Brabant (http://auberge-du-brabant.fr/)

Insider Tips: Located just across the street from the ski pistes (La Bresse Bramant); All ski related services are available to book onsite


 

Germany – Winterberg – 360km (4h)

Where to ski: Winterberg Ski Resort (http://www.skiliftkarussell.de/aktuell.html)

Where to Stay:

Vakantiehotel Der Brabander

Insider Tips: Very family friendly with indoor playroom and outdoor playground; Right in front of the ski slopes

 

Have Fun!!

White Christmas – a very secret list of magic places

santa-claus-distributing-gifts-with-reindeer-christmas-night-642x600Are you already looking around and trying to find the best Christmas markets to visit?

Here is my latest article for Clew.lu, a very secret list of magical places to visit! Enjoy!!

http://clewmag.net/2015/11/17/white-christmas-a-very-secret-list-of-magic-places/

Rent a Christmas Tree!

Christmas_tree_with_starDid you know that you can rent a Christmas Tree in Luxembourg? Yes, it’s true! You can actually have all that magical feeling of having a real Christmas tree at home without thinking that after the holidays you’ll have to throw it away.

For years now, we have always decorated a plastic Christmas tree. It’s not the same thing, but at least we were not “killing” a tree… So, when a friend of mine told me about this family business in Steinsel, me and my husband decided we’d totally had to rent a Christmas tree. And 3 years ago we did it for the first time! And year after year, we come back again!🙂

You just have to show up there from the first weekend of December, choose one of the beautiful trees and schedule the delivery. They will delivery it to your home and then, between the 6th and the 13th January, they will pick it up. Pretty easy, right? 🙂

Now, the information details:

Bamschoul Becker
Address: 27a, rue Paul Eyschen, L-7317 Steinsel
Tel: 337363
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 12am and 2am to 6am
Website: http://www.beckered.lu/
Prices vary from €40 to €100 (include delivery and pick up)

Agenda for the Weekend – 31st October and 1st November (EN & PT)

(Versão completa em Português mais abaixo)

Hi there! So, my picks for this weekend
definitely include the Halloween on Ice and the Magic Show with David Goldrake.

Here is some additional info:

– Halloween On Ice (31st October, from 3pm to 7pm). Dress-up with your scariest costume and head to the ice rink! Address: Kochelsheuer patinoire.

– Magic Show with David Goldrake (31st October, at 4pm and 8pm). A nice and family-friendly magic show with the well-know David Goldrake. Tickets from 13.5€ to 38€. For more information about the event, please visit the website (http://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/place/specialevents/veiner-nessmoort). Address: Kinneksbond – Centro Cultural de Mamer, 42, route d’Arlon, em Mamer

Have Fun!!

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