Discovering Luxembourg and Surroundings – Bastogne

As promised, here I am again with some ideas and insider tips on places nearby where you can easily spend a few hours or a day in family.  So if yesterday I came up with the Saar Loop idea, perfect for a sunny day, now I present you with an all-weather option. Because, you know, in Luxembourg we can always have sun or rainy or hot or cold… We never know… 😉

Bastogne is just about 80km (1h) driving from Luxembourg and it hosts an amazingly renovated Bastogne War Museum. Especially if you have boys… 🙂

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Plan to be there by 10h so you have plenty of time to visit the Museum. It is a very pleasant surprise to see the high standards of this museum. They offer you the chance to see tons of real war equipment as well as to experience some episodes through 4D movies (in some of them you even experience the cold air of the mist in the forests! Incredible…).

Insider Tip: Take advantage of the included audio-guides, not forgetting the ones for the kiddos as they will have the chance to follow the experiences of a little boy throughout the scenarios.

In the meantime, be sure to call the local restaurant “Wagon Leo” and book a table in the “wagon room” – yes, part of the restaurant is set in a real antique wagon! Little ones will love it, right? And so the big ones, I must say! 🙂

On the way back to Luxembourg, and if the weather is not rainny,   You can stop mid-way at the wonderful Ferme d’Ayaaz, in Attert. It is home to many friendly goats, sheep, poneys, rabbits, chicken… And the entrance is free! Just make sure to check the opening times before hand.

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Useful Information:

Bastogne War Museum

Address: Colline du Mardasson 5-6600, Bastogne
Opening Times: 9.30am to 6pm

Restaurant Wagon Leo

Address: Rue du Vivier 6, Bastogne
Tel. +32 61 21 14 41

Ferme d’Ayaaz

Address: 348, route de l’Ermitage, 6717 Attert

Discovering Luxembourg and Surroundings – Saarland Postcard

Welcome to my brand new post series – “Discovering Luxembourg and Surroundings”. So every week till Summer, I’ll be posting 2 articles with ideas and insider tips on my favorite secret places for one day out (or a weekend out, that’s also fine ;)).

Saarland Postcard

Today, we’ve decided to explore something new, someting unique. And we’ve found it! Just about 40min from Luxembourg city, there is a unique tree-top path way that leads you up to more than 1 thousand meters up and gets you an amazing view over what I always called “The Saarland Postcard”, aka, the Saar Loop.

 

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Source: bawmwipfelfad-saarchleife.de

The walkway is super family friendly and it can all be done with a strolley. Through the way, you find several didactic stations with information about the fauna and flora of the region.

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Then, once you reach the end, there is a nice biergarten on your right with a playground. The big hit is the slide. The next picture speaks for itself!q

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Finish your day with an ice-cream at the nice and sunny terrace by the entrance of the park while the kids can spend some of the left energy running around safely.

Some important notes:

– There is a parking lot by the entrance, but make sure not to forget to pay the ticket, even during the weekend!

-the family ticket costs €21,50 (2 adults and 2 kids) – please see all details and other options at the website.

– the visit takes about 30-40min in total, at a toddler-walking speed.

– There are two options for meal time onsite: the terrace by the entrance or the biergarten by the end of the path.

Website: http://www.baumwipfelpfad-saarschleife.de

Address: Baumwipfelpfad Saarschleife, Cloef-Atrium, 66693 Mettlach, Germany

Enjoy!!

Sharing Some Fun – Decluttering Tips

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For today’s “Sharing Some Fun”, I’ve chosen to declutter!

Yes, that kind of thing we always, but always, say: “Yeah, well, I’ll do it tomorrow!” So here are some great tips to simplify and start doing it right now! 🙂

http://www.yourmodernfamily.com/10-things-throw-give-away-right-now/
Have some (organized) Fun!

Pick of the Week – 4th & 5th October 2014

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Here are my Picks of the Week. Enjoy & Have Fun! 🙂

WHAT: Games to play in family
WHY: The Circle Cite in Place d’Armes will be converted into a big open space with traditional social games for the whole family. The entrance is free and the toy’s company “Ludobus” will be there as well with a showcase.
WHERE: Circle Cite, Place d’Armes, Luxembourg city
WHEN: 4th October, from 10am to 5pm

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WHAT: Father’s Day in Junglister (“Fête des Pères” / “Pappendag”)
WHY: A big party with a lot of different activities for all ages, including face painting, bouncing castle, ballons and mechanical bull. Entrance is free.
WHERE: Centre Commercial Laangwiss 1, Junglister
WHEN: 4th September, from 3pm to 6pm

Sharing Some Fun – Activities for Toddlers

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For today’s “Sharing Some Fun”, I’ve chosen something useful for all parents of little busy minds, aka, TODDLERS! 🙂

If you have little ones in the age range from 1 to 3 years old (not know the precise year-range to classify a “toddler”), you know what I mean:

– They are usually very active;

– They need 200% of your attention on a 24h*7 basis;

– They cannot even consider to be quietly sitted and  enjoying a good book…

Well, they are crazy little sweet toddlers, right? Our precious little ones! 🙂
So, for you, here is a very complete list of fun activities you can do with yor toddlers.

http://creativewithkids.com/toddler-years-must-do-list-activities/
Have Fun!

Pick of the Week – 27th & 28th Sept 2014

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Not sure yet how to entertain your family during the next weekend? Here are my Picks of the Week. Enjoy & Have Fun! 🙂

WHAT: History Alive – 1814 
WHY: The Museum Dräi Eechelen invite everyone to a kind of a “making of” about the last days of the Napolean time, as a way to sign the 200 years of the liberation. More than 150 live figures will represent this moment with demonstrations of the military exercises and simulated cannon fire. There will be also some cafeteria services on place. Access to the open space and animations is free. Entrance to the museum will have a reduced cost of €3.
WHERE: 5, Park Dräi Eechelen, L-1499 Luxembourg
WHEN: 27th September (10am to 7pm) and 28th September (10am to 5pm)

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WHAT: Apple Picking – Steinsel (“Fête des Pommes”)
WHY: A family event full of fun and educational activities. Also, a great opportunity to taste some “apple specialities”. For more details on the event, you can read my blog post from last year (https://expatmuminluxembourg.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/apple-picking-in-steinsel/)
WHERE: Vergers de Steinsel
WHEN: 27/28 Sept, 04/05 Oct, 11/12 Oct, 2014 (10am to 6pm)

Pick of the Week – 20 & 21 Sept 2014

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Not sure yet how to entertain your family during the next weekend? Here are my Picks of the Week. Enjoy & Have Fun! 🙂

WHAT: Luxembourg Portes-Ouvertes
WHY: Unique opportunity to visit the backstage of some very interesting companies in Luxembourg. Some very good examples that will surely be great for your kiddos are: AIR Television (visit the studios in Kirchberg), Red Croix (learn some important tips on first aids at Place d’Arms), Déierenasyl Gaasperech (visit the national animal shelter), Post (see and learn what happens to the letters that we put in those little yellow boxes, at Post warehouse in Bettembourg). Entrance is free. To know more about the activities, you should visit the official webpage (www.portesouvertes.lu) and access to ‘Participants’.
WHERE: Several companies in Luxembourg (www.portesouvertes.lu)
WHEN: 20th and 21st September

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WHAT: Pumpkin Festival – Mersch (“Kürbisfest”)
WHY: In the past, there were pony rides, a giant sand pit, bouncy house, trampoline, pumpkin painting…
Detailed program (not available in english, sorry…)
– Flyer – Front Page (PumpkinFest_Pag1)
– Flyer – Back Page (PumpkinFest_Pag2)
WHERE: Hal Irbicht, Beringen/Mersch
WHEN: 20.09.2014 (17.00-23.00) and 21.09.2014 (10.00-18.00)