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… 🙂


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.


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.




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.



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



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.


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


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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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!!


Para conhecer a agenda completa, visite a página web do seu CONTACTO.

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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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:

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 ( 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 (ço: 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
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


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:

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:

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 (

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(

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

Where to Stay:

Hotel Les Buttes (

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 (

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 (

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

Where to Stay:

Résidence Les Grandes Feignes (

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 (

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 (

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, a very secret list of magical places to visit! Enjoy!!