Now that I’m pursuing dual-citizenship, I check daily for interesting news about the Grand Duchy. Most of the news coming out of the small, landlocked country involves banking and finance, which might be boring to those reading this blog, but every once in a while I find something worth reposting. I stumbled across an article from the travel section of the South China Morning Post that lists some more reasons to fall in love with the world’s only duchy. Here’s three facts I found the most interesting; check out the article to read the rest.
1. Known in the 17th and 18th centuries as the “Gibraltar of the North” owing to its impressive fortifications, Luxembourg City boasts a hugely atmospheric 23-kilometre network of underground galleries, which is now a Unesco World Heritage site. These are known as “casemates” – the word means fortified gun emplacements – and they were carved out of the city’s rocks.
2. A surprising 43 per cent of its population was born abroad, and locals speak at least four languages – German, French, Luxemburgish and English.
3. With 110,000 inhabitants and 16 Michelin stars, Luxembourg claims to have the most stars per capita of any city in the world. Two-star Mosconi enjoys an enviable location on the banks of the Alzette river in the heart of the Grund and offers some fantastic Italian dishes.
In other news, the inaugural is next week. Sarah and I walked around the Capitol to see the progress on the construction of the stage for the inaugural. We also stopped by the U.S. Botanic Gardens.