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After spending the night in Reims, we left the next morning by train to Luxembourg, where we checked into a Doubletree a bit outside of town to spend two nights. As an aside, Doubletree’s always have the best cookies. Anyway, the afternoon was mostly just walking around Luxembourg a bit, including some sort of sightseeing train thing, as well as the Casements and a few other things. The city is really nice, even if the weather was a bit cloudy and dreary.

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Train to Luxembourg

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Train station and around city streets

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On the bus

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Looking out over the city

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Statue of the patron saint-lady, forgot her name already

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Sightseeing train thingy

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More views of the city

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The Casements, fortifiable defensive caves carved into the rock around the city

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More casements pictures

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Kenji

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a church we passed

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Mexican food yuuummmm

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Picture stop

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The next morning we took the train to the castle town of Vianden, where we spend a few hours, before coming back to Luxembourg and getting ready to head on to Germany in the morning.

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View in the morning

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The train station

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And the station near Vianden, from where we took a bus to get to the town proper

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Vianden town

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Grabbing lunch

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Walking up to the castle

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Exploring inside

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There was a special display for Easter featuring amazing egg art

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Looking back at the castle

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The next morning we moved on from Luxembourg to Germany, heading into Cologne (or Koln depending on the spelling) by early afternoon. We only spent the afternoon exploring, but it was enough to see the main attractions: a big bridge spanning the river Mosel, and the big Cathedral near the train station. Koln was our last stop before Amsterdam.

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Around the bridge in Koln

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Thousands of locks were on the bridge, usually declaring the love of a couple, but sometimes families as well. I liked seeing all the different styles of locks and the names

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Then the Cathedral which was frankly imposing

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But with really gorgeous stained glass windows

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A piece of the roof on display

So that was Luxembourg and Germany. Last up is Amsterdam!