Mar 1, 2012

Well... not that Luxembourgish :)

I have already a Luxembourgish friend. A good one indeed. 

He has lived here for whole life, he has been paying attention to the evolution of the city and as a complementary activity, he has done some research on this matter. I am learning many things from him.

Here there are some...

a) The state acquired almost all "the town of Kirchberg" by compulsory purchase.

Kirchberg, (for those who don't realize of he similarities in all languages: the town of the church, Kirch - church & Berg - town) was a tiny village with a small church surrounded by agricultural land, located on a huge plain on the North East of the centre.
The purpose for this compulsory purchase was to built all the buildings for the European Union, expand the businesses in Luxembourg and spread the population.

One day I'll take some pics for you.

b) Lawyers didn't want to move their offices to Kirchberg (which demosnstrates how powerful this lobby is in Luxembourg). They remain in the city centre in new buildings, shaped as the classical Luxembourgish ones, due to a serious warning of losing UNESCO's distinction of Heritage of the World in the case of the new buildings looked so different from the existing ones).

c) La Place Guillaume II, where there the city hall is located and there is a market every Saturday morning is called by Luxembourgish people "Knuedler", which means "knot" and derives from the rope-belt worn by Franciscan monks from the friary that once were in the same place... I SHOULD ASK HIM WHAT ALDRINGEN MEANS!!!. (For the next post! :)

Well, I am TALKING AND TALKING BUT I DON'T REACH THE POINT!!!!!. I'll tell you more anecdotes in a different occasion.

What I wanted to say is that after "walking in the forest" as another Luxembourgish citizen I have been told that many of them go walking in Kirchberg (so I am not that Luxembourgish). They park the car and in the piece of land that has not been developed and start walking. It's funny because people arrive (i.e. with the kids) and start walking till the end of the path and then they come back. One can't stop greeting every walker, every sec "bonjour!".

There are two Roman paved roads crossing these fields.... 

Since the Kirchberg plateau is plain and very high, walking on that field allows you to see Thionville (in France), Belgium, and the whole Luxembourg city.

Have a good night

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