Friday, August 12, 2005

Clervaux

It was at one of the weekends, during our stay in Paris, a friend and I rented a car to travel to Luxembourg. Our first stop was Clervaux, a peaceful and cosy town in the northern part of that little landlocked country which shares the borders with Belgium, France and Germany.

Clervaux started as a village during the middle ages and then turned into a market town. It’s a good place to spend a few hours to see what it has to offer as a medieval town without the tourist buses (at least, I didn’t see any).

We parked our rental car at the car park below the castle. Right next to it we saw a photographic exhibition with a few huge photographs displayed with the title of “Images de Romanie” by Patrick Galbats. From there we walked to the Clervaux Parish Church at the back of the castle.

The church was built in Rhenish-Romanesque style in 1910 and looked great with the location at the hilltop. It was a Saturday afternoon in late November and the weather was not great, maybe that was the reason why the streets in the centre were so quiet while we wandered around the town. Anyway, the population of Clervaux is only around 1800.

We later walked back to the car park and up the hill to check out the castle. The Ch√Ęteau de Clervaux was originally built in the 12th century and continually being enlarged till the 17th century. It was damaged during the Second World War and restored afterwards. The castle now houses the photographic exhibition of “The Family of Man” by Edward Steichen. Apart from the exhibition section, I also saw the local authority office and tourist office in the castle.

The next day we visited Luxemburg City and Vianden.

1 comment:

  1. I should have gone, but as I remember I was quite broke. :P

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