The Luxembourg City Guide


Luxembourg is the small country located between France, Germany and Belgium. The small country has a population of less than a million and only the one airport to fly in and out of. However although the country is small it has a lot to offer within its capital Luxembourg City. From cobbled streets to pretty rivers with breath-taking bridges to cross. We found the city full of pretty sights and landscapes, with every street being prettier than the last and due to the hills the city has the most stunning views.

Luxembourg is already extremely pretty with its light pastel coloured buildings and stunning views. Add the autumn season to this and you have one of the prettiest cities in autumn!

Come and explore with us . . .
How to get to the city . . .

Due to the city being small there are only a couple of ways to get into the city from the airport. However it is still simple and easy to get from the airport to the city. As long as you know where you are heading you will be able to get into the city quick and easy.

Taxi: As soon as you walk out of the airport you will be welcomed by a line of waiting taxi's. A taxi into the city is simple and easy, in around 20 minutes you will be in the city and ready to explore. Although quick and easy, the only let down is that it is a more expensive option than using public transport. This will cost approximately 20-25 euros.

Bus: The bus is also conveniently located just outside of the airport. The number 16 bus comes along every 30 minutes which will take you directly into the city. The 25 minute journey will cost you only 4 euros for a day ticket. Your ticket can be brought from the machine at the bus stop, unless it is a sunday which means the bus is free as some shops and attractions are closed. The bus photo above is what you need to look out for.
Getting around the city . . .

This is simple to figure out, if you want to explore the city and see what it has to offer then the best way to get around the city is to walk. You will see more of the city and get to where you want to be much faster. Although the city is full of lots of hills and steps walking is still the easiest and best way to get around.

If you however are not in the city to explore or you only want to get from one place to another then you can always get a taxi. There is also a little road train which you can use to see the city without walking everywhere. You would have to check where the train goes when you get on as it can only use the main roads in the city.
What to see and do . . .

Although Luxembourg city is small you will still find lots to see and do. If you are also walking to each sight (which we would highly recommend) then you will also be able to see lots of amazing views and landscapes from the hills. You will find that the majority of the sights are spread out which makes exploring more fun.

Grand Ducal Palace, Luxembourg: This is the pretty brick building pictured a couple above, which is made up of lots of pretty turrets. This is the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and where he performs the majority of his duties.  The palace is located within the centre of the city, which is easy accessible by foot and by car if you can find somewhere to park. You are able to go for guided tours of the palace, however these only take place between mid July and August. As we had gone at a time which was not available for guided tours we could not go inside. The palace is however stunning from the outside and a must see if you are in the city. 

Luxembourg City Museum: This is the national museum for Luxembourg. Filled with ever changing exhibitions, the museum is always exciting and different. They do however always have the Luxembourg story exhibition which tells the story of Luxembourg and its history. Therefore you are able to learn about Luxembourg and see another exciting exhibition at the same time. The museum is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. There is also an additional opening of 6pm-8pm on a Thursday where you can enter free of charge. At other times it is 5 euros to enter with the exception if you are under 26 and a student or over 60 years old. 
The city also has lots more attractions and sights to see which we was not able to explore. If you however would like to see the views and landscapes of the city then walking and exploring is the best thing. We was able to walk down lots of quant little roads; experience the prettiest views and get a feel for the real Luxembourg. 
We found Autumn the prettiest season to visit Luxembourg! 
If Autumn is your favourite season then this is the country you need to visit! 
Have you ever been to Luxembourg? We would love to know any recommendations?

Love Chloe and Megan

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Vegan Victoria Sponge

When it come to summer and we feel the urge to bake we instantly think about Victoria sponge cakes! For some reason they just feel like such a summer cake to bake. We of course made a vegan one and we also added all the fruit to the top not only to make it look extra special but to also make the most of the berries that are in season. We just can't get enough of them!

For the sponge
- 400g Self raising flour
- 1 1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
- 250g Caster sugar
- 100ml Olive oil
- 400ml Almond milk
- 3 tbsp Maple syrup 
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract 

For the filling
- Strawberry/ Raspberry Jam (As much as you want)
- Buttercream - Icing flour & vegan butter (Ratio 1 butter, 5 Icing sugar)

1. Preheat the oven to 180c fan and grease your two cake tins.
2. In the mixing bowl sift the Flour, Bicarbonate of soda and Sugar and mix together.
3. In a separate bowl whisk the Olive oil, Almond milk, Maple syrup and Vanilla.
4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix together. 
5. Evenly spoon the mixture into your two greased cake tins. 
6. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes until your sponge is risen and cooked through.
7. Leave to cool for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack. 
8. Once the cake is completely cooled you may put together with the filling and decorated as you wish.
9. Make sure you take a quick photo to share with us before enjoying your cake!

We would love to know if you make this recipe and see your photos! Be sure to tag us on Instagram!
Love Megan

Guinness Storehouse | Dublin

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is the capital of Ireland and as you probably know Ireland are well known for their Guinness. Due to this it would only be right that we visited the Guinness storehouse brewery on our recent visit to Dublin. This city is home to the Guinness storehouse and the brewery where you can go for tours to learn about the beer; learn how it is made and how to pour the perfect pint for yourself.
Getting to the brewery:

Located at St James gate on market street you can get to the brewery by either car, foot, bus or tram.

Car:: We travelled to the brewery by car as we had a courtesy car for the day. This is probably the easiest way to get to the brewery if you are a driver as you can make your own way there. Once there the brewery have their own car park which is easy to find by following the sign posts. This is free for the day. This means no worrying about how long you are taking in the brewery or how much the parking is going to cost you. You will be able to find the car park on crane street which is around the corner from the storehouse entrance. As soon as you are all parked up you can spend as long as you wish learning about the beer inside the experience.

However if you do drive remember you can not drink!!

The brewery is just a short walk around the corner from the car park. When you enter and exit the car park the parking attendant will lift the gate for you so you wont need to worry about how you get in and out for free. As long as you return during the opening hours of the brewery your car will be fine.

Foot:: The storehouse is just a 20 minute walk from the centre of the city by foot. This is a great idea if you are planning to drink while at the experience.

Bus:: This is the quickest way of transport to the storehouse due to the amount of bus lanes in the city. From the centre it is just a short 10 minute journey. You can hop on bus 123 from O'Connell street or from Dame street. Both buses run every 8-10 minutes and take you straight to the storehouse.

Tram:: This may be a little confusing unless you know how to ride the tram. The storehouse does not offer any information about where to get the tram or which one to get on. However they do provide information for the nearest stop to the brewery which is at: St James' Hospital. If you know how to ride the tram and can read the tram map this is the stop you will need to head for. 

You can either pre-book your tickets or pay for tickets upon arrival. When you pre-book you are able to choose your time of arrival, however if you pay upon arrival you may have to wait for your tickets if it is busy.

Tip: Pre-booking tickets can save you time and money.

Pre-booked tickets:: You are able to book tickets for the experience up to 3 months in advance. This would be a great idea if you need a specific date or time to visit the storehouse. The price of the tickets for adults vary depending on the day, time and the advance time of your booking. Starting from €14 each the price can vary by 30% during busy periods.

Upon arrival you can print your tickets from the ticket machines located on your rights as you enter. All you will need to do to print your tickets is know you reference number to put into the machine. Your tickets come with a drinks token on the bottom which you can use during your experience for your complementary drink.

Pre-book your tickets: here.

Buying tickets:: You are able to purchase tickets on the day upon entering the experience. However bare in mind that if you are buying tickets on the day it could be rather busy which could mean a wait for you.

If you are a Guinness lover this is the place for you!

Inside the experience you are able to learn about the process the beer goes through and which ingredients are inside. As you rise through the experience you get to learn more about behind the scenes of the brand and how they have grown. You can see how every aspect of development from the design of the beer barrels to the method of advertising has been vital to achieve where Guinness is today! 
When it comes to the floor for advertising you will find every advert and product that has been used to advertise Guinness since it was established. This is rather impressive to see - you will be speechless by the amount of advertisements Guinness have had!

You can buy souvenirs with these advertisements on in the shop on the ground floor!
Cooperage Café:
Inside the storehouse there is a little café which sells a wide variety of snacks and beverages for a little rest during your tour. You can sit and eat these in the café which provides lots of seating or you can grab a drink to take with you for the rest of the experience.
Photo booths:
The photo booths are where you can take funny pictures of you with previous advertisements. These will then appear on ipads outside for you and everyone else to see.
As you get near the top of the experience you get to start tasting the beer! It is optional to go into the tasting rooms where you are taught about which ingredients are needed to make the beer and why each one is important. You are able to smell each ingredient from different smoke vents within the room.

Upon leaving the room you are given your little taster to take through with you!
Your little Guinness taster (which is about 3 gulps big) is given to you so you can be taught the proper way to drink a pint of Guinness. The accurate way of drinking ensures that you don't end up with a foam moustache!
Time to pour your own pint . . .

Now with your complementary drinks voucher which came with your ticket you can use it to learn to pour the perfect pint. You will need to que up and wait until a bartender is free to teach you. A group of you will be directed to a free bar where you will be taught how to hold the glass; how to hold the handle and where to pour up to in your pint glass.

Each person will get a turn of pouring their pint which is yours to drink!
If you decide not to use your drinks voucher to pour your own pint then you can use it to get your pint in at the gravity bar which is on the top floor of the storehouse. Don't worry if you have used your voucher you can always purchase another pint or another drink of your choice if you don't fancy another pint!
From the gravity bar at the top of the storehouse you can see across Dublin.
We hope this has inspired you to take a trip to Dublin!

Love Chloe and Megan

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