The history of Luxembourg begins with the acquisition of Lucilinburhuc (now called Castle of Luxembourg, situated in the Bock cliff) by Siegfried, Count of Ardennes in 963, through an act of exchange with the Abbey of St. Maximin in Trier. Around this fort a town gradually developed, becoming the center of a state of great strategic value. In 1437 there was a serious crisis in the royal family of Luxembourg, the lack of a male descendant to take the throne, which led to Duchess Elisabeth to sell the territory to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. After this time the Grand Duchy prospered, being ruled by different royal families.

          In 2007 I spent two days in Luxembourg, and I was delighted with a city so clean, orderly, beautiful and unlike anything I had ever seen in my travels around the world. On the first day we just walk, started by Avenue de la Liberté and its beautiful shops, passed in front of the magnificent building of the Bank of Luxembourg and went to Adolphe Bridge, to enjoy the beautiful park on the river Petrusse with many green and flowery gardens. The people of Luxembourg down dozens of steps to go hiking in this park, which is a hundred feet below the bridge and the city center.

          Then we cross the bridge, follow the Boulevard Franklin Delano Roosevelt and visited the Monument Souvenir, in remembrance of those killed in the First World War. We follow the boulevard and visited the National Monument of Solidarity, erected in memory of those who died in World War II, also known as Munument of the Eternal Flame, because in front there is a sculpture with a flame that never goes out. We crossed the river again by Viaduc (Passerelle) and return by the Boulevard de la Petrusse.

          At the end of the day we returned to the hotel, where we savor a delicious dinner and a well deserved rest. The next day we visited other city attractions, such as the church of Sacre Coeur de Luxembourg, the National Museum of Art and History, the Palace of the Grand Duke, the Citadel of the Holy Spirit, American Cemetery, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Casemates of Bock Cliff, Path of Cornice and the Museum of Modern Art in Luxembourg.

          The multicultural nature of Luxembourg (which has been dominated by the Burgundians, Spanish, French, Austrians and Prussians) is demonstrated by the prominent place it occupies in Europe. Precursor of the European Community (Robert Schuman was born there, who in 1950 launched the idea of the European Union), and Luxembourg are the headquarters of several major European organizations, such as the Court of Justice of the European Union.

          When leaving the city of Luxembourg by the A3 road and about to take the Autoroute de l'Est bound for Strasbourg, thought I would live quietly in Luxembourg if it were possible, despite having other preferences, as it is an extremely clean organized and secure town. Should be very good to live in a place where there is no inflation, where the crimes are so rare that soon turn into the headlines, in a place so beautiful and peaceful. They say that Portuguese is the third most spoken language in the Grand Duchy (after the German and French), due to the large number of immigrants...

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