Mother's Day: 3 capital cities to discover with mom
And if this year, to celebrate mom, you opt for a mother-daughter getaway? Promenade, shopping, culture, ... We have selected 3 capitals not too far from Luxembourg to escape the time of an extended weekend!
Amsterdam (406km from Luxembourg)
The city, very photogenic, offers you the opportunity to discover it from the water, by cruising the canals . This discovery can be extended by bike: it is very simple to rent one, especially since it is the preferred means of transport for Amsterdam residents. A fun way to discover, among others, the Negen Straatjes (9 alleys) where there are many shops and bars.
A visit to the capital of the Netherlands is an opportunity to discover a little more the country, by visiting the Rijksmusem which traces its history through various objects such as sculptures, models or photographs. The place is also famous for the paintings it houses, like the Dairy of Vermeer. When leaving, do not forget the famous icon of the city, the letters "I Amsterdam" , in front of which the tourists press to be photographed.
The Dutch city hosts other museums that are also worth visiting. The Van Gogh Museum proposes to discover more than 200 works by the painter, while the amateurs of modern art, they, flock to the Stedelijk Museum, nicknamed the bathtub because of the original form of its extension.
It is also in Amsterdam that is the Anne Frank house, became famous after the publication of his diary written during the 2nd World War. The visit of this house allows to discover the living conditions and the small rooms in which the girl lived with her family and some friends.
For shopping, visit the Kalverstraat, Nieuwendijk and PC Hooftstraat , which are lined with well-known boutiques and antique shops. If you like to stroll, the markets are a very good alternative. The one with flowers is a must : Located along the Singel Canal, it is an opportunity to discover admire sublime varieties, including tulips that are the reputation of the country.
On the restaurant side, you will easily find your happiness in the Leidsestraat and the Dam Square area. Local dishes include raw herring , which can be served in rolls and accompanied by onions and gherkins, but also stamppot , a mix of mashed potatoes and vegetables, usually accompanied by sausages. Sugar lovers will enjoy a stroopwafel , two fine waffles glued together and stuffed with caramel syrup.
Paris (373km from Luxembourg)
Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris deserves its title. A boat trip on the Seine will give you the opportunity to see you, while admiring the beauty of its buildings.
Another way to see Paris in its best light: g Climb, via the stairs or funicular, to Sacré-Coeur, and admire a breathtaking 180-degree view of the French capital . Then lose yourself in the pretty streets of Montmartre.
Another place worth visiting is Ile Saint-Louis. Along its quays, you can stroll through this peaceful place whose architecture is worth a look.
For shopaholics, why not leave the famous boulevard avenues known for their big brands, for the Marais? In this trendy neighborhood, you will find unique pieces that you will not see anywhere else: what to be at the forefront of fashion!
If the Marais is also the place to go for a brunch, do not forget to honor the local gastronomy , which is recognized around the world. Specialties include steak tartare, snails, frog legs, beef bourguignon, or veal blanquette. To end on a sweet note, do not miss a Paris-Brest, a millefeuille or profiteroles .
Your stay is also an opportunity to visit one or the other museum. The famous Louvre obviously, which offers a fast circuit for those in a hurry . In addition to discover world famous works such as The Mona Lisa and The Raft of the Medusa, you can walk near the famous pyramid. You can also opt for the Musée d'Orsay which presents a collection of paintings, including Monet, Renoir and Gauguin. Modern art lovers, for their part, will visit the Pompidou Center.
If the art of perfumery intrigues you, go to the Perfume Museum , which will reveal all the secrets of manufacture, and which will also allow you to create your own fragrance in his workshop.
Brussels (223km from Luxembourg)
Start your journey on the Grand Place, the most beautiful in the world as Victor Hugo said! After admiring its Town Hall and its richly decorated facades, walk a few hundred meters to discover the Manneken Pis, the statue of a small naked boy urinating, and who usually wears a suit (he has more than 900) in connection with the news.
Not far from the Grand Place also, the Galerie de la Reine, which is home to many luxury shops and chocolatiers , and is particularly worth visiting for its sublime glass roof.
Chocolate is obviously not the only Belgian specialty. You are of course obliged to taste the fries that make the reputation of the country, and do not miss out on dishes such as Flemish stew (beef stew with beer sauce), chicory au gratin (endives rolled in a slice of ham and served with bechamel sauce) or shrimp croquettes. All accompanied, of course, a Belgian beer (there are more than 2,000) !
To digest your meal, stroll around Place Poelaert, where you will discover a panorama of the city . Continue your tour in the district of Marolles: one of its places, that of the Jeu de Balles, hosts every weekend a flea market.
After you were photographed in front of the Royal Palace, it is now time to make a little shopping. Take the direction of Avenue Louise and Rue Neuve to run the shops. If you want to discover young trendy Belgian designers, go for a walk in Rue Dansaert.
To end your stay, Belgium is the country of surrealism, opt for a visit to the Magritte Museum , which includes more than a hundred works of the painter. If art is not your cup of tea, leave the city center and discover the Atomium, one of the symbols of the country . This giant iron atom, designed for the Universal Exhibition of 1958, is composed of 9 spheres. Part of it is accessible to the public: the one at the top will offer you an exceptional view of the Belgian capital.