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December 4, 2020

Luxembourg:public transports!!

This is one of my favorite countries of Europe and one we had visited since earlier times in 1991 onwards many times. I, of course, have several posts about Luxembourg in my blog, city and country. However, I notice came in bits and pieces on public transports and we have our share of them here. Therefore, let me tell you a bit about them in this small quant picturesque country of Europe.

As a disclaimer, we have come most of the time by car, once by airplane, and once by train. This is my take on transports in Luxembourg.

The roads are easy and expressway all the way from France to Luxembourg. Initially, we went from Versailles going around the BP or boulevard Périphérique of Paris and then the A86 extension around greater Paris to connect with the A4 towards ,Metz, and getting off on the A31 towards Luxembourg.

Later years, we went fro the Morbihan breton in Bretagne along the free tolls road of the N24, and N136 by Rennes to A84 to exit 29 by Fougéres, and onwards on the N12 dir Alençon, Dreux, and Versailles. Getting on the A86 big beltway around Paris to connect with the A4, by Metz connect with the A31 to Luxembourg

Upon entering Luxembourg city we had some parking choices; most of the trips we parked at Théatre in city center, very convenient and we love it. Otherwise, we did so at Auchan shopping center at Kirschberg where the free parking was handy to get on bus 16 that comes from the Findel airport as well to city center Luxembourg. Other parkings we have used are the train station or Gare and Monterey near the Place d’Armes.

The laws on transport and route driving in Luxembourg in French :https://transports.public.lu/fr.html

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Of course, in other towns we have used either undergroun parking or above ground public parking, easy secure and close to the city centers. Once in a while we have done off street parking too.

 There is a nice airport Luxembourg-Findel  outside of Luxembourg city so at Findel, and we have stayed by it with easy connection by bus 16 to the city center, and of course by car. Luxembourg airport  is commonly call the “lux-Airport” yet it is at Findel located east of the city at the border with the municipal administrations of Niederanven and Sandweiler. If no car, direct from the city you can take buses 16 and 29. From the city driving you get on the beltway A6 exit 7 or 9. Airport webpage: https://www.lux-airport.lu/

From the city center Hamilius quai 1 bus depot we have taken bus line 1 to Kirchberg right by the Auchan shopping center! Nice ride lol! See we do take public transports too even in Europe!! 

City of Luxembourg bus lines where we have taken line 1 and 16. City of Luxembourg on bus schedules: https://www.vdl.lu/fr/se-deplacer/en-bus/horaires-et-depart-en-temps-reel/lignes

The tramway linking Luxexpo to its opening and the Grand Duchess Charlotte bridge via avenue John F. Kennedy; the tram is linked to Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg station located on line 1 by the funicular. In addition, numerous AVL and RGTR bus lines connect the district to Ville-Haute (upper town) and neighboring villages. 

The tramway line network Luxtram for info as never taken it is here: http://www.luxtram.lu/fr/la-ligne/

The tramway line 1 goes from Kirchberg, Luxexpo , Centre, Stäreplaz, and Étoile.  Another transports not taken there is the taxi; there are taxi stands all over the city.

The district of Grund is located in 20 minutes thereabout on foot from the central train station of Luxembourg city. And of course, we had walked to it and back. This is the Gare Centrale at Place de la Gare. The train specific webpage is CFL here: https://www.cfl.lu/fr-fr/timetable

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The CFL manages and operates the Luxembourg rail network, the Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg funicular, bus lines, mostly on behalf of the General Road Transport Regime and a car-sharing service called Flex. The shares of the company are distributed as follows: 94% the Luxembourg State, 4% the Belgian State and 2% the French State. The bit of history here is that this came about on April 17, 1946, an agreement was signed between Luxembourg, France and Belgium. The Luxembourg National Railway Company (CFL) was officially created on May 14, 1946 and took over the concessions of the Guillaume-Luxembourg and Prince-Henri networks, as well as those of the State-owned narrow gauge railways (CVE) in 1934.

The Mobiliteit network that comes about from the Verkéiersverbond which ensure maximum comfort for public transport customers and to educate the general public about the use of active and sustainable mobility. Its work is carried out in close collaboration with its partners: Autobus de la Ville de Luxembourg (AVL), the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois (SNCFL), the Luxembourg Federation of Bus and Coach Operators (FLEAA) , the General Road Transport Regime (RGTR), the Intercommunal Transport of People in the Canton of Esch-sur-Alzette (TICE) and Luxtram. This one covers trains, buses, trams in Luxembourg country ,here is their trip planner. https://www.mobiliteit.lu/fr/planificateur/

The city of Luxembourg info on bikes, but never done it here for info only:https://www.vdl.lu/fr/se-deplacer/velo-ou-pied/location-et-services-velos/velo-en-ville

The Pétrusse Express is the tourist train that takes you on a run to visit the city of Luxembourg, especially the lower town. The departure is about every 30 minutes and located at the Montée de Clausen near the bunkers of the Bock. Many years ago on our first trip we took them for a starter, wonderful experience to come back later to specific sights. Webpage: https://www.moyocci.com/en/product/143963/petrusse-express

And there now feel better to have in my blog our transports escapades in Luxembourg,especially Luxembourg city. Hope you enjoy it as I did telling you.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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December 4, 2020

The cable car at Koblenz!

And here I go again, updating and revising older posts, this time in Germany. I had a good time in Koblenz and with the family, many nice memories. One of them had briefly mentioned in older posts but figure deserves a post of its own.

The one activity we like here other than eating /drinking was taking the cable car across the Rhine river. A wonderful thing to do and great views, recommended to all! I still found one picture so here is the post update.

The Cable car at Koblenz  offers spectacular view on the concourse of Rhine and Moselle rivers through the large windows of the panorama cabins. From the foot of the cable car, it is only a short walk to the popular Deutsches Eck or German Corner. The cable car is a 3S cable car lift that connects the city center to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress by going over the Rhine river. It was inaugurated in 2010 as part of the 2011 flower expo.

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The cable car is a 3S cable car lift , which connects the city center to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress over the Rhine river . It was inaugurated in 2010 as part of the 2011 Floral exhibition. It is a disengageable cable car consisting of two carrying cables and a towing cable. The lift has 18 cabins with a capacity of 35 persons each distributed along the line.  The cable car line is only 949 meters long (making it the shortest 3S cable car in the world), has a vertical drop of 114 meters and has two pylons. The downstream station Deutsches Eck or German Corner is located on the right bank of the Rhine river, near the Basilica of St. Castor (see post apart on it!)and the mouth of the Moselle. This station houses the driving part of the installation. The upstream station is located just off the northern front of the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress from where passengers can easily access it.

The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress was once accessible by road or by a small 1-seater chairlift built in 1959, the lower station of the latter was located on the left bank of the Rhine. This chairlift was dismantled in 2009 when the town of Koblenz opted for the construction of a new ski lift, more accessible, faster and more efficient. In addition, this new lift was going to serve as an attraction for the floral exposition of 2011. The 3S cable car technology was adopted since this type of lift has the advantages of having a very high throughput for the transport of passengers as well as a high wind resistance. The work was entrusted to the Austrian company Doppelmayr. The cable car site began on April 15, 2009, the lower station, the upper station and the pylons were completed at the end of that same year. The cable then the cabins were installed at the beginning of 2010. The work was completed in June, then the cable car was inaugurated on July 2, 2010 and opened to the public two days later.

Some additional webpages to help you enjoy this unique ride in pretty Koblenz to follow

The official cable car webpage for ticketing ,info etc. https://www.seilbahn-koblenz.de/homepage.html

The Koblenz tourist office on the cable car: https://www.koblenz-tourism.com/culture/koblenz-attractions/koblenz-cable-car.html

The Rheinland-Pfalz regional tourist board on the cable car: https://www.rlp-tourismus.com/en/infosystem/infosystem/Seilbahn-Ruedesheim_Ruedesheim-am-Rhein/infosystem.html

A wonderful superbe webcam of the Deutsches Eck or German Corner: http://webtv.feratel.com/webtv/?design=v3&cam=3300&design=v3&c32=0

So there you go folks a nice side thing to do in pretty Koblenz ,good for the whole family and my boys still remember fondly of it. Hope you enjoy the post and do visit Koblenz when possible.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

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December 4, 2020

Indonesia: Malang and Ngoro!!

So again going over old posts and wonderful memories of my travels in the last few years from my belle France. I take you back again to exotic Indonesia and new towns visited. Let me tell you a bit again on Surabaya and the new towns of Malang and Ngoro.

My month long trip continue as from the Philippines flew to Jakarta and transfer to Surabaya Juanda airport for the next week. I have written before on Surabaya but the other two towns are new footprints of me ::)

From Manila took a Philippine Airline flight to Jakarta at Terminal 2, changing to Garuda Airline flight to Surabaya Juanda airport.

Once out had shuttle to my home base hotel , the always every time I have come here Somerset Hotel and Résidences, great place where by now many in front desk know me. This is an all inclusive property with hotel rooms and apartments, tennis basketball courts nice outdoor swimming pool, covered secured parking, and big rooms and baths all with AC of course;temp went up to 38C !!! Right Inside the old Somerset you have the Pyramide bar (still kept by the new owners! )a great place to hang out Watch TV and drink bintang beers!  As in previous updates you know they have change ownership and name and now are call the Verwood Hotel and Serviced Residences. Webpage: http://www.verwoodhotel.com/

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From the hotel was an easy ride to Ngoro, passing by the great Volcano on the horizon, nice view but its active so nice to have it dormant every time I visit !!! Nice business trip to Ngoro Industrial Park in nearby Mojokerto.  If interested for what is there, here is their webpage: https://www.intiland.com/en/industrial/mojokerto/ngoro-industrial-park/

For sightseeing in this area two places that were recommended to me if indeed more time were the  Jedong Temple  a sort of gate temple, in the shape of Paduraksan, a type of gate which its roof merged.  More on a East Java webpage here:https://www.eastjava.com/books/majapahit/html/jedong_temple.html

And the beforementioned volcano. They are located halfway between the city of Surabaya and Kawah Ijen, Mount Bromo  whose name probably comes from a deformation of the name of the Hindu god Brahma  is one of the most known and most frequented in this region of Southeast Asia. Mount Bromo is located in the Tengger Caldera and shares the landscape with Mount Batok and the towering Mount Semeru, the region’s highest point at 3676 meters above sea level. These three volcanoes are part of the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, which is also home to lakes and rivers, as well as extraordinary endemic flora and fauna. More here from Indonesia tourist board: https://www.indonesia.travel/fr/en/destinations/java/bromo-tengger-semeru-national-park

While back in Surabaya I had more time to enjoy some shopping and eating at famliar faces. I enjoyed the Ciputra World Surabaya Mall, a wonderful place full of shops, restos and great promenade on the top floor with asiatic decoration along a lineup of restaurants including my old favorite Pizza Hut. Webpagehttp://ciputraworldsurabaya.com/mall/directory

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While in town near the above hotel had a wonderful local crab place , this is as local as you can get here finger liking and all. cook right on the spot wonderful crabs. The place address is Jalan Raya Kupang Indah No. 45 C-D, Surabaya and the name is Kepiting Cak Gundul . More on this local webpagehttps://id.openrice.com/en/surabaya/r-kepiting-cak-gundul-1992-dukuh-pakis-seafood-r22152

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The Surabaya tourist office: http://www.surabayatourism.com/

Again, set out to visit a new town, Malang! While visiting Malang , I stop by for lunch at the Warung Bu Kris restaurant again very local traditional cuisine. this is at Jl. Ciliwung No.31, Kota Malang, where I had some local fried rice, fried fish, and the shredded beef ,wonderful! again local webpage here: https://www.diarysivika.com/2015/04/warung-bu-kris-cabang-pandaan.html

A pleasant town, Malang was the preferred resting place for European planters during colonial times. The old inhabitants of the region nickname it the “Paris of East Java”. The city is the seat of the diocese of Malang with the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel . From colonial times, Malang kept many religious buildings: Jami Mosque, Church of the Sacred Heart (Gereja Hati Kudus Yesus), Cathedral of Saint Teresa (Gereja Ijen or Katedral Santa Theresia), and Chinese Temple (Eng An Kiong).

All passing by colorful places like Miami Chicken, and Persada Hospital ,and the market at Singapori. Again deep into Java island Indonesian places; vivid pictures and people I won’t forget easy. A great séjour stay in colorful exotic  Indonesia.

The Indonesia travel board on Malanghttps://www.indonesia.travel/fr/en/destinations/java/malang

Now I feel better to have all this info in my blog for the memories and future travel headups. Hope you enjoy this part of our world, Indonesia! there still a lot more to cover, and looking forward to better times for travel.

In the meantime, remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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