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Luxembourg 2014-1

Notre Dame Cathedral of the city of Luxembourg at Sunrise


I have spent the last week in the small country of Luxembourg. The only reason for me to come here was because I had never been here and I was curious about a country smaller than the state of Rhode Island. As an American, we are used to everything being large, super-sized. Texas is a huge state, it could easily be a country but it’s part of the USA.

As a representative democracy with a constitutional monarch, Luxembourg is headed by a grand duke and is the world’s only remaining grand duchy. Luxembourg is a developed country, with an advanced economy and the world’s second highest GDP per capita, after Qatar. It has a population of 500,000 people, half the population of Fairfax County, Virginia.
Its central location has historically made it of strategic importance to numerous powers, dating back to its founding as a Roman fortress, its hosting of a vital Frankish castle during the Early Middle Ages, and its role as a bastion for the Spanish Road between 16th and 17th centuries.
More about this place tomorrow…

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