Easter Week end At Le Clervaux, Boutique & Design Hotel, Clervaux, Luxembourg

Finally this year we decided to leave Luxembourg for Easter break.

Considering the bad weather forecast and the fact we did not want to spend all day travelling, we booked at Le Clervaux, a hotel boutique located in Clervaux, in the north of Luxembourg.

We took our train on Sunday morning – actually bus plus train, as there were some works on the road – and we got to Clervaux in around one hour and a half.

The village is lovely and the hotel is about ten minutes walking from the station.

Things we loved about our stay

– Our suite was huge. TV in the bathroom, shower and bath, king size bed, Nespresso machine, minibar, amazing wardrobe. Nothing was really missing, it was the perfect room.
– The breakfast the morning after was also outstanding – we had even champagne.
– We booked our stay because of the wellness center in the hotel and we had mostly great time. The “sauna world” has sauna, salt grotto, steam bath, relaxation area and much more. Clean and relaxing. We had also a “couple massage” for 30 minutes that was super.
– The hotel has two restaurants – a gastronomic Italian one (Da Lonati) and a steakhouse/pizzeria (Rhino). We tried the steakhouse, had some shared charcuterie as starter and cote¬†a l’os and steak for main (#foodporn pictures are following the post). Delicious. I would not exclude to visit it again even if a bit far from the city, as it was one of the best meat I had in my life – to remind: yummy truffle mayonnaise and extremely kind service.
– There was also an elegant bar – Cabana Lounge -, that was very animated, where we get drunk after dinner – to remove all the wellness hours’ benefits ūüėõ

The only thing we did not like very much:

– The pool area was shared with the next door hotel and was full of kids. I honestly prefer hotels without kids but I am pretty sympathetic if they are well-behaving. In this case, they were just diving in the pool, making a lot of noises and using the Jacuzzi for their games. I would say this was not the situation for kids. If you book a boutique hotel with only suites, you won’t expect to share common area with another hotel for families. We ended up not using the pool as it was really messy.

On Monday morning there was a market just next to the Castle and we spent some hours around – notwithstanding the cold.

In conclusion, it was a lovely break and if you would like to have some relax without travelling too much, it is definitely recommended Рmaybe off-peak season in order to avoid confusion.

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Eighteen things I would suggest to myself when I was eighteen, now

Dear Corie,

You don’t know me, but one day you will.¬†Anyway, a quick introduction would¬†help:¬†I am a young lady in my 30s, I¬†got married six months ago, I have a good job in finance¬†and I’ve just started doing short summaries of this “first part” of my life. I am happy, for sure, but now, when I look around me, everything looks like “easy“. You know what I mean?¬†Well, I don’t think so. No more love pains, no more¬†arguments with friends,¬†I don’t find I have anything special to accomplish in my day-to-day¬†life. My biggest challenges are what to cook for dinner, where to dine during the week-end, when to schedule next hairdresser appointment, what I would love to receive for my birthday. Yes, I still miss big steps in my life, like buying a house or having a baby. But I look more often to my past than to my future.

Anyway, I was like you, once. I was living my life with that energy now I put only arranging New Year’s eve party. I was living like that each and every single day. I was confused, I was happy, I was a dreamer, I was stubborn, I was.. I was plenty of great things, things that, in that moment, did not seem great to me, but they were.

Look around: you have everything. Maybe you don’t agree with me, but you will, one day. You are young, fresh, beautiful. Try different things, don’t get stuck, live your dreams. Don’t do something just because it looks like the easiest to do and you are afraid you will not succeed. Don’t be afraid to disappoint your parents and don’t do things just because you are too worried of that: it will arrive a point in your life you will be obliged to do it, so better sooner rather than later. So you will discover you cannot let them down: they will always be proud of you, whatever you are going to do. Risk. Fill that application for studying in the US, change major, do the interview for that job even if it is only for an internship.

Travel. Travel with the eye of the teenager you still are. Take dirty trains and sleep in the noisiest dormitory. Go off the beaten tracks. Go to London. Try to speak the foreign languages you know as much as possible. Pretend not to be Italian and avoid Italians abroad. Later will be too late: I started to travel when my salary had already five figures and it is too easy now deciding to go for the best choice everywhere. Then, you find you have missed something.

Don’t make love a priority in you life. Don’t be in a rush for finding your man, as spending your 20s as single is the best thing I can suggest you and moreover, trust me, relationship started at university will never last (we can bet, if you want). Enjoy your life like it is, have friends, be funny, don’t cry. Yes, please, don’t cry, because no ones of these guys will deserve it. And, trust me, they are going to be ugly in less than¬†ten years. Preserve your friends and don’t trust strangers. Don’t trust someone just because he is lovely with you: words are easy to say, you don’t pay them too much. Don’t go out with your colleagues, because you have to keep a separate strict¬†line between your private life and your work, and be at work a totally different person. Try to be serious, cold. Let your job talk for you.

You will fall in love, but this is not going to be “love”, be sure: the guys you will like will be the most rebel, those that are smoking weeds, listening to unconventional music, those with the dirtiest clothes and the nicest smile. These guys will always leave afterwards, they will have always to wake up early the morning after, and then they will not reply to your message for ages and you will find their pathetic excuses a good reason to make them stay in your bed once again, after months. They will not change. They will forget your birthday, they will cheat on you with your best friend, they will sleep with you only when you will be so drunk that you cannot remember how it ended up like that. They will make you suffer and at the end you will realize that you have never loved them, because they were not the kind of persons you want next to you for your life. And then, maybe, you will think about that cute guy. Do you remember the one I am talking about? He was too cute for words, a bit clumsy. He gave you a nice kiss after three dates and he spent the night you invited him at your place looking at you. You joked about that.¬†He was plain, and serious, has already a great job and does not drink too much, because the morning after he had always some important meetings. He was always coming to pick you up. You will talk about him with your girlfriends laughing. Fifteen years later he will be a super nice dad. He will have the best work, and he will still look fucking hot – unless your boys that started to get wasted too young and they are now looking like fifty something¬†big kids. Then, you will regret a bit the fact you are no more the most beautiful girl in the world, for him.

Don’t complain about your body and take care of it. I know they will come days you won’t sleep because you are too hungry and you just wait to wake up for checking your weight. I know they will come weeks you will not eat for days and night you will not go out because you feel too fat. Bullshit. You look great and in fifteen years you will pay for looking still that hot. Eat regularly, don’t drink too much alcohol, try to smoke not too much, don’t take diet pills that are just destroying your stomach. Avoid binge when you are sad, go out instead, walk through this city you love so much. Because I am sure that even if you proudly stated you will never leave, one day you will. And you will miss it. You will miss it like a boy you broke up with even if you still love him. And you will never talk about this city anymore, you will try not to come back, you will try to hide pictures and special moments you share. Maybe because it was too early to move and you still regret it a bit. So weight your choices with your mind and not with your heart, don’t do things based on your emotions, don’t hate yourself because you imagined a different life. You can get it, but you have to do it now. Because in fifteen years it will be too late. Trust me.

Take care,

A friendcants can