Thursday, June 19, 2014

That Time We Had Teenagers at Our House

Last week we had some visitors here in Luxembourg.  Shawn’s cousin and his college roommate/BFF were spending the first part of their summer break traveling around Europe and our maison was the final stop on their itinerary.

Now, listen.  It’s been a long time since we’ve hung with the 19 year old crowd, and I wasn’t sure we’d be able to keep up.  (We’re just about to cross from the smack-dab middle and into our late 30’s, but I like to think of us as still young, and perhaps even a bit hip.)

Here’s a little recap of their visit.

The boys arrived in Luxembourg from Paris on the high-speed train.


Hannah was over the moon excited to have them with us and take them to her favorite restaurant and show them around the city.

Since they had yet to tour a castle, we couldn’t let them return to America without seeing the Chateau de Vianden. 


Hannah put her cousin in the medieval guillotine. (I think that’s what it’s called?)







After staying in hostels around Europe, these boys were in moderate to severe need of a home cooked meal.  (And also some clean laundry.)


I stayed back in Lux with the kids while the guys headed to Rome for a few days.


When they returned, we took them to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, where over 5,000 American soldiers are buried.


It’s hard to believe that this guy was the ring bearer in our wedding nearly 14 years ago, when he was just about Hannah’s age.  It’s also hard to believe that he has a beard.


During the month of June, the city of Luxembourg is hosting an exhibit (much like the elephants) called “Jouez, Je Suis a Vous” which means, “Play Me, I’m Yours.”  There are 16 pianos around the city, each decorated by community groups or schools, and anyone can just sit down and tickle the old ivories.  Clearly, a duet was in order!




Now before anyone goes getting their knickers in a twist, please know that this is legal here.


Perfectly legal.

To E and K – thank you for visiting us.  We loved having you in our home and showing you what our life is like here.  Come back anytime!


  1. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog! You have a beautiful family and it makes my day to see a new post from you. I have always wanted to visit Luxembourg, and every time I read your blog I only want to visit more!

  2. It's lovely to have visitors whilst abroad.

    I love the idea of the pianos. We had similar in my home town a few years ago. Lots of fun!

  3. What a wonderful reflection of so many things! You guys were gracious hosts and guides for 2
    teenagers on a trip with memories that will last them a lifetime!
    Thanks for the great pictures and story.