I've been busy with a whirlwind project turnaround, but here's a quick overview of things I learned: Luxembourg doesn't have a whole lot but they do have some entertaining signs (see below); Belgian public transit can get a bit hairy; I need to learn Dutch because I was in ecstasies over the art; and I should probably see more of Germany than just one cathedral - but what a cathedral.
Also in the Hague was a little-known (except by my father, who always has great resources!) museum called the Panorama Mesdag. It featured a 360-degree painting of a beach scene that was incredibly cool to be immersed in. It felt surprisingly real with the shifting light and the sandy bank that stretched between the viewing platform and the walls of the work. Then it was on to Aachen to see the incredible, evolving cathedral of Charlemagne (different parts built from 796 onwards). I can't tell you how strange it is as an American to drive through four countries in a day. Four states, maybe.
Luxembourg was my father's ultimate destination and my mostly blasé interest in checking a new country off my 'visited' list. It was neat to walk around Luxembourg City - the historic casemates are definitely worth exploring, but there's not a whole lot to do in the centre unless you're there for business or enjoy high-priced shopping. When I took a walk in the evening my boot heels clicking* on the cobblestones echoed in the near-empty streets.
I had an interesting detour on the way back from Luxembourg - my local train back got diverted and we were crammed onto a bus to the next station. At least it happened in the French-speaking part of Belgium so I could actually understand what was happening, along with the various grumbles of fellow passengers. (New vocab!) I was sorry to say goodbye to my dad so soon, but it was a wonderful adventure. I'm looking forward to more.
*My FLAT boot heels, Mom.