The weather is great this weekend for a lovely outdoor walk or hike. / © Milan Pieteraerents, Pexels
Welcome to the weekend! The sun's out, so time to head outdoors! Go bird-watching in Echternach, get nostalgic at the Geek Foire at Rotondes, or make your own printed artworks at the National Museum of History and Art. There's also a lovely yoga workshop, as well as two excellent jazz album releases. The choice is yours!
1. Go on bird excursion at Echternach lake
What: Spot special species
Where: Echternach Lake, Naturhaus am See, L-6479 Echternach
When: Saturday, 29 May at 11am - info & tickets here
Bird-watching is a great recreational and social activity, forcing you to open your eyes and ears. Lake Echternach hosts a rich bird life, and bird expert Mikis Bastian from the Naturpark Mëllerdall will take you around the area on Saturday morning and look out for coots, robins and other feathered friends. Prior reservation is required (tickets are €12 for adults, free up to 18-year-olds). If possible, attendees should bring a pair of binoculars, but it's not essential.
2. Hear new releases by local jazz stars
What: Traditional & modern jazz albums
Where: Streaming, digital and physical on Double Moon Records
When: Friday, 28 May
Luxembourg jazz groups Gilles Grethen Quartet and Michel Meis 4tet feat. Théo Ceccaldi are both releasing new albums this Friday, Time Suite and Kaboom, respectively. Grethen is a fine jazz guitarist, and his suite presents a refreshing sound that lies somewhere between traditional and modern jazz, with compositions characterised by lyrical melodies and virtuous playing by the band. Michel Meis, meanwhile, combines a variety of moods: there are mellow jazzy ballads, playful, luminous, almost dancy tracks and melancholic abstract miniatures on his record. Jazz from Luxembourg at its finest, both released on Double Moon Records, available for streaming and purchase this weekend.
3. Get nostalgic at Rotondes Geek Foire
What: Throwback afternoon
Where: Rotondes, 3, Place des Rotondes, L‑2448 Luxembourg-Bonnevoie
When: Sunday, 30 May at 10am - free entry, info here
The Geek Foire is a full day for revisiting childhood toys, videos, figurines, and many other objects from the 80s and the 90s. Do you remember cult classics like Saint Seiya, Grendizer, Sailor Moon, or Dragon Ball? Afternoons filled with Super Mario on the NES, or a round of role-playing with Risk? Do you remember the way you felt when you first watched E.T., the first Star Wars, and Back to the Future at the cinema or on VHS? The Geek Foire promises to reawaken all these memories!
4. Watch 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
What: Critically-acclaimed sci-fi film
Where: Cinémathèque, 17 Place du Théâtre, 2613 Luxembourg
When: Sunday, 30 May at 3pm - info & tickets here
In 1866, Professor Pierre M. Aronnax and his assistant Conseil, stranded in San Francisco by reports of a giant sea monster attacking ships in the Pacific Ocean, are invited to join an expedition to search for the creature. During the search, they and harpooner Ned Land are thrown overboard during an attack, eventually discovering that the supposed monster is actually a submarine piloted by the brilliant but haunted Captain Nemo. A real classic 1954 science fiction-adventure film, personally produced by the great Walt Disney himself and based off the 1870 novel by Jules Verne.
5. Make your own printed artworks
What: Hot off the press
Where: National Museum of History and Art, Marché-aux-Poissons, L-2345 Luxembourg
When: Saturday, 29 May and Sunday, 30 May at 2pm - info & tickets here
Printed texts and images have been part of European culture and knowledge society for over 500 years. The development of the printing press by Gutenberg around 1450 established typographic printing and for the first time imparted knowledge to many people. In the middle of the 19th century, the transition from manual printing to industrial printing took place, and hand presses were replaced by printing presses. Join this workshop over two days as you learn to craft your own printed artworks at the National Museum of History and Art.
6. Walk along the Syre from Munsbach to Betzdorf
What: Summery walk in the east
Where: Meet at Munsbach train station
When: Saturday, 29 May from 10am-4pm - info & tickets here
Discover the magnificent landscapes of the Guttland and Moselle regions in this guided walk from Munsbach to Betzdorf. Old orchards, important nature reserves and picturesque villages await you on this walk along the Syre. Along the way, you'll notice that the initially modest Syre slowly turns into a real river with strong current. Small local and regional delicacies make this walk a unique experience. If you're not up for a guided walk, then you can of course always walk this path yourself.
7. Relax with yoga basics workshop
What: Learn basics, meet people, get flexible
Where: Urban Leaf studio, 9 Rue du Glacis, 3rd floor, Luxembourg City
When: Saturday, 29 May between 2-5pm or Sunday, 30 May between 10am-1pm - info & registration here
Ever wanted to get into yoga, but unsure where to begin? There's a yoga workshop taking place this weekend, covering all aspects from theory to interactive exercises and, of course, yoga practice. Instructor Kasia will be providing small snacks and teas to make you feel welcome, and groups are small to maintain an overview and keep it dynamic. More information can be found in the link above.
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