Explore the German town of Bernkastel-Kues along the Mosel river

© Roxana Mironescu December 2018

Last Sunday I wandered around the charming streets of German town Bernkastel-Kues for the very first time. Despite knowing the German Mosel valley relatively well, I have never visited this twin town called the heart of the Middle Mosel and one of the most popular places to visit in the area.

Located nearly 75 km away from Luxembourg City, Bernkastel-Kues is most famous for its vineyards, amongst the oldest in Germany, and boasts a truly rich history spanning over several centuries.

Its colourful half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages, the historic market square or the Landshut castle ruins overlooking the town give you the perfect excuse to stroll around and explore their history.

While winter can be cold and windy, also due to the proximy of the Mosel river, summer is the perfect season to try over 40 hiking trails around the town and across the region.

The Advent Calendar on the Market Square / © Roxana Mironescu December 2018

But if you do love winter and enjoy the weeks running up to Christmas, it might be worth visiting Bernkastel-Kues in December. The town is home to the largest Advent calendar in the region , which is displayed on the windows of a beautiful medieval building housing the Adler pharmany, located on the market square. Every evening, at 17:30, marks the opening of one door (or rather window), leading to the exhibit of both classic and more recent Disney cartoon characters alike.

Without further ado, I would like to present you the charming town of Bernkastel-Kues with a series of pictures taken by me on 16 December 2018. Enjoy and thanks for reaching this point. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🙂

© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
© Roxana Mironescu December 2018

“Nada que declarar” – a book by Teresa Ruiz Rosas


If you happen to be in Luxembourg on the 29th of April 2017, don’t miss the chance to meet Peruvian writer Teresa Ruiy Rosa who will present her latest book “Nada que declarar”.  Written in Spanish, the book deals with the theme of women trafficking and migration, through the stories of two women, between Peru and Germany and is currently being translated into French.

The event is part of Time for Equality’s campaign “Learn/Share/Take Action” aimed at raising awareness on human trafficking and modern day slavery by making use of films, books and art. Learn more about Time for Equality here and find more details about the event here.

Teresa Ruiz Rosas was born in Arequipa, Peru in 1956. She studied literature and linguistics in Arequipa, Budapest, Barcelona and Freiburg and was a finalist for the 1994 Premio Herralde de Novela and the 1999 Juan Rulfo prize for short stories, awarded by the Instituto Cervantes in Paris.

Alongside her writing, she also translates German and Hungarian literature into Spanish. Ruiz Rosas lives in Cologne.


 El copista

Barcelona: Anagrama 1994, 126 p.

German:  Ammann 1996

Netherlands: Wereldbibliothek 1998

La falaz posteridad

Lima (Peru only): Ed. San Marcos 2007, 368 p.

La mujer cambiada

Lima(Peru only): Ed. San Marcos 2008, 164 p.

Germany: Ralf Liebe Verlag

Wer fragt schon nach ‘Kuhle Wampe.’

Von der Liebe und anderen Gemeinheiten

Weilerswist: Ralf Liebe Verlag 2008, 320 p.


 El desván

Arequipa: La Campana Catalina 1989, 112 p.

German:Gallucci Verlag 1990

 Detrás de la Calle Toledo

Lima: Antares Artes & Letras 2004, 84 p. (trilingual: English, German, Spanish)

Das Porträt hat Dich geblendet

Bonn: Free Pen Verlag 2005, 192 p.

(bilingual: German, Spanish)

Ziua Iei 2016 sarbatorita in Luxembourg


Pe 24 iunie 2016, “Ziua Internationala a Iei” a fost sarbatorita pentru al patrulea an de membrii comunitatii romanesti din Luxemburg si Marea Regiune – cuprinzand departamentul Lorena, regiunea belgiana Valonia si landurile Saar, respectiv Renania-Palatinat. De la mic la mare, ne-am pregatit cu nerabdare sa purtam straie populare romanesti pentru a marca “Sanzienele” si a ne bucura de inceputul verii luxemburgheze, iar pentru anul viitor ambitia mea personala e sa imi achizitionez o camasa populara din zona Maramuresului istoric, regiunea mea natala.







People @ 2016 Migration Festival in Luxembourg

This year I tried to cover the Migrations Festival in Luxembourg from a slightly different angle, hence why I only took photos of some of the people participating in the festival as either organisers or performers.

Young Woman from Ecuador at Migration Festival

National costume from Ecuador

Young Woman from Ecuador at Migration Festival 2

Bolivian woman at Migration Festival

National costume from Bolivia

Russian Woman from Ural at Migration Festival

National costume from Russia – the region of Ural

Russian woman from Ural 2 at Migration Festival

Turkish Man at Migration Festival

This  young man was selling Turkish Simit bagels.

African dancing at Migration Festival

African dancing

African dancing 2 at Migration Festival