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2wks from Amsterdam to Paris

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My wife and I are in the beginning stages of planning our first European vacation. We will be traveling in late April/early May of 2014. We plan on flying into Amsterdam and out of Paris. Our itinerary is roughly 4 nights in Amsterdam, 4/5 in Belgium, and 4/5 in Paris. We would greatly appreciate your help and guidance as we plan our first European trip. First off, a little bit about ourselves.

We're in our late 20's, been married for a couple years, and want to take a nice trip or two before settling down to have kids. The problem we're running into is most of the suggestions on here involve museums, art galleries, etc. We would definitely like to see some of these in each area, but we're not big history/art buffs (don't judge). We've been to several areas in the US, but really just want to experience a different culture. We really love natural beauty, walks/bike rides, concerts, food, wine, etc. Our ideal day would include stumbling across some local cafe's for food/drinks, maybe an afternoon bike ride through the city and/or countryside, capped off with catching a local music show. I don't mean to ramble, just would rather not get suggestions for museum after museum to visit :)

So with this in mind, does Amsterdam/Belgium/Paris sound like a good trip? If so, where would you suggest spending the majority of our time? Based off the limited research we've done, Amsterdam is probably the city we most look forward to visiting, followed by Antwerp and Brugges. Paris is probably last on our list, but being so close, we feel like we should go for atleast a while. What other cities along this route would you suggest? Should we skip Paris altogether and spend more time in the Netherlands/Belgium or possibly go to Western Germany, or would we regret missing Paris?

I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but we feel a little overwhelmed. I trust y'all will provide us with some great advice. Look forward to hearing back from you!

sarahandmike

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