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Conference trip to Netherlands; help me plan free time afterward

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It's a nice problem to have, but I had intended to meet up with friends in Florence after my conference in Gronigen, north of Amsterdam. However, due to one of the friends divorcing the plans are up in the air and they will be arriving later and probably in London.

I allotted extra days and am flying into Frankfurt and out of Paris CDG since that's where I could get Business class upgrades for the long haul from CA.

I arrive 8/15 at FRA and then take a train to Cologne, staying over for an easy first day.
8/16 Delft
8/17 Haarlem
8/18-20 Amsterdam
8/20-23 Gronigen (there are all relatively close; am used to covering a lot of ground on my own)

I now have late on 8/23-28 open. Fly CDG-SFO 8/29 10 a.m.
I was planning to stay over near CDG for night before flight out and maybe take RER into Paris.

I'm looking for suggestions for those days for solo woman (DH can't get away) traveling by train, reasonable costs-- thought about Brittany (never been, just to MSM and Normandy); eastern region of France (never been); Honfleurs (sounds pricey, however); and possibly Dijon or Lyon, France (pretty hot in August?).

Have previously explored Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Denmark. In Paris with DH last trip; could just take more time there and do day trips (Giverny). Can land in one spot for the time or else take the train around (happy doing both).

Prefer cooler temps when feasible; so, unless I meet the friends in Italy after all or take a short mosaic class in Ravenna, in which case I would fly AMS to Bologna and then Bologna to CDG, I'd prefer to stay in the north/general area, traveling by train.

Please share any places you love, or places that sound like a good fit.

I have intense work during the rest of the year, so am looking for local culture, espresso in cafes, walking, relaxing, scenic train rides, moderate costs (am spending a ton on the conference so can splurge but prefer not to), a museum here and there (have tix to Van Gogh museum in Amst.) but not exhaustively.

I'm an independent traveler and happy to be so but it's nice to interact with others or plan specific activities to provide just a bit of structure.

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