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How many days for Amsterdam and Brussels?

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We're a couple in our early and mid-70s and we've got about enough pep left for one more trip to Europe (we've been lucky enough to have managed a half dozen over the last 12-13 years--based on the philosophy that we don't necessarily need to leave our very modest savings to our grown children and their children, and that we don't want to be confined to rocking chairs someday wishing that we'd made these trips before it was no longer physically possible to do so).

We've always been convinced that Europeans were much crazier drivers than we so we've always traveled by train and independently (I.e., not with tour groups) and we'll do the same in the Fall with this trip we're planning.

Sorry for this long intro, but both of us have been teachers at various times, so we can't easily resist conditional sentences and "setting the scene."

We plan to travel first to Amsterdam, thence to Brussels, and, finally, by Eurostar from Brussels to London for about ten days before heading home to the west coast (we've taken the Eurostar twice from Paris and it's a pleasant short trip (probably shorter overall than some of the economy airline trips from the Continent to lesser UK airports).

To our question(s). We'd like to plan our number of days to be set aside for Amsterdam and Brussels. We're thinking four or five full days for Amsterdam and we're not necessarily thinking of any day trips from there (is it true that the Anne Frank House is now closed?). We're also thinking of four or five days in Brussels with day trips to Bruges and Ghent. Antwerp seems principally focused on shopping events and we're not so interested in that aspect of our trip (except for perhaps a couple of bottles of Stateside-uncontainable Scotch if a nonstop return Heathrow-home destination works out for us).

We'll appreciate any advice re stay times for Amsterdam and Brussels, while we're checking Rick Steve's, Fodor's and Frommers for appropriate center-of-city accommodations. Maybe that question will be a logical one for a future enquiry here.

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