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audreyleigh99 Jun 11th, 2007 02:19 PM

Anyone bored and feel like planning my trip to Brussels, Paris & Amsterdam?
Okay, so I normally LOVE to plan my trips, I think it is almost as fun as going on the trips. But this is the situation - I leave for Europe in a week, I am completely slammed at work and am, realistically, going to have minimal time to plan between now and then. I know we will figure it out as we go if need be and will have a great time . . . but if anyone is bored and wants to make some suggestions feel free! I've managed to get all of the hotels booked plus a day trip to Champagne. So this is the agenda:

Day 1 - flight to Brussels, immediate train to Paris
Day 2 - Paris
Day 3 - Paris
Day 4 - day trip to Reims/Champagne tours
Day 5 - train to Brussels in a.m.
Day 6 - Brussels
Day 7 - train to Amsterdam at some point (no reservation)
Day 8 - Amsterdam
Day 9 - Amsterdam, train to Brussels in p.m. (to fly out from Brussels)
Day 10 - fly home

We are a late twenties/early thirties couple and are on a reasonably tight budget. We like to see some usual tourist attractions but also enjoy getting off the beaten path and checking out restaurants, etc. frequented by locals. In a prior post many of you suggested adding a day trip to Bruge but I think that would just be too much in this packed schedule, so I'm mainly looking for suggestions in the cities we're already visiting. Thanks!

Linda431 Jun 11th, 2007 02:35 PM

Whew! I'm tired just looking at that itinerary!

Day 2 - You're going to be so tired from the trip, you probably want to stick close to your hotel area. Dump your luggage in the room, eat a light lunch or snack, then take a nap for about an hour. Get up and hit the streets. See as much as you can until you get hungry again.

Day 3- Plan day 3 while you're at dinner on day 2. Make it away from your area, do the Islands, Notre Dame, Eifel Tower area, maybe even Montmartre.

Day 4- drink Champagne. Lots of champagne.

Day 5 thru 9 - Someone else will have to help you there because I'm not familiar with those areas. If not, see day 4.

Travelnut Jun 11th, 2007 02:43 PM

This is what we did in April: (we've been to all these cities before)

- Houseboat Museum
- Amsterdam Historisch Museum
- rented bikes at Mac Bike (by Leidseplein) and rode to Rembrandt Park and a little bit around Jordaan
- relaxed at Vondelpark

- Grand Place stroll
- Theatre Troon puppetry
- City Museum (Mannequin Pis costumes; also some nice artwork)
- watch people take pictures of Mannequin Pis statue
- relaxed at Parc de Bruxelles
- looked for some of the Comic Strip Murals

- Musee Jacquemart Andre
- Musee de l'Orangerie
- National History: Paleontology museum (cool)
- Jardins des Plantes
- inside visit of Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois
- photos of pretty gardens at Square Batignolles
- relaxed on Champ de Mars
- relaxed in Jardin de Luxembourg
- daytrip to Chateau Malmaison

If you haven't been before, you can just go print off the "Destinations" section on and for each city. This is seriously good enough for a few days.

audreyleigh99 Jun 12th, 2007 04:45 AM

Thanks! Wow, Travelnut, that's a lot of museums. The houseboat museum in Amsterdam sounds fun, though, and I know I want to relax in Vondelpark, I love the parks in European cities. And I'll be sure to follow Linda's instructions for day 4 :)

ira Jun 12th, 2007 04:49 AM

Hi A,

Either drop Paris or drop Amsterdam.

Enjoy your visit.


Travelnut Jun 12th, 2007 09:53 AM

- add a canal cruise, Anne Frank house and Van Gogh Museum and you've got plenty to do

- has a LOT of interesting-sounding musuems that we haven't been to

Paris, the basics:
- Notre Dame
- Saint Chapelle if it's sunny
- Louvre & Jardin de Tuileries
- Musee d'Orsay
- Eiffel Tower
- Seine cruise (sunset is nice)
- Jardin de Luxembourg
- wander the Marais on Sunday
- tourist-watching at Sacre Coeur (but explore the little back streets)
- cafes, benches, bridges

Printable Resources:
Print .pdf files of the <u>Paris Tourist Office booklet</u> (all you need to know for museums, monuments, etc)

Amsterdam itineraries/museums:

Brussels: (large file)
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