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Going to Europe

Jan 30, 2014 - Feb 06, 2014

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    • Zaanse SchansSchansend 7, Zaandam, United States
      Medplaya recommended Zaanse Schans
      5
      Just about 18 minutes by train from central station in Amsterdam you reach a small village with windmills, cheese farm,clogs workshop called Zaanse Schans. It's an enchanting place, with wooden houses ... read more
      and windmills. You take a train to Koog- Zandijk and from there it is 10 minutes walk through the village of Zaandijk, following the signs you'll reach Zaanse Schans. You must see it if you want the experience the real Netherlands.
      Recommended for:Adventure Travelers
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    • De LuwteKloosterwerf 23, 5141 GN Waalwijk, Nederland
    • Bistro MelroseBistro Melrose, 5 Place de Clichy, 75017 Paris, France
      Pro 2014
      D'Maris Coffman recommended Bistro Melrose
      4
      Surprisingly good restaurant with a very funny name. I was not expecting much, but have since recommended it to many. Was a local favourite of a friend who lived on the Rue de Clichy.
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    • MontmarteParis, France
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      D'Maris Coffman recommended Montmarte
      4
      Kind of the Greenwich Village of Paris. Upmarket bohemian with lots of artsy types that live on independent incomes. This is the real Paris, though it takes a while to get to know the neighbourhood.
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    • Amsterdam CanalsAmsterdam, Netherlands
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      D'Maris Coffman recommended Amsterdam Canals
      5
      It would be hard to miss these, but they are enchanting. Hope for a sunny day. There are a lot of different options for tours so shop around and maybe ask on the day.
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    • Pro 2014
      D'Maris Coffman recommended Flower Market
      4
      This is cool, especially for those of us who are into tulips. Really enchanting. And it is stunning to contemplate how long these markets have been in operation.
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    • RijksmuseumJan Luijkenstraat 1, Amsterdam, NH 1071 ZD Netherlands
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      D'Maris Coffman recommended Rijksmuseum
      5
      Brilliant museum and very important in the history of public museumship as well. You can spend a day here, but should at least spend an afternoon. Centrally located too.
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    • De KasKamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097 DE Amsterdam, Netherlands
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      D'Maris Coffman recommended De Kas
      4
      Upscale dutch dining may seem like a contradiction in terms, but this is a great little restaurant with an inviting atmosphere and very good food with a social conscience.
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    • Anne Frank HousePrinsengracht 267, Amsterdam, NH 1016 GV Netherlands
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      Laurel W recommended Anne Frank House
      5
      This is a must see. You visit the house Anne Frank grew up in and learn her story growing up as a bright young girl and then hiding from the Nazi's in occupied Netherlands. So tragic.
      Recommended for:History Buffs
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      Laurel W

      Not sure if this classifies as obvious, but is well worth a visit. Make a reservation.

    • Les Deux Magots6 Place Saint-Germain des Pres, 75006 Paris, France
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      Lauren Baker recommended Les Deux Magots
      5
      Not only does it have an incredible history as the old hangout of figures like Picasso and Hemingway, but the entire experience is memorable. The food was among the best I've had Paris, especially the ... read more
      desserts! It is a bit pricey, but worth it for a meal you won't soon forget.
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    • Château de VersaillesVersailles, France
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      Lauren Baker recommended Château de Versailles
      5
      The chateau is huge, opulent and historic, but the gardens are the real treat. They are perfectly maintained and seemingly endless! You can easily spend a full day here and still not see everything.
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    • Sainte Chapelle4 Boulevard du Palais, Paris 75001, France
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      Lauren Baker recommended Sainte Chapelle
      5
      If you only visit one church in Paris, choose this one. The stained glass is unbelievably gorgeous, especially with the recent restoration work. Go early to avoid the line, which can get long.
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    • Amsterdams Historisch MuseumNieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357, Kalverstraat 290, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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      Rachel E. recommended Amsterdams Historisch Museum
      5
      One of the best museum exhibits I've seen, Amsterdam DNA walks you through the history of Amsterdam with some amazing interactive features. Every section you watch a new video which concentrates on ... read more
      the stories behind certain objects. As you move through the exhibit you realize the objects they used in the video are the ones on displayed. No longer are you just looking at things behind a glass pane, there's a story behind it that really connects you to the past. Along the way, you take a quiz to find out in the end what kind of Amsterdammer you are. Really fun and interesting. They also have rotating temporary exhibits on a variety of topics.
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      Rachel E.

      Great spot for learning the history of Amsterdam

    • Pro 2014
      Rachel E. commented on this trip

      Hi Duncan,

      If you're looking for special things to do and try in Amsterdam, there's a blogger who documents all the happenings, openings and just general cool stuff going on in Amsterdam on a weekly basis. Her blog is www DOT yourlittleblackbook DOT me

      She's also got great restaurant recommendations for new and upcoming restaurants in Amsterdam.

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    • La Maison de Victor Hugo6 Place des Vosges, Paris 75004 France
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      Daniel Lewis recommended La Maison de Victor Hugo
      4
      A nice small museum dedicated to Victor Hugo. Makes for an interesting destination / diversion while exploring Paris.
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    • Place de la ConcordeAvenue Gabriel, Paris 75008 France
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      Rich Carriero recommended Place de la Concorde
      5
      It's funny that the scene of some of the bloodiest class warfare is named for peace and agreement. Here the Terror took Louis XVI and Robespierre alike. With the Bastille long gone, it might be the ... read more
      most visible legacy of the revolution.
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    • Pro 2014
      Rich Carriero recommended Versailles
      4
      As a teenager I did not love Versailles. I found the paintings on the walls to be overdone and there wasn't enough furniture. I did not then understand that Versailles' purpose was greater. This was ... read more
      Louis XIV's gilded prison for his fractious nobility. This represented all of the accumulated power of the French state. It's no coincidence that the Germans proclaimed their empire at Versailles and signed its doom 47 years later. For myself, I remember the equestrian statue of the Sun King, the fountain of the maiden and the frogs and the Hall of Mirrors. I wish I had known more when I was there.
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    • Le Boeuf Sur le Toit34 Rue Colisée, 75008 Paris, France
      Steve Gray recommended Le Boeuf Sur le Toit
      4
      Not cheap but they do great food (even by Parisian standards) and the 20's retro vibe along with the jazz makes for a great night.
      Recommended for:FoodiesLuxury Travelers
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    • Bar 33 rue de l'Ancienne Comedie 75006
      Katie Pierce recommended Bar 3
      4
      Bar 3 was one of my favorite hang outs in Paris. It has a low ceiling basement with beautiful arches. It makes for a fun and different night out, if you're just planning to dance and have a drink or ... read more
      two.
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      Katie Pierce

      I noticed you're also interested in nightlife in Paris. Bar 3 is a fun spot, if you want to dance. Or go early and just have a drink in the old cellars of this Parisian building. It's an unusual atmosphere that you can't quite find anywhere else!

    • Entrecôte et les DamesVan Baerlestraat 47, Amsterdam
      Pro 2014
      Julia P recommended Entrecôte et les Dames
      5
      Steak, fries and salad. Incredible tarragon sauce for the steak, mayonnaise that's a cut above for the fries (yes, I have been living in Europe for almost 8 years, and I have mayo on my fries. So ... read more
      there, Pulp Fiction.) And to start, fresh, nearly perfect gem lettuce leaves. Other sexy little touches include leaving your bottle of wine on the table and charging only for how much you've polished off at the end of the meal, and the delightful second helping of steak and fries that comes to the rescue just as you think the deliciousness is about to end.
      Recommended for:Foodies
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    • Hotel De GoudfazantAambeeldstraat 10 H, 1021 KB Amsterdam, Netherlands
      Pro 2014
      Julia P recommended Hotel De Goudfazant
      5
      I do love me some industrial chic, and Hotel de Goudfazant delivers in spades, shovels and exposed infrastructure. The "Good Pheasant" restaurant features adventurous plates like veal tongue along ... read more
      with less challenging tastes like gnocchi with chioggia beets and goat cheese. I really enjoyed not only the adventure of getting here, but the experience of being here. Exceptional service, great atmosphere, and delicious food. Four thumbs up!
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      Julia P

      Fun night out in Amsterdam.

    • Pain Vin Fromages3 Rue Geoffroy l'Angevin, 75004 Paris, France
      Pro 2014
      Julia P recommended Pain Vin Fromages
      5
      If you want to have your cheese, and eat it too, in about 76 different ways, head to Pain Vin Fromages (Bread, Wine, Cheese). The sections of the menu include Fondue and Raclette. Cheese and meat ... read more
      plates from each area of France are listed on a cute little map, and the wine list includes some delicious bordeaux. Casual, friendly, with scope for some real gourmand pigging out a la francaise, it's definitely worth an evening and the 50 or so euro you'll spend a head.
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    • Musée Bourdelle18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris, France
      Pro 2014
      Julia P recommended Musée Bourdelle
      4
      Another lovely and smaller museum close to the Rodin Museum, the Bourdelle hosts interesting exhibits such as a retrospective on the turn of the century dancer Isadora Duncan in the early part of ... read more
      2010. Antoine Bourdelle's drawings are full of streaky sketchy lines that suggest mystery and magic, and the courtyard isn't bad either.
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      Julia P

      Close to the Rodin Museum - makes a nice double feature.

    • Musee Rodin79 Rue de Varenne, Paris, France
      Pro 2014
      Julia P recommended Musee Rodin
      5
      Rodin's sculptures are breathtakingly alive. While "The Thinker" is the big attraction here, don't pass too quickly over the rest of this genius's work-the marble truly suggests movement. Make sure ... read more
      you check the opening hours before you go. And go into the garden while you're there.
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      Julia P

      You've been to the Louvre, but the Rodin Museum is well worth a stop.

    • Katie Pierce recommended le petit lux
      4
      Brie, fresh greens and honey stuffed into a baguette is the sandwich they serve here that kept me coming back for more. It's a great place to stop and grab a picnic or just desserts to eat in Jardin ... read more
      Luxembourg.
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      Katie Pierce

      This is a great spot to grab a sandwich to go, if you plan on exploring the Jardin de Luxembourg. Even if not, it is a nice spot to stop by while wandering around the 6th and 7th arrondissements.

    • Père-Lachaise CemeteryRue du Repos 16, Paris 75020 France
      Pro 2014
      Leigh Virkus recommended Père-Lachaise Cemetery
      5
      Be sure to spend at least a couple of hours in this beautiful "city of the dead". You could easily spend an entire day here, roaming this park-like setting with it varied array of elaborate monuments. ... read more
      There is nothing creepy about this place. Along with famous residents such as Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Moliere and countless others, regular Parisians rest here too.
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      Leigh Virkus

      A respite from the hectic Parisian tourist crowd.

    • Centre Georges Pompidou19 Rue Beaubourg, Paris, France
    • Banks of the SeineParis, France
    • Saint-Germain-L'auxerroisSaint-Germain-L'auxerrois, Paris, France
    • Le Relais de l'Entrecôte15 Rue Marbeuf, 75008 Paris, France
    • Notre Dame Cathedral6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Paris 75004 France
    • Louvre Museum34 Quai du Louvre, Paris 75001 France
    • Angelina226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

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