- Zaanse SchansSchansend 7, Zaandam, United Statesrecommended Zaanse SchansJust 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 moreand 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
- De LuwteKloosterwerf 23, 5141 GN Waalwijk, Nederland
- Bistro MelroseBistro Melrose, 5 Place de Clichy, 75017 Paris, Francerecommended Bistro MelroseSurprisingly 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.
- MontmarteParis, Francerecommended MontmarteKind 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.
- Amsterdam CanalsAmsterdam, Netherlands
- Flower MarketSingel
- RijksmuseumJan Luijkenstraat 1, Amsterdam, NH 1071 ZD Netherlands
- De KasKamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097 DE Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Anne Frank HousePrinsengracht 267, Amsterdam, NH 1016 GV Netherlandsrecommended Anne Frank HouseThis 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 BuffsLaurel 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, Francerecommended Les Deux MagotsNot 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 moredesserts! It is a bit pricey, but worth it for a meal you won't soon forget.
- Château de VersaillesVersailles, Francerecommended Château de VersaillesThe 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.
- Sainte Chapelle4 Boulevard du Palais, Paris 75001, Francerecommended Sainte ChapelleIf 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.
- Amsterdams Historisch MuseumNieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357, Kalverstraat 290, Amsterdam, Netherlandsrecommended Amsterdams Historisch MuseumOne 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 morethe 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.Rachel E.
Great spot for learning the history of Amsterdam
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- La Maison de Victor Hugo6 Place des Vosges, Paris 75004 France
- Place de la ConcordeAvenue Gabriel, Paris 75008 Francerecommended Place de la ConcordeIt'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 moremost visible legacy of the revolution.
recommended VersaillesAs 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 moreLouis 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.
- Le Boeuf Sur le Toit34 Rue Colisée, 75008 Paris, France
- Bar 33 rue de l'Ancienne Comedie 75006recommended Bar 3Bar 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 moretwo.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, Amsterdamrecommended Entrecôte et les DamesSteak, 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 morethere, 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
- Hotel De GoudfazantAambeeldstraat 10 H, 1021 KB Amsterdam, Netherlandsrecommended Hotel De GoudfazantI 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 morewith 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!Julia P
Fun night out in Amsterdam.
- Pain Vin Fromages3 Rue Geoffroy l'Angevin, 75004 Paris, Francerecommended Pain Vin FromagesIf 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 moreplates 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.
- Musée Bourdelle18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris, Francerecommended Musée BourdelleAnother 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 more2010. Antoine Bourdelle's drawings are full of streaky sketchy lines that suggest mystery and magic, and the courtyard isn't bad either.Julia P
Close to the Rodin Museum - makes a nice double feature.
- Musee Rodin79 Rue de Varenne, Paris, Francerecommended Musee RodinRodin'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 moreyou check the opening hours before you go. And go into the garden while you're there.Julia P
You've been to the Louvre, but the Rodin Museum is well worth a stop.
recommended le petit luxBrie, 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 moreLuxembourg.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 Francerecommended Père-Lachaise CemeteryBe 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 moreThere 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.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