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Thank you so much for more information for Netherlands.

We have 2 nights stay in Amsterdam ( near Centraal Station ). Arriving Friday afternoon, so we will have a walk in the city center ( canals/palace/RLD at night). Next day, saturday will be Woerden Cheese Market (11:00-13:00) then train to Zaanse Schans, more city walks if have energy. 3rd day, morning will visit Van Gogh Museum, afternoon leaving for Brussels.

Travelling to the places shouldn't be too bad, we could take trains/bus/tram and lots of walking. Nowadays with google, is so much easier. we can see bus/tram numbers at the stops/stations on google map. Just need to figure out what transit pass is the best value to buy

I know we won't be able to see it all in "3 days", just going to see some that interest us. Amsterdam, we could come again because there is a direct flight from vancouver, makes it easier.
 



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Any chance if someone can give me some ideas about Brussels' day trips ?

I want to go to Bruges, can I combine Bruges and Ghent in a day trip ? we are not going to join a tour, just taking trains and walk/explore ourselves.

Is Luxembourg worth a day visit ? From the photos on Google, it does not have much. Would we be more entertained if we go to Antwerp instead ?
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:



Interesting fact:
You know Vancouver is named after the (not that interesting) Dutch city of Coevorden?



It is very interesting that there is an article today in "Vancouver Is Awesome" facebook page talking about Vancouver and the dutch town Coevorden. George Vancouver's ancestor was from Coevorden (they were the van Coevodens). And Coevorden means Cow Crossing in dutch word.
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Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

Any chance if someone can give me some ideas about Brussels' day trips ?

I want to go to Bruges, can I combine Bruges and Ghent in a day trip ? we are not going to join a tour, just taking trains and walk/explore ourselves.

Is Luxembourg worth a day visit ? From the photos on Google, it does not have much. Would we be more entertained if we go to Antwerp instead ?
I only visited Brussels for short times - because I had a meeting or I was on the way to somewhere else.

I noticed that the train between Gent and Bruges is only half an hour - so, yes, you could go in the morning to one and in the afternoon to the other. The only downside is that you're only a few hours in either. I would prefer being longer in these ancient towns - most people around here go for a whole weekend to one or the other. They are really different then old Dutch cities.

Did you consider going to Waterloo? It is close to Brussels.
https://www.waterloo1815.be/en/the-site/

I looked up Ypres as well, but it is quite far, so I would skip it.
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Time to report back about my Europe Trip.

So we spent near two weeks in Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels from mid to end of August, it was not super crowded except a few touristy places. There was no safety/theft issue because we used beltpack/backpack/etc that are hard for them to access.

We been to most Paris places that I planned to see and take pictures, but I think not much spectacular photos because there are always unwanted people in the photos. Many times I tried to take a photo and timing the people would walk out of my frame, but they usually will suddenly stop and standing in the middle of the frame, very frustrating. There was one time I was waiting to take my picture, and some woman would just walkup in front of my camera and take a 360 on her phone, it was like I was not there, how rude.

As for Amsterdam, I basically skipped it because I was sick with Gastroenteritis. I probably drank too much Paris tap water. Was felling not well on the travel day from Paris to Amsterdam. I Was staying in the hotel room recovering for the 1.5 days. By the time we travel to Brussels, I was better with less need to go to washroom after food.

In Brussels, we only visited places around the Grand Place. We managed to visit Bruges and Ghent on 2 day trips. We were not rushed and just seeing the places at leisure. Bruges and Ghent are quite beautiful.

Finally we went back to Paris for another day before we flew home.

It will take me some time to process some photos, and when done I will share some with you. Also, from this trip, I was having some thoughts about travel/landscape photography for me, I probably will share my thoughts in another post.

Thank you so much for sharing your tips and suggestions before my trip, it was really helpful in planning to places that I am not familiar with.

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Sounds like you had a good time , I look forward to seeing the pictures .

Next time remember what the European medieval monks learnt all those years ago , Don't drink water , DRINK BEER ! it works for me
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glad you made it home safely, James, glad to 'hear' from you! THX for reporting.
thought of you often, 1st of all if I should -be the one to- add some Belgian/(Luxembourg / should you have had more time + the Ardennes) info -as NON!-local, although quite familiar, since it's close to us-, but figured you might miss it, months later. and more than once, twice, during recent heat-waves, and when the public transportation people went on strike.

really sorry about the probs you experienced, the things you missed! -bummer!!- the time it took you to recover. (whether you 'believe' in it or not ;), a homeopathic remedy could have solved it right away, immediately!).
quite surprised about the french water actually (unless there was a 'eau non potable' sign, like on a ferry for instance). afaik it sh/b safe (unlike Spain!).
rude woman sounds like a tourist to me? perhaps we should have warned you. the Canadian(-friend)s I know must be the most polite-, most considerate people on the planet. -no offense! should others see this. -
(familiar with the long exposure-trick + xtreme filter that miraculously erases tourists? ).

although it was a tight schedule, truly hope you & yours/wife? enjoyed your stay! that it was a great holiday after all.
glad you have been to Ghent, very nice, (visited the castle?), and, -highly recommanded- lovely Bruges, a gem.
no windmills for you this time? nor cheese? ;) seen Place du Tertre, -tourist trap-? -fave- Quartier Latin?
(as a kid I spent numerous weeks in Paris, every year, usually around easter, and never in summer when asphalt melted and Parisiens would flee the city. and the more we discovered the 'real' city and its hidden gems, the more enjoyable it got. but that pres. goes for any place. it takes time to become a seasoned tourist ;)).   

really looking FW to seeing the pics! and 'hearing' your stories!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 September 2022 at 12:31
Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

Time to report back about my Europe Trip.

Good to be home, isn't it!

Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

There was no safety/theft issue because we used beltpack/backpack/etc that are hard for them to access.

As well as these places are quite safe anyway!

Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

There was one time I was waiting to take my picture, and some woman would just walkup in front of my camera and take a 360 on her phone, it was like I was not there, how rude.

Some people.

Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

As for Amsterdam, I basically skipped it because I was sick with Gastroenteritis. I probably drank too much Paris tap water. Was felling not well on the travel day from Paris to Amsterdam. I Was staying in the hotel room recovering for the 1.5 days. By the time we travel to Brussels, I was better with less need to go to washroom after food.
I doubt it was the water as it seems that Paris water should be fine. Maybe it was something you ate. Whatever the reason it was a bummer. Hope your travel companions did enjoy some of our capital

Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

In Brussels, we only visited places around the Grand Place. We managed to visit Bruges and Ghent on 2 day trips. We were not rushed and just seeing the places at leisure. Bruges and Ghent are quite beautiful.

Glad you took your time for Ghent and Bruges. It so much nicer to do it leisurely.

Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

It will take me some time to process some photos, and when done I will share some with you. Also, from this trip, I was having some thoughts about travel/landscape photography for me, I probably will share my thoughts in another post.
Interested!

Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

Thank you so much for sharing your tips and suggestions before my trip, it was really helpful in planning to places that I am not familiar with.
You're welcome. Good to read you liked your trip apart from the Gastroenteritis.
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Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

Sounds like you had a good time , I look forward to seeing the pictures .

Next time remember what the European medieval monks learnt all those years ago , Don't drink water , DRINK BEER ! it works for me
Beer? Paris in France! So, it is wine! But then he would have a hangover in Amsterdam
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Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:


Next time remember what the European medieval monks learnt all those years ago , Don't drink water , DRINK BEER ! it works for me


I wish I learned about this wisdom before my trip
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Other than the tap water, we ( my wife/my son/me ) mostly ate the same thing except some salad at the hotel's breakfast, and a 2 days old almond croissant. I also saw flies was standing on some fruit in the breakfast buffet. Well, very hard to figure out exactly what it was, but I do think it is caused by virus as I was having fever for 2 days. Just lucky I did not vomit as that would feel much worst.

We really enjoyed the trip, walked a lot, seeing many old buildings/architectures, old streets, every place is like history ( compare to Vancouver ). Place du Tertre, we passed by, the square is filled with restaurants' tables now, and the artists were working on the streets. There were so many people there in the afternoon, so we had to go back early next morning (because of jetlag) to experience a different Montmartre.

Latin Quarter, we went there on the first day (we arrived at CDG at 7am without much sleep on the flight), the Pantheon, Luxemburg garden, we walked 24000+ steps on that day

I bought 2 bottles of wine (from Bordeaux) in Paris, I was cheap they were less than 10 Euro, and they don't taste very good, one was bitter and I needed to add orange juice to make it like Sangria. I remember I drank some cheap wine in some cafeteria in Italy and they were pretty good. May be French wine is different, it is very hard to find some cheap French wine that is good, but I can find good cheap ones from Chile/Spain/Portugual

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As promised, I am starting to post some of the photos in this post
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