We tour three European cities located in close proximity in this cracker of a trip. You will experience Paris’ traditions and history, Napoleonic architecture, wrought iron bridges over the Siene River, the city’s old world conservatism and the hip, new trendy lifestyle, shopping in this fashion capital, walking by bistros and brasseries reflecting old world charm!
We will tour the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, and Notre Dame, walk down Champs Elysees, bask in the glory of the setting sun in the steps in front of the Basilica du Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, take a breathtaking view from the Eiffel Tower and feel the throb of the this pulsating city with a great history of politics, literature, and masterpieces in architecture and fine art.
Brussels is a vibrant city of tasteful architectural gems, youthful creative energy, art deco and nouveau monuments. It is in fact, many cities in one, where the official languages are French and Dutch and is home to EU and NATO headquarters. You can see medieval and modern architecture almost juxtaposed here. We will take you to the City Hall of Brussels and other old Dutch-Flemish architecture, the Atomium, a bizarre building constructed for the World Expo 1958, the art-nouveau building of Bozar, the beer gardens and the Brewery Museum. You will feel the mirth in the air and be tempted to put on your dancing shoes here! While you are here, don’t miss the divine chocolates and the Tintin shop. Brussels after all is the home of the Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé.
Amsterdam – the capital of the Netherlands – is arty and easy going. You can spend hours here staring in wonder at the collections of Dutch masters Rembrandt and Van Gogh, take a boat ride to explore the canals and waterways, visit Anne Frank’s house which houses the Anne Fran Museum and see her room covered in darkness and the secret annexe, the flower markets and the colourful houses. It is best to explore this city on a bicycle, which is what the local people do.
In our food journey, we will taste the sensational French food Parisienne style, and the fashionable foiegras, onion soup, pot au feu, and the desserts (crème brulee, mousse au chocolate), and excellent wines. Local Brussels favourites are cooked mussels, stew of chicken and fish, minced beef, tuna salad (mixed with apple sauce and mustard). Some dishes are even boiled in flavoured beer! In Amsterdam, don’t miss the sausages with a distinct flavour