Subject: Re: benelux advice needed
Hi Ruth, I hope you are planning on visiting Kukenhof gardens right out of Amsterdam#they are absoulutely beautiful and the time of year you are going is exactly the right season. In Amsterdam I have stayed at the Park Hotel which is a nice clean large hotel with less character but good values and location near the Museums. My favorite place to stay there is at the Ambassade ( which is a beautiful Canal house type hotel offering a lot of ambience and charm, great location , staff and more. The breakfast is wonderful and is served in an elegant room that has an amazing view. They offer free bikes and this is a one of a kind Amsterdam experience--get on a bike and see the city! In Amsterdam I recommend visiting Begijnhof, all the Museums, The Ann Frank house. Take the Circle tram #20 for a nice orientation to the city. Also take the Museum Canal Boat. There is a wonderful Walk outlined at the VVV ( tourist center) that takes you past all the interesting sites and this is available for free. Monday thought Saturday between 10 am and 4 PM there is a great flea Market in Waterlooplein . Some restaurants I like in the City are : Casa di David @ 462 singel and cafe Toscanini @ 75 Lindergracht. Don't forget to try some Dutch Pancakes . Maastricht is a beautiful city with a decidely different feel to it from the rest of The Netherlands--there are actual rolling hills in the region. Be sure to visit the Marl Caves while there--they are very interesting! Leiden and Haarlem are really nice towns worthy of a visit and they are very close to Amsterdam. Also Den Hague--visit the Mesdag Panorama fora real treat. Also in Den Hague is a wonderful Dutch Indonesian restaruant called DeWata ( it is in the square @ Beeklaan where it crosses Weinarstraat) that I highly reccommend. In Brugge I stayed at the Hotel de Orangerie ( and it was very elegant with a great location and very costly! Be sure to take the canal tours for a great orientation to Brugge. They say the French fries are a must have but i found them to be rather mediocre and not worth the calories! Your trip sounds wonderful have a great time,

Amelia in Los Angeles