Now that I've taken a 1-week Rick Steve's "Best Of Paris" tour, Europe is my oyster (in that parts of it are slimy and smell funny). I've seen London, I've done Paris, and now I'm ready to branch out to more exotic locales -- and what locale is more exotic than Belgium: Germany's Crosswalk?
I'm sure a lot of people are going "Whoa, Slick -- let's not jump in with both feet here! I mean, Belgium: is anyone ever truly ready for the mystery and majesty of the Low Countries?" I sure think I am -- I love chocolate, beer and I've seen "In Bruges", TWICE! Plus, living in Seattle, I'm already pasty white and am familiar with dismal weather, prostitution and legal pot. Because of all this, in May of 2017, I plan on taking an 11-day Heart of Belgium and Holland Tour. But . . . I'll be in Europe for 21 days!
Such a dilemma!
I'm flying into Paris and plan on making that my base of operations. I figure that gives me two choices:
- Stay the nine days in Paris and do day trips to the D Day beaches and maybe Verdun if time allows.
- Figure out some way to "Live the Dream" and visit Prague, then go from there to Brussels to link up with the tour.
Paris to Prague seems to be a real PITA, with the options being Air France (pay up, sucker!) or Easyjet (get out and push, sucker!). The options between Prague and Brussels seem even more limited. Prague doesn't seem to be exceedingly "do-able" given my itinerary, but maybe some crafty Rick Steves' disciple has a different opinion.
Look forward to hearing your ideas, or just your general opinions on the "Cathay of the West".
Thanks as always,
-- Mike Beebe