My husband and I have flights booked to fly into Amsterdam on July 17th and fly out of Brussels on July 28th. We like big cities for a day or so, but really enjoy smaller places and seeing how the regular folk live and play :).
That said, does anyone have advice on what sites are best for finding places to stay in The Netherlands and Belgium? I'm thinking of just using Air BnB for the two nights we'll be spending in Amsterdam - it seems to be the most affordable thing to do, but after that I'm not quite sure what route will be best to finding places to rest our heads. (not that it should matter, but we're in our 30s, active, and won't be spending a ton of time in our room).
Also, we shouldn't have an issue buying train tickets after landing in Amsterdam, right? Are there any passes that may make more sense than buying individual tickets from city to city? i.e.: are there passes with unlimited on/offs for a certain number of days within both countries or one just belgium?
Other than the first two nights - we have no agenda. We are just going to hop our way down to Brussels in time to fly back home. I have heard we should see the hague and delft, ghent, and brugges, but if there are other places that are even more charming with things to do that are interesting we can always go there instead. Oh, and what city is best to go to on a Monday, when many museums/things to do are closed? I am a walking tour guide and wouldn't mind doing a tour on a Monday...the question is where is best do that?
in short, please help!! I want to give my husband a fabulous first trip to Europe so he'll take me back again :) (i have been to europe several times, am a 1st generation american, and pick up on languages/cultures quickly - I NEED my man to want to travel again after this trip, ha!).