Great thread, em!
I'm on the 21 Day BOE in May. I'll be flying into Amsterdam four days pre-tour. I've rented a studio room on a houseboat, so I'll have a livingroom with TV and a lovely picture window overlooking the canal (in the Jordaan), a kitchenette and a nice bathroom. I'll be about a ten minute walk from the Anne Frank house. So I'll stay 3 nights at the houseboat. Day one (flying in day) I arrive in the morning, so I plan to walk, explore and shop for toiletries in the afternoon, and I'm hoping to convince my houseboat lady to give me a canal ride in her boat, so I can cruise like the locals in an open air boat. On day two I want to see the Dutch Resistance Museum and see the play ANNE at the Amsterdam Theater. On day three I'm taking a day trip to Bruges, Belguim. I expect to take a canal ride, eat lots of chocolate, hopefully watch some little old ladies tat some lace and then buy it, and go to the church that has the vial of Christ's blood- and then eat a Belgian waffle while washing it down with a Belgian beer. More chocolate for the way home. I'll transfer to our tour hotel in Haarlem on Saturday morning. I'll go to the Corrie Ten Boom house, visit St Bavokirk, and see all that I can see. I also hope to go to church in Haarlem on Sunday morning before the tour.
After the tour, I'm planning extra days in Paris. I'm changing hotels and moving to the Hotel Sublim Eiffel, which seems really quirky and interesting, and I'll have a view of the Eiffel from my room. I'm planning a tour of Versailles on that Saturday. On the next two days a friend is joining me and we're going to see the Catacombs, visit the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Monmartre, and possibly the Le Musee des Arts Forains (Carnival Museum) and Musee de l'Orangerie and Musee Rodin. THEN I'm off to Scotland (where my friend is from) for 5 more days! We'll stay two nights on the Isle of Arran, visit Loch Ness for a day, see Stirling Castle, and spend a day exploring Edinburgh and Glasgow.
You can bet I'll need extra memory cards for the camera! If I took 6000 pictures in three weeks back in '12, then I can only imagine the damage I'll do in 5 weeks over the month of May!