Paris & Amsterdam

I’ve started making plans for post-final-projects traveling time in Europe. I need to decide on this soon so I can get my Eurail pass >.< If I buy the pass, it will cost slightly more than the two individual train tickets, but I will get 3 more days of travel. The thing is, what will I do with 3 extra days of travel in Germany, France, and Benelux? Staying in and traveling to Paris and Amsterdam for six days will take a good chunk out of my savings, and I want to make sure I have enough for the rest of the three and a half months I’ll be in Europe. If I get the tax return TurboTax estimated for me, that should cover most of the cost of Paris/Amsterdam, alleviating that financial worry.

At the moment I’m looking at four days in Paris and two in Amsterdam. I want to see Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, St. Denis, and Sacré Coeur especially, because I recently took a cathedrals art history class that covered them. The slides in class were really beautiful. Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe would be cool too. I would like to take a day trip to Versailles. And of course, with the art history class theme, I hope to see the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.

I’m worried about visiting Paris because I’ve heard that’s where they’re worst about visitors not speaking French, and I don’t speak any. At least I hear that there might be a friend of a friend in Paris when I visit, even if she doesn’t have time to give me a tour. Then it’s on to Amsterdam for a couple of days before I fly home. I want to see the Van Gogh and Rembrandt Museums, and walk along the canals. Now I need to figure out what other places I want to see, that would require days from my Eurail pass…

In other news, I broke out the T-shirts today because it was so warm. This is unnatural weather for March!

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