Nicole Michalik

Let’s get planning. Here is my incredible 7-day European vacation to Amsterdam, Bruges, and Paris.  I am very fortunate that my friend Diana plans the majority of our trips.  In fact we call her “DQ Travels.”  Haha!  Usually, there are 5 of us who travel together – Me, Diana, Joe, Christine and Jamie.

We hiked The Wave in Utah, relaxed in Turks and Caicos, did a two-week jaunt in Italy, and now a week in Amsterdam a (day trip to Bruges) and Paris.

BFF European Vacation

Me, Diana, Joe, Jamie, and Christine. Flew from Philly to Amsterdam and then Paris back to Philly. Jamie actually was in Paris last year so he flew home after Amsterdam.  We were there for his birthday – actually went to Bruges for the day – so that was extra fun.

European Vacation

3-City European Vacation

The great thing about Europe is that the way we meander through stations here in the US is how you can go from country to country in Europe.  It’s a 2.5-hour car ride from Amsterdam to Bruges and a 3-hour train ride from Amsterdam to Paris.

Even when we went to Italy last year, we covered so much of the country and everything was basically 3 hours apart.  If you have the time and energy, I highly recommend going to at least two countries or at least two cities while you’re there.

Quick Tips For European Vacation

Get some Euros before the trip.  I have AAA so I ordered through them and it’s so easy.  Most bathrooms in Europe are AMAZING.  Literally beautiful, and clean, no lines, but you have to pay to use them. 

Usually, it’s less than 1 euro.  I noticed more places allow you to use credit cards – even churches for donations and to light a candle – but have coins and cash to help with convenience and for tips.

Get some comfortable sneakers/shoes.  I have very flat feet and when you’re walking 20,000 steps a day, you need comfy shoes.  A lot of people love Dr. Scholl’s and I wore those through Italy, but I found that my Target sneakers actually felt better.

Do private tours/drivers if you have the means. It saves a lot of time and you can get more in.  Most times the drivers are tour guides so it’s a double treat.

Enjoy some pics below and check my Instagram for all the fabulous pics!

  • Day 1 - Fly From Philly to Amsterdam

    Checked into Hotel, Brunch, Nap, Anne Frank House, Canal wine and cheese boat ride, dinner.  The Anne Frank House is very emotional, but so very important.  I Highly recommend a canal boat ride, the wine and cheese were an added bonus with the amazing views.

    Hotel –  Tivoli Doelen Amsterdam Hotel

  • Day 2 - Tulips

    We had a driver and tour guide come to pick us up at the hotel that took us to two different tulip experiences, then windmills.  Came home, napped, went to dinner, and walked around. Discover the famous windmills of Zaanse Schans and explore the colorful flower fields of Keukenhof in our Private Windmills and Tulips tour (full-day). We will escape the city crowds and discover the beautiful Dutch countryside. Learn about Holland and its culture at Zaanse Schans by visiting a clog workshop, a cheese farm, and a working windmill.

  • Day 3 - Bruges, Belgium

    A Private Driver picked us up at our hotel in Amsterdam. It’s an almost 3-hour drive there and back to Bruges. It was my best friend Jamie’s birthday and he loves travel and history and exploring so it was fun to do this with him on his birthday since he’s never been there before. We got homemade waffles, chocolate, muscles, and beer. It was a perfect day.

  • Day 4 - Train to Paris

    We left Amsterdam at 9a, Ubered to the train station, and took the train from Amsterdam to Paris. It was a nice and easy 3-hour train ride. Once we got to Paris we took an Uber from the train station to our hotel. Checked into Hotel – had Lunch – Uber to Eiffel Tower – started pouring rain – ran to a cafe for coffee and dessert. Rain stopped, and back to the Eiffel Tower. We walked around, got pictures, and went to a cafe for French Onion Soup!

    Hotel – Hotel Parc Saint-Séverin – Saint Germain neighborhood

  • Day 5 - Versailles

    We did a private car and tour guide to Versailles. Did a tour, and walked around. Lots of construction because of the Olympics. We came back to Paris, and ate at Cafe Le Flore – Ina Garten’s fav. Then walked around, did some shopping – Officine Universelle Buly and Marin Montagut, then walked through the gardens, went to Angelina for their famous Hot Chocolate. Went back to the hotel, napped, and then to Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Got dinner at a cafe then took an Uber to Trocadéro to watch the Eiffel Tower twinkle at night. It twinkles every hour on the hour. We got there at 10:15p and waited until 11p. It was magical.
    European Vacation 2

  • Double Decker Bus Tour

    Highly recommend doing a double decker hop on hop off bus tour. It’s a way to see the city, get a lay of the land, and cover a lot of ground. We picked it up near our hotel, went to see Notre Dame, even though it’s not open yet, then went to Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, boat ride on the Seine River, Galeries Lafayette, which is the amazing department store, and the Louvre. We went back to the hotel, took a nap, and then went to a cabaret called Paradis Latin, which was SO GOOD!

  • Day 7 - Fly Home

    Au Revoir Paris! It was magical, even though they were doing a ton of construction to prep for the Summer Olympics. That just means I have to plan another trip. It was good to get reintroduced to the incredible city. I went to Paris in High School so it’s been a minute. I would love to go back in October and wander the streets, shop a little more, and eat at some more incredible cafes. It really does feel romantic when you’re there.
    European Vacation

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