Rick Steves’ Europe through the Backdoor 2009

As applied to my Amsterdam, Paris Luxembourg trip. I didn’t see Luxembourg in the index though so no help there. And I’d rather have a condensed list like this one than the 15 or so pages in the book on these 2 cities.

Amsterdam

House of Hajenius (Rokin 92) = cigar shop that takes you back to 1915.

Paradox (Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 2, 2 blocks from the Anne Frank House) = the most pleasant coffee shop according to Rick Steves.

De Hortus Botanical garden (no location given) = garden that dates from 1638.

Electric ladyland (Tweede Leliedwarsstraat 5-HS) = tiny black-light art museum.

Paris

This one is set up as kind of a walking tour.

Start at the Arc de Triomphe (284 steps to the top), walk down Champs-Elysees, stop at Fouquet’s (stuffy inside but good for people watching outside) or Laduree (which Rick Steves prefers) for cofee, stop at a pedestrian island to look around, finish walking down Champs-Elysees to the place de la Concorde.

Then catch a cab to rue Cler (the pedestrian section begins at the corner of rue Cler and rue de Grenelle). Cafè Rousillon, Top Halles for fruit, The Franprix for groceries, Asie Traiteur for fast Asian food, La Maison du Jambon for deli food to go, Cafè du Marche for a reasonable meal, Caffe Vergnano for a blend of Starbucks/ bakery/ Italian food.

Then west to 8 rue du Champ de Mars and L’Epicerie Fine where Pascal will teach you about French food culture. Back on rue Cler, old fashioned and newer chocolatecan be found at La Mere de Famille Gourmand Chocolats Confiseries.

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  1. Dutchpiet says:

    When you come to Luxembourg, why not call/mail? My husband will gladly take you on a tour through the town (it’s small and all is in walking distance). Even if it’s tiny, it is worth the trip!!

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