...are the three major cities I had the pleasure of travelling to this June for three weeks.
Paris was so enormous that we barely scraped its surface before we had to rush off to Brussels, where we had some nice down time for a week (filled with fries, waffles, and chocolate), and then it was off to Amsterdam! We stayed at a great hostel next to Vondelpark that actually had a lift so bless the universe for small mercies. In Paris, we lugged suitcases and jet-lagged bodies up a spiral staircase that reminded me of the stairs in the William Wallace monument in Scotland -- basically, you were rubbing the banister with your body and getting all kinds of uncomfortable with it.
In Paris, we visited all the sites such as: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre (I had no idea Winged Victory was there I almost cried with joy), the Orangerie (and saw Monet's Water Lilies series), the Concierge, the Museum of Modern Art, the catacombs, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle, the University of Paris (actually, our class sort of.... ahem snuck into one of the lecture halls and had lecture without the staff realizing it....), and the love lock bridge.
Brussels wasn't as exciting because we were so tired from a week of running all over Paris, but we did get to see the famous "Pissing" statue trios, and again, eat a lot waffles. We also took a trip into Brugges.
Amsterdam was mostly avoiding bicycles and trams and fellow pedestrians, but we did get some partying in at an old church turned into a club and other bars, visited the Anne Frank House, and traveled over to The Hague / Den Haag for some time at the beach.
All in all, it was a great trip and I'd love to go back to Amsterdam or anywhere in the Netherlands, really.