October 12 - October 26, 2013

We jetted off to Europe with our travel buddies, Gary and Susan Meltz; we stayed six nights in London, four nights in Amsterdam and three nights in Paris. Marlene and I had been to London and Paris; we had never been to Amsterdam.

Marlene spent countless hours researching eating venues in the three cities; she had thirteen dinner reservations booked before we left St. Louis. Three of our London dinners are not reviewed here, including two after-theatre meals. And while we were "four for the table" on this trip, we have not reviewed our travel buddies' food, as it's difficult and unfair to evaluate a dish from a proffered taste.

London - This was our fourth visit to London, although we hadn't been there since 1989. Our eight night stay in 1973 included airfare, hotel and theatre tickets for $269 per person. Theatre tickets alone cost us more this time around.
Amsterdam - We braved a disappointing tour of the Anne Frank House, slogged through various art museums, and took an excellent Jewish history walking tour. But while the Netherlands has never been known as a culinary destination, the highlight of our stay in Amsterdam was the food.

Paris - Our first visit to Paris in 1985 was for ten days. We devoured the tasting menus at Guy Savoy, Michel Rostang, Lapérouse and more. We don't eat like that anymore; we can no longer stomach the quantity or the calories. But the eating was no less satisfying.

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