The more we read about the Netherlands, the more we are intrigued. We are experienced independent travelers who have made numerous trips to Europe but have never stopped in The Netherlands except to change planes. We are inveterate museum goers who always look froward to trying local dishes, seeing the architecture and trying to understand the culture and history. We try to learn a little about the history, art, literature, and language of a country before we visit. Fortunately we have a runnimg head start for history and art. In fact, we just added to our things to do with our lives, is to see all known Vermeers which are measly 34 plus some disputed works.
We will fly into Brussels stay a couple of days, go to Bruges for a couple of days and then head to Amsterdam. What would be the most efficient way in 10 days (we could add a few more, if necessary) Amsterdam, Delft, Delta Project, Haarlem, and The Hague? Would a second base location be advisable? We will either go May or September.
We can rent a car but know that a car in many European locations is a greater burden than a help and no, we cannot bicycle as a means of locomotion. It seems the trains, as is the wont in most European countries, is the most effective and cheapest mode to get around. But we are open to suggestions.
Also can you also recommend writers of better fiction from The Netherlands and Belgium besides Georges Simenon?
Thank you for repsonses in advance.