OK. I know this is one of those "how long is a piece of string questions?" However, I would value the opinions of people who are better informed.
We're planning a small trip of about 8 to 10 days in Feb 2011 ex UK, most likely by train. I thought Belgium/Amsterdam might be a good option - I know the weather won't be the best, but I'm expecting lots of museums, warm cafes and that sort of thing. Our style will be strolling around, popping into that shop and this, having a coffee or something stronger every now and again, marvelling at the architecture... so basically pretty relaxed.
On the question of Bruges, I have read many conflicting accounts. Some say one day is more than enough and others say they wish they could have stayed a week. I guess we would also use Bruges as a base to visit Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels. I see that Lonely Planet suggests 7 days for these places, so that might preclude going to Amsterdam...that doesn't bother me, if Belgium is interesting enough to warrant 7 days, I'm happy to stay there that long. Please let me know what you think - also those who know Belgium and Amsterdam, would 7 days in Amsterdam be better? I mean, more to see and do, more diverse...
Thanx in advance.