The trip continued to Brussels, Belgium. We took train from Den Haag to Brussels. We bought the ticket at the ticket counter in Den Haag Central Station. We had to take train from Den Haag to Rotterdam Central. It took 2 hours and 25 minutest by train from Rotterdam Central to Brussels. We put our luggage in a locker in Brussels Central Station. We walked around the city center and then continued to Atomium by metro. In Atomium, we went to Mini Europe (Europe miniature park). This park is to permanently close on August 31, 2013 (Mini Europe). Then we visited Atomium and took the lift to one of the corner inside Atomium. Atomium is a stainless stell clad spheres which connected to forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal (Atomium).
In the afternoon, we continued the trip to Paris. We took train (Thalys) from Bruxelles Midi train station at 18:13. It took 1 hour and 22 minutes from Brussels to Paris. We took metro to our hotel which located in the 11th district of Paris (Paris city is divided into 20 districts which is called arrondissements – source: Wiki). The hotel is cheap and it’s convenient (what you pay is what you get :-)), and it is close to the Metro station. The next day we went to Paris Disneyland 🙂 and spent the whole day there.
On the second day, we took metro to Eiffel tower and continued to Arc de Triomphe and then continued to Musèe d’Orsay. The museum has the largest collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and photography. This museum building was originally a railway station (Musèe d’Orsay).
We continued walking to Jardin des Tuileries. This garden is located between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. We did not visit the Louvre since me and my friend had been there before (except my son).
We finished the day by walking to Notre Dame Cathedral and then took Metro back to our hotel.
On the third day, we went to Jardin des Plantes. It is the main botanical garden in France. There are four galleries of the museum inside this garden (the Grande de l’Evolution, the Mineralogy Museum, the Paleontology Museum and Entomology Museum). There is also a small zoo inside this garden. The entrance to the garden is free, but to visit the museum and zoo we had to pay the separate entrance tickets.
After finished walking inside the garden and visited the zoo and some of the museum there, we took metro to Centre Georges Pompidou. The Centre Georges Pompidou has public library and also the house of the largest museum for modern art in Europe ( Musée National d’Art Moderne).
In the fourth day we went to Musèe National du Moyen Age (formerly Musèe de Cluny). It is a medieval museum and houses of variety medieval artifacts.
From Musèe National du Moyen Age, we walked to Jardin du Luxembourg. We spent the day by drinking coffee and sitting there while watching my son running around the park 🙂
We then walked to Le Pantheon which is not far from Jardin de Luxembourg but we did not go inside the Pantheon.
We continued the trip by taking metro to Place de La Concorde took some pictures then walked to Les Invalides. Then we crossed the bridge to the street near the Grand Palais. We finished the trip that day and took metro back to our hotel.
We left Paris the next day by taking flight to Norway from Charles de Gaulle airport.