Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris (Part 2)

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).

Grand Palace, Brussels

Grand Palace, Brussels

Guildhalls on the Grand Place

Guildhalls on the Grand Place

Tintin, Brussels

Tintin, Brussels

Mannequin pis

Mannequin pis

Belgium waffel

Belgium waffel

Atomium

Atomium

Mini Europe

Mini Europe

Mini Europe

Mini Europe

Atomium

Atomium

View from inside Atomium

View Atomium

Inside the escalator to top of Atomium

The roof view inside the elevator to top of Atomium

inside Atomium

inside Atomium

The stairs inside Atomium

The stairs inside Atomium

Escalator inside Atomium

Atomium

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.

Disneyland, Paris

Disneyland, Paris

Disneyland, Paris

Disneyland, Paris

Disneyland, Paris

Disneyland, Paris

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).

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Musèe d'Orsay

Musèe d’Orsay

one of Van Gogh painting

Self portrait by Van Gogh

inside Musèe d'Orsay

inside 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).

the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

We finished the day by walking to Notre Dame Cathedral and then took Metro back to our hotel.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

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.

Bee Hotel

Bee Hotel

in the garden

in the garden

the zoo inside the garden

the zoo inside the garden

the zoo inside the garden

the zoo inside the garden

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the Grande de l’Evolution

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the Grande de l’Evolution

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the Paleontology Museum

the Paleontology Museum

the Paleontology Museum

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).

Centre George Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou

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.

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Musèe National du Moyen

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Musèe National du Moyen

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Musèe National du Moyen

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 🙂

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Jardin du Luxembourg

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Jardin du Luxembourg

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Jardin du Luxembourg

We then walked to Le Pantheon which is not far from Jardin de Luxembourg but we did not go inside the Pantheon.

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Le 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.

Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde

Les Invalides

Les Invalides

the Bridge next to Grand Palais

the Bridge next to Grand Palais

Grand Palais

Grand Palais

Petit Palais

Petit Palais

We left Paris the next day by taking flight to Norway from Charles de Gaulle airport.

16 comments

  1. sikiky · April 6, 2013

    Cakep banget bangunan tua-nya. Yola selasa ini kesana…
    Dan gw masih penasaran deh rasa wafel di belgia itu…dulu temen gw malam malam kirim gambar itu waktu dia day trip dari belanda…ngiler sayah…hahah

    • almondnuts · April 6, 2013

      Loe ga ikutan Ky? Waffel Belgia emang yg paling enak😀

      • sikiky · April 6, 2013

        Ngga boleh sama dia, kan gw tulis di blog hahahahah…

      • almondnuts · April 6, 2013

        Ooo… Yg itu tho:-)
        Loe kapan kesini? Masih saljuan lho. Springnya belum nyampe kesini;-)

      • sikiky · April 6, 2013

        Dikumpulin dulu piti-nya… :))
        Target sih kota yang ada tumpangan hidup aja hahahahha *irit*
        Copenhagen paling pengen…

      • almondnuts · April 6, 2013

        Gw cuma pernah bentar di CPH, lagi transit bbrp jam dan gw sempet2in jalan2 ke kotanya. Walhasil gw harus check-in lagi… Hihihi

      • sikiky · April 6, 2013

        Hahhaha my early life grew up with handersen stories sih…
        Jadi pengen tau aja kotanya hahah

      • almondnuts · April 6, 2013

        Oooo:-)
        Sekalian kunjungin legoland di Billund.

      • sikiky · April 6, 2013

        Owh oke…legoland di johor baru juga ada sih…hahahaha bagusan di sana kali ya? Belum baca baca lagi gw

      • almondnuts · April 6, 2013

        Bukannya asal lego dari Denmark? Ada kartunnya di youtube. Ntar gw cariin.

      • sikiky · April 6, 2013

        Iyep becul…dan legoland sekarang buka juga di JB…emang strategi mereka oke juga, manfaatin negara tetangga yang infrastuktur bagus.
        Hellokity land juga buka disana tapi mungkin ngga sekeren negara asal…belum browsing2x lagi sik hahaha

      • almondnuts · April 6, 2013

        Search ‘lego story’ di youtube, ntar ada kartunnya. Bagus. Gw pengen kesana, blm tau kapan.

      • sikiky · April 6, 2013

        Ya hayolah kita bareng…hahahahah
        Si brian masih inget kezia ngga tuh?

      • almondnuts · April 6, 2013

        Masih ingat, klo Kevin yg dia yg agak lupa kayanya.

  2. nyonyasepatu · April 6, 2013

    Wafflenya 3nak bgt kayaknya

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