Paris Day 5: Luxembourg Gardens & Train to Amsterdam

IMG_1808The time in Paris was coming to an end but the excitement of visiting Amsterdam was growing. The train wasn’t due to depart until 5:25 pm so I nearly had another entire day to explore. Checking out of the hotel was complete and the luggage was left in storage.

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The hotel elevator

I walked across the way to have a French breakfast at a bistro called Le Lutèce. The weather was nice beneath the shade but based on the past few days it was sure to warm up and get humid later on.

 

Jardín du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens) is a 17th century park. It was created beginning in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France. Today the garden is owned by the French senate.IMG_1830

 

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Just a few blocks from the gardens is the Pantheon. The Pantheon was originally built as a church beginning in 1758 dedicated to St Genevieve. It now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens.

 

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Gare du Nord train station

After about a 4 hour train ride through Belgium, I arrived in Holland. Within the first minute of me exiting the train station in Amsterdam with suitcase in tow my first sight was this.

Just a few moments in Amsterdam and I was already in love with the city!

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Hello Amsterdam!
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Amsterdam sunset

 

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