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Racing through Paris

img_0615.jpgIf this were Amazing Race, I would have lost on the first round. I had planned to take the first train from Brussels to Paris at 7:43 am. However, I arrived too late at Leuven station and had to book the next available Thalys train at 8:43 am (Brussels to Paris: 120 Euro!). Unfortunately, I was half asleep going to Brussels and actually missed the Brussels Zuid train stop. This meant I had to get off the next stop 30 minutes away, take another train going back to Brussels station, and rebook my train ticket, before finally making it for the next available trip, which was at 10:15 am. This meant that I arrived at Paris’ famous Gare du Nord just after 12 noon. Upon arriving, I bought a day ticket for the Metro (8 euro) allowing unlimited use of the subway. The race was still on.

Paris’ Metro system is fascinating. There are I think 15-20 lines criss-crossing the city and train stops every other block. The challenge is to find the most efficient way to get from Point A to Point B. This means knowing which combination of train lines and train stations to get to the destination. For this the subway map is indispensable.

Being pressed for time, I just basically went to four places: The Arch of Triumph, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Church and the Louvre.

 Paris’ Metro subway can get confusing, but the signs are very helpful:


Tourists lining up the Eiffel’s West Pillar:


Notre Dame Church with its gargoyles on guard:


The obligatory tourist photos 🙂 :


img_0557.jpg The Louvre: No albino monk here, but quite possibly an albino hunk haha.






5 thoughts on “Racing through Paris

  1. One word: MetrO. Indispensable app when I travel. It’s given me better and faster options through the Madrid and Barcelona Metro networks than the advice offered by natives themselves.


    Posted by Jason de Villa | February 21, 2008, 1:55 pm
  2. Hi
    Muchisimas Gracias for the keychain! Welcome back too!

    Posted by Jan Ong | February 25, 2008, 4:49 pm
  3. hello Hunk! nice pix!

    well, as for us here, 3 consecutive sunday footraces dito, luneta (2x) and fort bonifacio, been doing my long (2-hour) runs at the races by running 2 loops of the 10k course. ikaw naman try running their park trails im sure maganda dyan, then show us pix… or is it still too cold to run there?

    btw, did u get to see the famous residents of the Louvre? : )

    Posted by butch | February 25, 2008, 5:16 pm
  4. whoa! ure back???

    Posted by butch | February 25, 2008, 5:22 pm
  5. Wow, that sounds unreal haha thanks. I’ll be sure to get enough sleepwhen I’m travelling by train in Europe.


    Posted by ozy | April 15, 2008, 12:46 pm

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