Amsterdam to Paris

The train station in Amsterdam

The train station in Amsterdam

I liked Amsterdam.  It is clean and organized, from the ticket lines at the museums to the signage at the train station.  It’s easy to get around and everyone speaks English.  As our Heineken cruise guide said “There’s more to Amsterdam than prostitutes and coffee shops.”

It was an easy walk from our B&B to the train station, where we boarded the Thalys high speed train to Pairs.  The ride was smooth, comfortable and fast, reaching a maximum speed of 300 km/hr, or 186 mph.  It felt like we were rolling right along as the countryside sped by.

From the Gare du Nord train station in Paris it was a short 10 minute walk to the apartment at 74 rue Dunkerque.  We rented the apartment through VRBO.com, and it was perfect; two bedrooms and roomy.  We have found that apartment rentals beat hotels every time, and if you split the cost, it is more economical too.

The apartment we rented on VRBO.com.

The apartment we rented on VRBO.com.

my room

A market is one block away, and a pastry shop is in the same block.  We are also one block from the Anvers metro station stop.

Apartment builiding on Dunkerque

Apartment building on Dunkerque

Pastries in the shop on our block

Pastries in the shop on our block

After unpacking and grocery shopping (food in the market was reasonably priced, a bottle of wine around 5 euros), we took a walk up to Sacre-Coeur to get our bearings.  It had clouded over and there was a cold wind, still, the streets were full.  There is no end to the tacky souvenir shops and even in February there were many tourists.  We made an initial reconnaissance of the area for future lunch spots and found a money changing shop.  All essential.

The carousel at the foot of Sacre-Coeur

The carousel at the foot of Sacre-Coeur

Place de Tertre in Montmartre

Place de Tertre in Montmartre

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Nikon color sketch feature on a pastry shop window in Montmartre

Nikon color sketch feature on a pastry shop window in Montmartre

Back at the apartment it was heaven to relax in a toasty warm roomy place of our own with a kitchen.

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There are endless tacky souvenir shops lining the streets to Sacre-Coeur

There are endless tacky souvenir shops lining the streets to Sacre-Coeur

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Le Chat Noir, an iconic poster art image from the Montmartre cabaret established in 1881.  The artist was Steinlen.  This is image is EVERYWHERE and on everything imagineable here in the Montemartre area of Paris

Le Chat Noir, an iconic poster art image from the Montmartre cabaret established in 1881. The artist was Steinlen. This is image is EVERYWHERE and on everything imagineable here in the Montemartre area of Paris

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4 Responses to Amsterdam to Paris

  1. Rich says:

    Thanks for sharing, Laura! I always enjoy seeing your beautiful photos and reading about your adventures. Enjoy the City of Lights! Rich

  2. Teresa Favazza says:

    Luv the carousel and I remember walking up that street in Montmartre.
    Good thing u bought gloves!

  3. Russ Garvey says:

    Am I the only one who noticed the pastries? Yum!

  4. Joanie says:

    I remember the day I was at Sacre-Coeur it was very cold. Once again living vicariously through your photos. Thanks for sharing …. Enjoying so much. 😄

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