I have been riding around on trains for a week, and I love trains, so that’s been mostly nice. I’m not gonna lie, French trains are pretty frustrating, but other than that, its still better than flying and such. We went from Genève to Paris on the TGV, I got to wander around Paris a bit with my parents, climb a really tall hill for a view, generally walk a lot (I like walking). then take a Thalys train to see my friend in Brussels. Today we went to Ghent, which was really pleasant, walked a bunch, enjoyed the city, took a train back to Brussels.
We went grocery shopping by bus this morning - which is very weird to me, because everything I need to do grocery wise is within walking distance of my apartment at home, but the Turkish market is not so close to my friend’s apartment in Brussels, so we took a bus ride halfway across town to the Turkish market
It’s been fun traveling, and catching up with friends and family.
Me near Sacre Coeur, with the city of Paris sprawling out behind me
I think in my three very brief layovers in Paris, this is my favorite street, Boulevard Rochechouart, it’s got a walkway and bikeway in the middle, a bus lane next to the median on both sides, and beside that only a single lane for cars, then more wide sidewalks on the actual edges. It’s a really neat place to walk.
A building that seems to have been the Post Office in Ghent - the architecture in Ghent is amazing, and the trams are super easy. Trams ftw.
Waiting for the train in Genève, the train we needed was 40 minutes late, which caused a cascade of troubles for us, but we still made it to Paris in one piece. Swiss trains on the other hand, very timely, and very pleasant. I had 0 troubles on Swiss trains.
Really cool castle sitting in the middle of Ghent, and of course, trams!
Bruxelles Midi/Zuid Station. Lots of trains
The legendary Gare du Nord in Paris. The underground part… I got stuck inside the turnstile zones for 30 minutes… my ticket wouldn’t open the fare gates to let me out… I felt extremely dumb, but eventually I got out, got on my Thalys train, and without more trouble happily made it to Bruxelles.