Subject: RE: ZINE Madrid and Paris-need help!
Hi, JH... we flew into Brussels and took the Thalys high speed train to Paris, arriving at Gare Nord. We did reserve our tickets ahead at Rail Europe and checked the schedule first on the Thalys site:

No sure if you really have to reserve, but probably better, as I saw people who didn't have reserved seats standing. It was a very quick trip -- about an hour and a half. Here is the raileurope site... I don't see a phone number for them now:

We actually booked Rail Europe -- our tickets were fed-exed to us -- through DER Travel in Rosemont, IL. We reserved on the phone, but I no longer see a phone number available.... DER is a Rail Europe agency:

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