To travel from Paris to Amsterdam on our April vacation, we purchased tickets on the Thalys train. The Thalys is the simplest, fastest, cheapest transportation between Paris and Amsterdam.
After the bombing at the Brussels airport and reading that the terrorists live near Brussels, we checked the routing of the Thalys and learned that it passes through Brussels. The shootings in the California city of San Bernardino show that no place is safe from terror. We decided to ride the Thalys as planned.
When we arrived at the Gare du Nord station in Paris, security was on our mind. Several groups of 3-5 police patrolled the entry hall. This police station opened in the station last April. A metal barrier keeps people away from the door of the police station.
Before boarding the train, security people checked luggage and people. The Thalys stopped in Brussels. The station name, Bruxelles midi, is visible above the platform.
Our April ride on the Thalys was uneventful, as expected. Arriving in Amsterdam, we focused on buying a transit card and catching a tram to our next apartment. But we thought about safety before and during our ride on the Thalys.