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Gare Montparnasse sits on the left bank of the River Seine, on the border of the 14th and 15th arrondissements. With 550 daily connections, it is the capital’s third busiest station. Served by the high-speed TGV, passengers will find trains connecting Gare Montparnasse to the west and southwest of France, as well as intercity and regional routes. The journey from Nantes is around 220mins, or a trip from Bordeaux requires 3h10mins, while those travelling from Hendaye, right on the Spanish border, can expect a journey time of approximately 6h00mins. Once at the station, visitors can get around the city by hopping onto lines 4, 6, 12 and 13 of the metro. Alternatively, they can choose from an array of buses, including the RATP, Noctilien night bus, or lines 1 and 4 of the Direct Bus. There are several other train stations in the French capital, the busiest of which is Gare du Nord, located in the north of Paris.
Although not one of the most popular areas of the city for tourists to explore, the districts surrounding Gare Montparnasse still behold many worthy attractions, and all within walking distance from the station. Forged in the 1920s as an artistic area of Paris, painters like Gauguin, Matisse, Soutine and Chagall have all made their mark here. A 10-minute stroll from the station will lead to the first of a collection of cafes made famous by the literary greats who frequented them. La Coupole, Le Dôme, La Rotonde and Closerie des Lilas became creative hubs, where award-winning author, Gide, as well as poet and playwright, Apollinaire, would spend their time. Wandering around the narrow streets that surround these cafes, tourists can discover traces of visual artist by Man Ray and Picasso. From here, a walk along Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs or Rue de la Grande Chaumière will lead past the former workshops of Gauguin and Modigliani.
A 15-minute walk from the station will take visitors to Avenue de l'Observatoire and its surrounding gardens. Within Jardin Marco Polo is an impressive bronze fountain designed by Gabriel Davioud. Visitors can explore the immense grounds of Le Jardin du Luxembourg, which cover a staggering 23 hectares, dating back to 1612.
Any travellers pushed for time can find peace and quiet even closer, with the Jardin Atlantique right behind the station. Here they can enjoy 3.5 hectares of green space, along with the Musée Jean Moulin, and a memorial to General Leclerc de Hauteclocque and the liberation of Paris. This can all be easily accessed via a metal staircase, just before track 1 at Gare Montparnasse.
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