"When everything was lit as brightly as the café in the Gare du Nord"
Gare du Nord
Creative Commons AttributionGare du Nord - Credit: Jan Ramroth

 Gare du Nord, meaning simply 'North Station', is one of the largest terminus railway stations in Paris, and the busiest in Europe.  As part of the SNCF network, it carries passengers throughout France and other European countries including the UK, Germany and Belgium.  It opened in 1846, and had to be expanded fourteen years later. 

The destination cities, both domestic and international, are famously represented by 23 female statues on the crown and facade of the building.  These include Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, London and Frankfurt.