Monday, May 21, 2007

Walking on the Train Gang


There's a bunch of people, and I don't know if they are the same ones who seem to know all those secret entrances to the Catacombes, but they somehow manage to get to all the good places and I don't know how. Or probably more realistically I don't know 'who'.

Walking through the south of the city near Alésia I came across one of those strange bridges that crosses the rather spooky old disused railway that was called the 'Petit Ceinture' or the 'little belt' which circled the town. And there, sure enough, were a couple of chaps happily strolling along like any other Sunday strollers, except that this walk is not normally open to the public (and it was Saturday, but that's not the point)!

The shot was snapped on the spur of the moment and leaves a lot to be desired with terrible light but you still get the sense of a nice leafy walk but you'd never guess that it was just round the corner from Montparnasse in one of the world's most popular city destinations.

Although I'm dying to do this walk, it must be a bit eerie going through those abandoned tunnels where trains used to chug in days of yesteryear, deep down in the cutting surrounded by ominous high walls and towering buildings. But you'll be the first to know when I do it.
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4 comments:

Tomate Farcie said...

Oh boy, do I feel old now, lol ... I remember Petite Ceinture when it was still in use. When I was a little kid, I used to look at the wagons and wonder who these people were and what possible fabulous destinations they were on their way to. I invented stories for them. I told myself I would get on one of these trains somedaym too... I guess I never did, for some reason. Always ended up getting on the trains at the Gare Montparnasse, Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord, or Gare de l'Est directly.

bv said...

I've been said these tunnels are not that abandoned. You might cross path with the very wild Paris. I mean very wild...

LadyM said...

if you are adventurous enough i am looking forward to the next step then! keep us posted. thanks.

Paris Set Me Free said...

In fact there are sometimes organised walks and they even get the old train out from time to time so I'm told, so that's one to look out for - must see when the next one is.

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