- Posted July 28, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Art where you live
Paris, July 28, 2012: a (small) walk on the ‘wild’ side
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Besides its famous sights Paris - like all big cities – keeps secret and unusual places hidden .
Here a short walk on the track of "La petite ceinture” (little belt railway) (*) where nature has reasserted itself.
In the 19th district, the place has been taken over by graffiti artists who can freely express their talent (despite a very limited audience!).
The underground parts are used as a refuge by homeless people.
(*) “The Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture (French for "little belt railway") was a Parisian railway that, from 1852, was a circular connection between Paris' main railroad stations within the fortified walls of the city. In a partial state of abandonment since 1934, the tracks (and some stations) still remain along much of its right-of-way, and the future of its yet-undeveloped property is the subject of much debate as of 2011. Many French railway enthusiasts nostalgically regard the Petite Ceinture as a surviving element of bygone era, and there are several associations whose aim is to protect the abandoned railway and its remaining stations as part of France's national heritage.” (Wikipedia)