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Written by Savi, 14 Comments

Oh the secrets that cities harbour! On our latest trip to Paris, we hopped over to the abandoned tracks of La Petite Ceinture in the 11th Arrondissement. The circular train that served Paris before the Metro, was discontinued in 1934, almost 80 years ago.

We were excited about visiting the tracks ever since a friend tipped us about them (thanks for the lead Deepthi 🙂 ). A decrepit urban space with overgrown weeds and flowers, it sounded right up our street. To our delight the tracks were perfect for spending a quiet afternoon away from the humdrum of the city.

Take the Metro to the Alexandre Dumas Station (Line 2). Walk on Rue De Bagnolet for 10 minutes till you see little road called Rue Florian on the right. Turn into Rue Florian and look for an open door in the wall. You might see a couple of friendly squatters, just walk past them to the tiny staircase leading to the tracks. Once you’re there, take a walk, explore the crumbling tracks, examine the street art, or admire the bright flowers. We spent a pleasant afternoon walking down the tracks and talking to a group of street artists who were painting a wall there.

Secret Paris abandoned railwayThe Tracks

Secret Paris abandoned railway Paris Street ArtStreet Artists 

Of course one can’t spend a dreamy-eyed afternoon, speculating about a bygone age, without an outfit to boot. I wore a white tutu skirt made from a dozen layers of tulle (it’s Paris – you can get away with wearing tutus 😉 ) with a lacy white top.

I added a floral bandeau and some butterfly hair clips. I must give a shout-out to Crown and Glory’s hair accessories.I have such a weakness for floral crowns, and their online store has the most sumptuous headgear. What’s more, the accessories arrived at my doorstep packaged in delicate tissue with a hand-written note – it made me feel like Christmas came in early this year. I’m placing another order at Crown and Glory as I type this 🙂 I pulled together the uber-girly outfit with a pair of grey t-bar shoes and a pastel satchel.

We shot these pictures amidst the flowers growing wild all over the tracks. It would’ve been easy to shoot photos with just the flowers in the frame, but we wanted the decrepitude of the tracks to be part of this post. So we chose to include the littered tracks and the flowers in these frames. A resolutely urban space flirting with the pastoral – that’s La Petite Ceinture.

Skirt: Ebay (available here)

Top: H&M

Floral Bandeau and Butterfly clips : c/o Crown and Glory (available here)

Shoes: H&M

Satchel: Monsoon


Secret Paris abandoned railway FashionThe Tracks of La Petite Ceinture

Secret Paris abandoned rail tracksCrown and Glory goodies

Secret Paris abandoned railway Floral CrownFlowers at the Tracks of La Petite Ceinture

Secret Paris abandoned railway tracksThe Tracks of La Petite Ceinture

Secret Paris abandoned railway TutuTutus make me happy 🙂

Secret Paris abandoned railway - Crown and Glory


Secret Paris abandoned railway Crown and Glory


Check out the other interesting and offbeat things to do in Paris and France.


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14 thoughts on “Secret Paris: Flower Child

  1. its really good to see ur pics . they r just fab. n great sense of style. really impresses me a lot . 🙂

  2. It is not my first time here..first time leaving a comment. You look beautiful, so do the pictures..Need to devote some time to browse through all the posts..

    1. Thanks a ton Kat. Do take some time out to read our posts at Bruised Passports – would love to hear what you think 🙂

  3. I hate to burst the bubble. I went looking for the tracks, and while I found rue Le florian, there was no opening in the wall, just a rusted iron door bolted shut. I could see the street art thru a large crack. However, no way in, no squatters, no nothing. A very big dissapointment.
    Oh and BTW, Rue Le Florian is not
    In the 11th. It is in the 29th

    1. What a shame! They must’ve changed it since we went there – we did have a reader visit the tracks about 6 months back!

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