The Petite Ceinture at Night

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Last Sunday I decided to spend a few hours exploring the remainders of the Petite Ceinture in the 14th arr. of Paris and went to the parc Montsouris. From there you get a fantastic view over the Tranchée Montsouris, one of the nicest part of that railway track when it runs embedded 20 meters in the ground.

The view is really nice with all the green vegetation that has slowly taken over that lost spot. There is a specific atmosphere in this very quiet place. At night when you’re down there, you can hear the nearby metro running & stopping. Gives you the creeps as it sounds first like a ghost train is coming along 😉

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Pushing further West, I ended up at the Porte d’Orléans where the PC becomes a construction site. Realizing that that old building I passed along for decades was actually the building of one of the railway stations, I checked the site and found access to the bottom of the area. Down there, the view is great and I went for an improvised LP session down there. The all surrounding sodium lighting messed up with my white balance and it was really hard to counterbalance the strenght of that light on long exposures. I did a few techniques down there and had some good results.

I started with a few pics of the area. The yellow light is blinding…

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Then I did the full trip. Enjoy the pics !

 

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Anecdotic but true : On my way back I was attracted by this little food store still open at midnight and which allows lazy parisians to feed themselves any time, given they pay in gold 😉

This spot of light, looking like an Oasis in the dark surroundings, full of fresh fruits & vegetables was a strange vision actually. It’s an institution in Paris but often overseen.

 

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Indeed, I was happy getting home, it was darn cold down there. Funny moment of the day :  I met 4 italians looking for an entry to the catacombs that is located somewhere in the tunnels down there…

Life’s full of surprises 🙂

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