• LOCATION 29 | Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages

    La Petite Ceinture

    La Petite Ceinture on Paris audio tour Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages

    Well actually, there is something, it’s just hidden way below you.

    Please use the pedestrian crossing on your left to cross the road and continue down rue Liard, the street that goes downhill, away from the park. Try and look through the fence on your left and down. If the vegetation is too dense or too high, don't worry, keep walking down the street, and I’ll show you a better view in a minute.

    Remember the train tracks on the bridge? Well, you are now above the other train line going through parc Montsouris, the “Petite Ceinture” or “PC”. This is French for “small belt” because the line started to circle Paris in 1852.

    The PC actually worked quite well, and peaked in popularity in 1900, as the trains were packed to see the attractions at the World Fair, at the end of the line on the Champ de Mars. But you know what else was new in 1900? The metro. That’s right, over time, modern buses and the brand new metro network caused fewer and fewer people, including myself to use the PC. I mean, steam trains in the age of electricity? The regular service switched to freight trains only in 1934, and eventually stopped completely in 1993.

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Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages