Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Jardin d'Enfants

In a little corner of the eighteenth arrondissement, there is a garden, Les Jardins du Ruisseau, a jardin pedagogique, a garden for the neighborhood children, a place where they can learn to grow tomatoes, rosemary, peppers and flowers to their heart's delight, all year long:

Families come on Sundays and picnic in the garden:

The gardens are on a former train platform of the Petite Ceinture, an old railroad that used to circle halfway around Paris from the seventeenth to the twentieth arrondissement and beyond:

It is no longer in service.

Part of this railroad is now covered with parks, basketball courts, and pedestrian walkways where kids can run and roller skate and ride their bicycles, and dogs can be walked:

There is lots of graffiti that cover the old platforms of the train stations:

Further away, the SNCF provides cars for shelter for the homeless:

Click here for more pics of the garden, and here for more pics of the Petite Ceinture.

If you read French, click here and here for more information and history of the Petite Ceinture.


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