La “Petite Ceinture” is one of those Parisian places out of time and space. This explains why I am walking on a disused railway line of 32 kilometers, circling Paris. Opened in sections between 1852 and 1869, the line of the Petite Ceinture (“small belt railway”) was originally intended to allow freight trains and passengers to serve Paris without entering the city and its major rail stations.

After 1900, the line of the Petite Ceinture experienced a long decline due to competition from the nascent Parisian metropolitan.

Today, the line is closed and left fallow: the infrastructure is invaded by urban art and vegetation – but some sections remain open to walks.

February 26, 2021

Maison Martin Margiela coat – Wolford skirt – Monoprix jumper & scarf – Chanel sunglasses – Stuart Weitzman boots – Vintage mittens