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    Walking Nice, France – Main Shopping Street to Nice Ville Train Station from Place Massena
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    Walking Nice, France – Main Shopping Street to Nice Ville Train Station from Place Massena

    February 14, 2020

    Hello Walkers! 😀
    Welcome to beautiful Nice, France 🇫🇷 Ahead is the ‘Nine Oblique Lines’ sculpture
    next to the beach on QUAI DES ÉTATS-UNIS It’s a Saturday early afternoon in July 2019 with the temperature currently 29°C/84°F ESPLANADE GEORGES POMPIDOU RUE SAINT-FRANÇOIS DE PAULE View east towards Cours Saleya Flower Market RUE DE L’OPÉRA PLACE MASSENA In front is the Fountain of the Sun with five bronze sculptures in the basin and an impressive marble Apollo in the centre
    weighing 7 tons and 7 meters (23 feet) tall PROMENADE DU PAILLON Mirror Water Fountain is a 3,000m²
    paved section dotted with 128 water jets BACK ONTO PLACE MASSENA JUNCTION WITH AVENUE FÉLIX FAURE View north-east along RUE GIOFFREDO
    Galeries Lafayette Nice department store AVENUE JEAN MÉDECIN (heading north-northwest) Masséna tram stop for the T1 route that runs
    from Henri Sappia to Hôpital Pasteur Junction with RUE DE LA LIBERTÉ (left)
    and RUE DE L’HÔTEL DES POSTES (right) Junction with RUE PASTORELLI Junction with BOULEVARD DUBOUCHAGE Nice Etoile (Nicetoile) shopping centre with more than 90 shops,
    restaurants, and services Jean Médecin T1 tram stop MONOPRIX supermarket Junction with AVENUE DU MARECHAL FOCH FNAC Nice department store which covers an area of 3,700m²
    over four floors Across the street is the
    Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption which is a Roman Catholic basilica,
    designed by Louis Lenormand and built between 1864 and 1868 Junction with RUE DE PARIS AVENUE THIERS (heading south-west) Construction site for what will be
    a modernised train station building as well as retail, restaurants and a hotel View south down RUE PAGANINI Nice Ville Train Station (Gare de Nice Ville) which provides high speed (TGV)
    and local (TER) services Our walk is coming to an end soon 😞 So please smash the LIKE button 👍 SHARE the video with friends on social media and leave a thoughtful COMMENT down below Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE for more videos
    (if you haven’t already) and tap the bell icon to be notified
    when I post new videos 🔔 So until next time,
    bye for now! 😘

    What’s The Story Behind The Fake Façades of Paris?
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    What’s The Story Behind The Fake Façades of Paris?

    February 12, 2020

    Hello and bonjour encore ! I’m back in Paris
    and this is the door to number 1 bis, Rue Chapon. Or is it? You can knock on it and wait here for as long
    as you want, but no-one is ever going to open it and let you in, and that’s not just because
    they’re Parisians; it’s also because this is an art installation; the door appeared
    here early one Saturday morning in 2006 on what was previously a blank wall. And that got me thinking. I wonder how many other fake doors there are
    in the city, maybe even whole fake buildings, that people walk past every day without ever realising
    they’re not real? I bet there are so many they won’t even
    fit into this intro. We’re starting our fake building quest right
    in the middle of Paris at the Pompidou Centre. The architects famously put all the normally
    hidden parts of a building on the outside, from the structural supports, to electrical
    equipment, to these huge white ventilation shafts. What you end up with is a normal building
    on the inside that looks like some weird industrial infrastructure on the outside. And of course we’re here to see almost the
    exact opposite of that. And it all starts with another ventilation
    shaft in London. This is Leinster Gardens, a beautiful street
    near Paddington Station, and if you hang out in the same parts of YouTube that I do, someone’s
    probably already told you about the fake buildings at numbers 23 and 24, that were built to disguise
    a ventilation shaft for the tube; But what you may not know, is that Paris has loads
    of these. And just round the corner next to this protest
    I think we might have found one. Number 29 rue Quincampoix looks real at first
    but as you get closer you can see that the windows have all been painted on. Why? Well during the pedestrianisation of Paris’s
    city centre in the 70s and 80s, they built a huge network of underground road tunnels
    here, and the artwork was commissioned to disguise a ventilation shaft, which you can
    see when you look at the satellite view on Google maps. It’s beautifully done but if we’re being
    picky (which to clarify we absolutely are) it’s pretty obvious that it’s not a real
    building. But a short walk away there’s another, and
    this one is a lot harder to spot. Number 44 Rue d’Aboukir is a typical traditional
    6-story Parisian building until you look closely at the front door. This notice tells you it belongs to the RATP,
    the company that runs Paris’s public transport and sure enough it’s hiding another ventilation
    shaft. This time it’s for the underground railway tunnel that carries suburban RER trains between
    Les Halles and the Gare du Nord. The transport company designed the façade
    to blend in as much as possible with the rest of the street and you’d have to say they did a pretty good job. Which is more than can be said for what the
    electricity company did just up the road. In the 1970s Electricité de France put a
    substation on Rue Bergère and it was kind of ugly and the residents complained so they
    thought, ok, why don’t we do what the RATP did, and build a façade in front of it. So they did. But I feel like they didn’t quite understand
    the bit about blending in. See if you can spot it. To be fair number 27 is a pretty convincing
    building, the only problem is that it would have been less ugly if it was just an electrical
    substation. We’ve now walked almost all the way up to
    the Gare du Nord which is admittedly partly because I have to catch a train in about 15
    minutes but that’s ok because as we know, trains mean ventilation shafts, and ventilation
    shafts mean fake facades. And what’s coming up next is probably the
    best and most famous of the lot. The house at 145 rue la Fayette was 90% demolished
    in the 1980s to make way for a ventilation shaft, or an entrance to the underworld, depending on whether you listen to the RATP or Umberto Eco. I’m not going to tell you who you should
    believe, but the historic façade was fully preserved, together with its classic 2nd floor
    balcony, and the guardians of the underworld seem to have put scaffolding behind it for
    maintenance purposes. So if you could get inside, you’d be able
    to climb up and open the windows. Any attempt to actually do this would be extremely
    dangerous and hugely illegal, which means, of course, there’s a YouTuber who’s done it. You can check out the link in the description below but
    before you do that there’s time for one final stop just around the corner at number
    174 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis. And yes it’s yet another ventilation shaft. There are in fact at least another 5 fake
    facades in Paris (that we know about), so there’s more to explore, but for today we’ll end
    our tour here, because there’s only so many stupid jokes I can make about large-scale
    ventilation, and to be honest, I’m not a big fan. OK WHO WROTE THAT? If you’d like to see the fake facades of
    Paris (from the outside at least), you can follow my exact route using the Google Maps link in
    the increasingly long description below. It takes about an hour and I recommend doing
    in the reverse order if you’d rather be going downhill. Anyway thanks for watching and I’ll see
    you soon.

    FEBRUARY 2020 Bullet Journal Setup | PLAN WITH ME | Tekukor | French theme
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    FEBRUARY 2020 Bullet Journal Setup | PLAN WITH ME | Tekukor | French theme

    February 3, 2020

    hi everyone I’m Torryn and welcome to my
    channel I do bullet journal setups every month and this month is obviously
    February and it’s time to see how I set up the journal for this month I’m starting with a little quick flip
    through of the previous month of January just showing you how I filled it out I
    definitely used it this last month probably to be honest the most I’ve ever
    used it and it was it was attached to me I was taking it to work I was keeping it
    beside my bed it was awesome okay so moving on to the cover page of
    February so last month I did J for Japan and now this month is F for February and
    which I’ve taken to be F for France so I’ve started with a typical very
    stereotypical drawing of a girl who’s in France in Paris near the Eiffel Tower on
    a bike with a baguette and a flag as you do I’m sure you see these people all the
    time in Paris so I’m using my Artline to sketch out the drawing and then I go in
    for a bit of pop of color with the red and the blue and then the text wasn’t
    really standing out too much so I went around it with a white gel pen and I
    think that helped the text stand off a little bit so here I’m adding in a little sneaky
    reference to Valentine’s Day on the 14th Feb I thought I’d add it into the sky as
    a like a cloud so very minor reference to that special day and then I am
    colouring it in with my prismacolor pencils just in that circular part just
    to make that stand out from the page a little bit more it was all kind of
    blending in so I think this helped to make the cover page really pop and now I
    am cutting around the very right-hand edge where I put that line in in the
    beginning so that it gives you that sort of what’s it called a Dutch door I think
    it is it reveals the page beneath where I’ve just filled in a little calendar in
    the top right-hand side so it just adds a lot of interest I think I really like
    doing this on my cover pages if some reason it’s like a natural bookmark so
    you can flick right to it so now it’s time to work on the calendar
    page now I’m just using I just used my hand I don’t use a ruler for these
    because I quite like that natural organic line that you get of not using a
    ruler makes you feel like it’s a very simple you know effortless chore that
    you’re doing takes no time at all to do these fancy spreads in your bullet
    journal this page is going to be themed of the artist kind of style for France
    as it’s very famous for its art so I kept with the flag theme and just gave a
    paintbrush at the top just add a little bit of interest and then I used the
    other end of the dual tip markers that I used on the cover page there Ohuhu
    markers if anybody is interested and they’re water-based so that they don’t
    they don’t actually bleed through the paper and you’ll see in the future of
    this in the next page I think it is that I forget about the whole water-based vs.
    alcohol-based and I use an alcohol marker and it kills me but okay so
    moving on we’re now onto the next spread and this is my to do list page so this
    pen I’m using here is a new pen to me came in the post this week I was very
    excited it’s the tombow calligraphy pen I’ll actually find out the proper name
    and I’ll even link it below in case anyone is interested but man it makes
    your calligraphy so much easier and you can really get that bold definition
    between your down strokes which are thicker and your upstroke upstroke
    which are thinner so I’m really loving that pen and it’s a bit of a lifesaver
    so I use it all through this month set up now this page I actually theme from like
    I’m looking above down at a coffee cup with a croissant on on the side I use really
    rough strokes to create the croissants so that it’s got that more natural like
    a rustic feel to it because yeah I just wanted that sort of pastry to look a
    little bit flaky and I thought by doing that cross hatching kind of style very
    loose strokes it would give that impression I’m adding some coffee beans
    around the coffee mug just because it really doesn’t look like a coffee mug
    from above so I had tried to emphasize that that’s what it was but meanwhile
    it’s actually my good goodliness page so where I’m tracking all my good habits
    like drinking water what two litres of water there although it does look like
    21 water it is 2 litres of water you know things like that walking the dog
    having being healthy oh this is where I accidentally use alcohol markers and it
    bleeds through the page and I’m crushed absolutely crushed completely forgot
    about that so please don’t do that in your own books I’m yet to find a paper
    that will not bleed through with alcohol markers in a bullet journal I don’t
    think they exist but that’s okay because I love using watercolor and pencils and
    water-based markers are still all good so moving on to the next page which is
    now the YouTube planner and this one I’ve themed as a flat lay where we’ve
    got like a Chanel perfume we’ve got an Yves Saint Laurent bag some jewelry some
    wedding rings and this is where I plan all of my YouTube videos that I’m going
    to film that month and any ideas or requests that I get throughout the month
    I’m just going to kind of chuck them in over the page and build it up that way
    because otherwise the spreads get kind of boring to me I mean I’m an artist in
    general so I like to make things a little bit more interesting on the pages
    so I hate just like a plain blank page just doesn’t entice me to want to draw
    on it but if I’ve got something like this I can fill it in
    I know it makes me want to continue my bullet journaling so that is why it’s a
    very busy spread or throughout and yeah this is what it is looking like using that hint of pink gives it a more
    fashioney vibe and I’m just using it to shade in things so that they kind of
    look like they’re sitting down on the page the shadows moving on to the final
    spread which is my weekly planner so this one I kept a different format than
    my January planners I’ve allowed myself some space on each page to write three
    or four days worth of notes so in these sections I plan out my days so that I
    don’t forget commitments that I’ve booked in or appointments or things that
    I wanted to achieve that day so I write all those in and then – I’m still using
    that tombow calligraphy pen which I think automatically makes it look like
    you’ve you know you’ve really planned it out a little bit more and then to jazz
    it up through the center I’ve done the grapes.. the beautiful grapes that make
    the lovely wine from the French region I sound like I’m.. ‘what do you call those things?’ tour guides! The lovely grapes of France I always like to have a
    larger section somewhere on this spread for notes which is where I put things
    that I want to achieve throughout the week or something to remember I seem to
    always need to write a note somewhere so this gives me that page that automatic
    go to page they don’t lose in my bag on a post-it and to jazz this page up I’ve
    done it themed in some wine grapes kind of style just some very simple grape
    illustrations just using the one fine liner I don’t add any color to this I
    just keep it nice and simple ready for the week ahead and once I’ve cleaned up the sketch
    gotten rid of all the pencil from behind the markers and using my eraser I’ll give
    you a quick flip through of what I have created for this month so we’ve got the
    cover page with our French girl looking very suave with a scarf blowing in the
    wind and we’ve got the the awful alcohol marker on the calendar then we’ve got
    the top-down view of the croissant for the to-do list and then the YouTube
    planner with the fashion icons and the finale is the weekly planner now if you
    want to see the rest of the week’s I do post my individual weekly spreads on my
    Instagram if you want to follow that otherwise if you enjoyed this video
    please do subscribe and I look forward to seeing you in my next one thank you
    see you later

    La Petite Ceinture: What Happened to Paris’s Lost Railway?
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    La Petite Ceinture: What Happened to Paris’s Lost Railway?

    January 26, 2020

    Hellooooo, and bonjour! If you’ve watched
    my videos before, you know we don’t mind exploring an abandoned place or visiting a
    weird railway on this channel. But with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d
    show you that I can be romantic too, so I’ve brought you all to Paris, to see an abandoned
    railway. At the dawn of the 1900s this line was carrying 30 million passengers a year;
    but in 1934 its stations closed their doors forever. So what happened? Why was it abandoned? And why do the tracks seem to have been kept in such good condition? Welcome to Paris’s
    lost railway: la Petite Ceinture. This is the old station at Boulevard d’Ornano
    in the north of Paris. It was one of 30 passenger stations that once served Chemin de fer de
    Petite Ceinture, which literally translates as the little belt railway, a disused line
    that ran in a 32km ring all the way round the city. The building is now a café called
    La Recyclerie, full of boho chic Parisian ladies and the annoying kind of man who’s
    got a beard, a checked shirt, and a laptop so he can work remotely on his stupid job
    in online media. So I’m going to fit right in. The idea of building a circular railway line around Paris dates all the way back to the
    1840s and the very beginning of railways in France. This 1846 map of the city shows new
    terminus stations springing up at St Lazare, Gare du Nord, the Gare d’Austerlitz which
    back then was called the Gare d’Orléans, Denfert-Rochereau and Montparnasse. They would
    soon be joined by the Gare de l’Est, then called the Gare de Strasbourg, and the Gare
    de Lyon. The problem was that they were built by 5 different railway companies, and because
    each company was worried about protecting their regional monopolies, they were running
    5 completely separate and unconnected networks. Everyone could see this needed fixing urgently,
    even if you were a French politician, and the government decided that it would be a
    good idea to build a circular railway to link the networks up. The plan had military backing
    too; the army thought it would be a great way of transporting troops and equipment around
    the 32km ring of walls and defensive fortifications that they had just finished building. And
    actually it would have been quite useful when they were building it mais bon never mind.
    By 1860, a mere 15 years later, the companies had got as far as building a line half way
    round the city. It was enough to connect 5 of the major stations, and transfer freight
    between the 5 networks, and they were pretty much happy to leave it at that. Meanwhile
    one of the companies, the Chemin de Fer de l’Ouest, had started France’s first suburban
    passenger service with a line down to Autueil, a lovely leafy area to the southwest which
    was coincidentally the same place that a lot of rich Parisians had bought second homes.
    Between them, the freight line and the passenger line ran ¾ of the way round the edge of Paris,
    and at this point the companies came under a lot of pressure from the French government
    who were quite keen to hurry up and complete the circle in time to carry passengers to
    the Universal Exhibition of 1867 that they were about to organise. In the space of a
    few years, hastily-constructed passenger stations were opened on the former freight line, the
    passenger line was adapted for use by freight trains, and a new section connected Autueil
    to the Gare d’Orléans across the south. The whole thing opened in February 1867, just
    in time for the exhibition, although the circle wasn’t quite fully completed until 1869
    when a short tunnel provided the final missing link. In the mean time, Paris itself had been busy growing and spreading out, what had originally been planned
    as a freight line in the countryside was now a passenger line on the edge of the city.
    5 million passengers in 1880 became 17 million in 1890, and 38 million in 1900, boosted by
    another Universal Exhibition that year. By this stage it was so busy that most of the
    freight trains had been shunted out onto a new circle further out, which was predictably called
    the Grande Ceinture. But something else happened in 1900: the opening
    of the first Paris metro line. The creation of an east-west link directly through the
    centre of the city started to relieve some of the traffic from the Petite Ceinture and
    as more metro lines were added over the next few years, more and more passengers switched
    over. By 1910 the service on the petite ceinture was cut from 8 trains an hour to 4 and by
    the 1920s passenger numbers had dropped back down under 10 million a year. The Petite Ceinture
    was effectively a victim of its own success: it proved that there was demand for a metro
    system, and then lost most of its traffic to it. Eventually the government pulled the
    plug and on 1st April 1934 the stations were closed to passengers for the final time. The
    trains were replaced by 3 bus lines running parallel to the old tracks, although a tiny
    part of the Petite Ceinture lived on in the route numbers that these were given: the PC1,
    PC2 and PC3. For half a century the railway passed into
    a kind of purgatory; semi-abandoned, but still used by freight trains and the occasional
    empty passenger train that needed to be transferred from one place to another. Parts of the line
    were gradually shut down in the 80s and 90s but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that
    the very final section was closed. Despite its potentially huge redevelopment value,
    the land was sealed off and the tracks were left in place, just in case they might be
    needed again one day. And as the old railway began silently collecting weeds, rubbish,
    and a few adventurous pieces of graffiti, it became quite a weird place, simultaneously
    in the middle of the city and completely removed from it.
    Of course, you can’t really have a 32km corridor of unused space in the heart of Paris
    without a whole load of people arguing about what you should do with it. Because the land
    is still owned by the railway, the city doesn’t actually have any direct power over it, but
    in some areas the two sides are working together to give it back to the public as a green space.
    In the last 10 years, several sections have been opened up and you can now explore them
    perfectly legally. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of parts that are officially
    off-limits if you prefer to explore illegally. So what would the Petite Ceinture look like
    today if it had survived? Well probably something like this. In fact exactly like this. The
    old station at Avenue Henri Martin was reopened in the 1980s when an extension to line C of
    the suburban network, the RER, brought trains running through here again, and in fact for
    5 stops between here and Porte de Clichy you’re travelling on the Petite Ceinture route through
    Petite Ceinture stations. But could a passenger service ever return to the rest of the line?
    Well half the station buildings have been lost to history, and some of the infrastructure
    could use a lick of paint, but the track is still there, the route has been kept safe
    from development, and Paris isn’t getting any less crowded. If the metro becomes more
    congested over the next few decades, it’s not unthinkable that the same system that
    killed off the Petite Ceinture in the 1930s could also be responsible for bringing it
    back to life. If you’d like to take a romantic trip along
    the Petite Ceinture, the best [legal] places to do so are in the southern parts of the
    city – I recommend the elevated section between Balard and Porte de Versailles or
    the woodland section between Auteuil and La Muette. Both of these are about 1½km long
    and fully wheelchair accessible although the woodland one might be a bit dodgy in wet weather.
    If you’re watching this video in the future then it’s possible that they have now opened
    up more sections and it’s also possible you’ll get flattened by a train. Either
    way thanks for watching, I hope you enjoyed the video, and I will see you soon.

    One of the finest award winning model railway layouts made in the United Kingdom
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    One of the finest award winning model railway layouts made in the United Kingdom

    January 15, 2020

    In this video, we take a look at
    the beautiful model railway layout which was built by Maggie Gravett
    and by her husband Gordon Gravett. It is the famous, award-winning
    model railway layout showing a little town in Brittany,
    France, in the early 1960’s. [Pilentum Television]: Please, Gordon,
    would you like to tell the story of this model railway layout to the
    viewers of Pilentum Television? [Gordon Gravett]: The layout
    is based on a small metre gauge railway in Brittany.
    We’ve called it “Pempoul”. The name is purely robbed from a
    small hamlet where there was a sheet we used to stay in, so
    it doesn’t have any sort of bearing on a real railway or
    that the real railway in the area. But the “Réseau Breton”,
    which was quite a sizeable system for a metre gauge railway
    in Brittany, offered us the opportunity to do something
    a little bit different. [Pilentum Television]: Maggie,
    as you know, Pilentum Television is based in Germany.
    And, for a German model railroader it is more or
    less typical constructing a German model railroad scenery.
    But you are living in Great Britain. Why did you choose
    the French railway system for model railroading? And, please,
    explain to the viewers of Pilentum Television, how
    did you start building this amazing layout? Where did you
    get the inspiration from? [Maggie Gravett]: We start to
    work on it, we had to look at papers and pictures and
    maps and all sorts of things, because we knew not a thing
    about this railway. A lot of the British Railways we knew.
    A little bit about or could find out about that the French one.
    The Internet wasn’t bad, but not that good and
    nothing was being built commercially. So we knew, it would
    have to be totally, totally hand-built. Everything you
    saw, had to be hand-built. [Pilentum Television]:
    Maggie, please, tell me, railway modelling by hand
    was the only way to catch the essence of this French
    small town life. How did you learn to make
    such unique buildings? [Maggie Gravett]: I started
    to get involved doing buildings. I didn’t like the
    plastic buildings because they didn’t represent, what
    I wanted them to represent. I wanted funny things. I
    want to strange things. I wanted sheds with roofs
    that had holes in and it’s a little bit more
    difficult, when you’ve got a ready-made or kit ready to make.
    So, I used to build. I still do build my buildings
    right from scratch. [Pilentum Television]: I guess, the
    viewers of Pilentum Television want to know some more of railway modelling.
    Please, tell us a bit of your passion. [Maggie Gravett]: You can build
    a square box as a building, put a roof on it, make it
    look beautiful, but somehow, you don’t feel like anybody
    could live in it because it’s just something missing. And
    very often you can’t even put your finger on it and then
    you change the color scheme. Slightly you put a dent in a front door.
    You break a window in model form and suddenly – it
    looks like it’s been lived in. And, I think that that is,
    what we both try to achieve. Finally, it was written,
    that you needed seventeen years for making this
    wonderful miniature world. And, I guess, the time was worth it. Thank you, Maggie und Gordon, for giving
    us such a great model railway layout.

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    January 11, 2020

    Hello! Hello guys! Today we are going to do something that
    I’m really excited about because I had never heard of it but when we came to Paris
    I did a post on Instagram asking you guys if you had any suggestions of things that we should do and Birgit in Iceland said this. And ‘this’ happens to be an elevated walkway
    that’s ten meters above the street level. It was converted in 1993
    from an old nineteenth century viaduct. The first elevated park walkway in the whole world and I didn’t even know it was here. So thanks, Birgit! We’re going to go check it out. Wow. It’s like a huge garden up here. Oh my god. It’s so lush up here. It doesn’t even feel like we’re in Paris anymore. You can barely hear the traffic even. I mean you can but not as much. Well we’ve been up here for about twenty minutes
    and about two minutes in Marc turned to me and said, ‘I think this is my favourite place in Paris.’ I was ready to commit to that. And I actually had already thought the same thing
    right after we walked up and I saw how lush it was. So I guess we fall hard and fast. This walkway is called Promenade Plantée and you wouldn’t know that this existed
    if you were on street level and where you walk up is right behind
    the Bastille subway station and there are forty-five archways –
    part of the viaduct – that extend far down the road and when you’re walking at street level you don’t know. Like you see trees above
    but you don’t know that there’s a walkway up here. You’d have no idea. When you climb those stairs and you get up here
    for the first time the entranceway is so lush. It truly is a garden with mature trees
    and lots of places to sit and you immediately see people just relaxed
    and there are people strolling along with their pets or their strollers or doing crossword puzzles. We saw this funny sign actually that said joggers are tolerated but they have to yield to walkers because this is a promenade. But this used to be a railway from 1853 to 1969 this was an operating railway and then
    it was abandoned for a long time after it closed and then in 1993 is when it became what it is now. And apparently there was a lot of pushback from Parisians who were not interested in this idea at all, hated the idea,
    and over time it has become really beloved and a place where people can just come and relax and get their fill of greenery
    when urbanism becomes too much, I guess. I was saying that if we lived here
    I would be coming here every day getting my coffee and
    just sitting on these benches ‘cause it’s just such a peaceful place. It is and there’s benches all the way along,
    there’s many places that you can sit down and if you’ve been to the Highline
    in New York City – very similar. I mean it’s the same idea
    but this feels a little bit different. I love both but I had no idea that this existed in Paris and that it was the first one in the world. So I’m so glad for this tip because otherwise
    it just would’ve completely escaped our notice. It’s so nice to see along here
    not only are there stairs to get up and down but there are also elevators all along the walkway so if mobility is an issue or if you have a stroller then you can definitely get up and down
    without any problem. Not to worry. Sorry I’m so slow. Oh it’s all right. I just can’t walk slowly enough,
    it’s so beautiful. I know. So we’ve been walking for a little ways now but we’ve only gone, like,
    a fraction of what’s possible because according to Google maps the old train tracks
    were about fifteen kilometres long and they’ve only restored about five kilometres –
    almost – into parkway. So it just gives you an appreciation for how much
    effort was put into creating this public space. It’s so neat. And I guess there’s some rumour that
    they’re going to extend this maybe towards the end of the fifteen kilometres. Yeah and make more of that abandoned track
    into parkway which would be so cool. We’re just walking by what I think
    is one of the prettiest parts so far where the train tracks have actually
    been filled in to make a little pond and it gets wider in this area. It’s just such a nice little surprise
    as you’re walking along to come across a little pond. Walking along this promenade there’s always
    something kind of different to turn your attention to and behind us is an apartment building
    where it splits into two and the walkway goes directly through it,
    which is really cool. I’ve never seen that before. And right now we’re coming up to the Jardin de Roi. Jardin de Roi, I think is what it’s called. Roi. Roi. And we’re going to cross the little footbridge Now we’re on this little footbridge
    that goes across a park and you can look down and just see people relaxing
    and having picnics and sleeping. And it gets really wobbly
    when these guys are running across. Yeah, if you jump
    it can actually like wobble beneath you. It’s like we’re back in Colombia on that hike. I absolutely loved that promenade Yeah. It’s so cool. We’ve only made it, I think, less than halfway
    but we’re getting very hungry so I think it’s time to… We’re going to get out of here. …get back to street level and get something to eat. But hopefully you guys enjoyed this
    hidden treasure in Paris as much as we did. It was a perfect fall day. Give this video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it
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    Top 7 Abandoned Race Tracks you can visit Legally
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    Top 7 Abandoned Race Tracks you can visit Legally

    January 8, 2020

    Top 7 Abandoned Race Tracks you can visit legally! Opel Test Track The old Opel Test Track, official named Opel-Rennbahn, opened in 1920 as a test facility of the Opel Factory in Rüsselsheim, Germany. It was an oval track, inspired by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Soon they saw the commercial potential of the track, and start to organize races during the weekends. In the golden years 50.000 spectators came to the events. But when in 1927 the Nürburgring opened, and in 1932 the Hockenheimring, the Opel-Rennbahn got tough competition of modern race tracks. In the 30s less races were organized and when WWII broke out in 1939 motor racing stopped. After the war it was used by the US Army, to test military vehicles. But in 1949 the track closed and was left abandoned. In 1987 the abandoned circuit became a monument of industry and technologie. Today a part ot the overgrown track is cleared and equipped with an observation platform. Motodrom Gelsenkirchen Motodrom Gelsenkirchen was a club circuit in Germany, used for amateur stock car racing. Because it was built on the site of the former Alma Colliery and coking plant, it was also known under the name Almaring. The driving direction was counter clockwise. Actually, this race track was something between a small oval and a road circuit. Today the track is still there, complete with the old guard rail. Only the buildings and grandstands are demolished. Old Hockenheimring The old Hockenheimring was a circuit that opened in 1932 as the Dreieckskurs, which is German for Triangular Track. In 1938 it was modified and became it’s famous wing shape with the Ostkurve. In 1964 the section through the village of Hockenheim was replaced by the Motodrom. This is the version we call “old Hockenheim” today. But actually it was the third verion. When the Nürburgring was no longer found suitable for Formule One, the German Grand Prix moved to Hockenheim in the 70s. For safety, 3 chicanes were built in the fast sections through the woods. But for 2002, Formula 1 bosses want to make the long Hockenheimring more friendly for public… The circuit should become shorter with more grandstands. Hockenheim lost it’s historical section through the woods. It was replaced by a new section and the old part was demolished. The empty space was used to plant trees, to compensate the felled trees for the new section. It was one of the most controversial reconstructions of a race track ever! Here you see an old service road in the woods near the Jim Clark Chicane. And this is were the Jim Clark Chicane was… Here was the famous Ostkurve. You can still recognize the embankment of the grandstands. All what left of old Hockenheim is this straight from the Ostkurve to the Senna Chicane. Nürburgring Südschleife You can call the Südschleife the forgotten part of the old Nürburgring, most famous for it’s iconic Nordschleife. The Südschliefe was the smaller Southern Loop, built for national races. It was operational from the opening in 1927 to 1975. Since 1972 only for Tourist Rides. The Northern part of the already abandoned Südschleife was demolished in 1981, for the Construction of the new Grand Prix Circuit. Today the Eastern part of the old Südschleife is a public road. But most of the Western part is still there. A part is still abandoned, while another part is used as entrance road to the parking. Circuit Reims-Gueux The circuit of Reims-Gueux is probably the most famous circuit ruin in the World. The street circuit in Northern France was used for the First time in 1926. Original a part of the circuit ran through the village of Gueux. The First French Grand Prix was held in 1932. In the 1950s and 60s the Formula 1 Grand Prix was held here 11 times. In the 1950 the circuit was also changed, to cut off the loop through the village of Gueux. The last French Grand Prix at Reims-Gueux was in 1966. Untill 1972 the circuit was used for national races. But after the last race in 1972, the major ordered the demolition of all buildings. They started with the pitboxes… But there were elections and a new major came, and he stopped the demolition. So we have to thank him this great memorial to a bygone era is still there. However, since then the old circuit buildings were left abandoned and nature start to claim it back. There were already plans to restart the demolition, to built villas on the site… But in the beginning of the new century, a foundation was founded to preserve the motorsport heritage of Gueux. “Les Amis du Circuit de Gueux” (Friends of the Gueux Circuit). In 2004 they started to clear the site and restore the old buildings. Today the restauration is still going on. By every revisit you see the changes…. They realy do a great job! Old Monza Autodromo Nazionale di Monza opened in 1922 as a 10 km long combination of a high banked oval and a road circuit. In 1938 the original banking was demolished and they changed parts of the road circuit. But in the 50s they want to return to the combination of a high speed oval and a road circuit… So a new banking was built. The new circuit opened in 1955. This is the version we call old Monza today. But the usage of the banking was controversial. After 1961 it was taboo for Formula One, and after 1969 only the road circuit was used for all races. In the 90s there was a plan to demolish the banking to plant trees… Just like they would do later with old Hockenheim! But there was massive protest, among others from Formula One drivers, so they cancelled this terrible plan. Today the old banking is used once a year for the Monza Rally, were they use only the lower part. The rest of the year it’s free accessible for a walk or a ride with a bicycle. Next to the banking is also the old Pirelli Track, a test circuit that was built in 1938 but never used for it’s purpose. The only remained corner still has the original surface. Brooklands Our last circuit is the mother of all race tracks, Brooklands! Brooklands opened in 1907 and was the First purpose built racing venue ever. Because racing on public roads was banned in Brittain they decide to built a permanent race track in Weybridge, near London. The circuit contained a high banked oval and a road circuit inside. There was also a steep hill for testing. In 1908 the First ever airfield of Great Brittain opened on the infield of Brooklands. Manufacturers of cars and airplanes opened factories near the circuit, because of the unique possibilities to test their products. When WWII broke out in 1939 racing stopped and Brooklands closed. During the war the Vickers airplane facory need to expand for the war industrie. A part of the banking was demolished, so the track was not longer usable. To camouflage the sites, holes were made in the surface to plant trees. And when the war was over more parts of the banking were demolished. What remained get the status of National Monument in 2001. Today there are two places were you can legally visit the remains of the Brooklands Circuit. You can visit the Brooklands Museum, which includes the remains of Members Banking and a part of the Finishing Straight. At Mercedess-Benz World you can visit the old Railway Straight. The other remains are on private property and not open for public. But from the public road you can watch a part of the old Byfleet Banking. We’re at the end of the video. But before you go, download your free copy of the Ebook version of this video. I give you more information about the history and how to ge ton the circuits! Also subscribe to my channel, so you don’t miss the next video. Thanks for watching. Bye!

    How France Bought 2,000 Trains That Were Too Wide
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    How France Bought 2,000 Trains That Were Too Wide

    January 7, 2020

    This video was made possible by Skillshare. Start learning for free for two months by
    going to Bonjour everyone and welcome to another episode
    of Half as Interesting, the show that’s like if CGP Grey and a bad stand-up comedian
    had a kid who read too many Wikipedia articles. My name is Sam, and I’m going to talk about
    French trains in just a moment, but we’re beginning with a note from my writer Adam,
    because he knows I’ll just read whatever is put in front of me:
    “Hello audience, this is Adam, Sam’s very funny and extremely good looking writer. I’m here to let you know that Sam speaks
    French, and so in this video I have given him as many French words to say as possible
    because Sam gets stressed out about pronouncing them perfectly, and I find that funny, or
    as the French might say, amusante. Au revoir, now mes amis.” Alright monsiers et mademoiselles, now that
    that’s fini, let’s get started. The good news is, even if you don’t know
    French, this should be easy to follow because a lot of words sound the same in English and
    French. They call trains les trains, they call rails
    le rails, and they call what happened to their trains and rails in 2014 stupide. See, it’s all very easy to comprendre. Our story begins in 2009, when les trains
    and les rails were getting a bit run down, and so, faster than you could say un, deux,
    trois, the French government decided to spend $20 billion dollars, or dix-huit milliards
    d’euros, to get a new fleet of sleeker, faster, roomier trains. Fantastique, you might think, but in fact,
    things were far from fantastique. You see, the French rail operator, Réseau
    Ferré de France, is a separate operation from the train company, which is called Société
    Nationale des Chemins de Fer. Now normally, I would abbreviate Réseau Ferré
    de France as RFF and Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer as SNCF, but instead I’m
    going to say their full names each time because Adam thinks that’s funny, I guess. Back in 1997, the rail operator, whose name,
    again, is Réseau Ferré de France and the train company—again, Société Nationale
    des Chemins de Fer—were all one company, which was also called Société Nationale
    des Chemins de Fer. But in 1997, a new EU directive meant that
    the government had to split them up into two different government-run entities—one for
    les rails and one for les trains—and it was that separation that created the opportunity
    for miscommunication. But still, things should have been easy—it
    wasn’t like they had to play La Vie En Rose on a croissant; all the rail company, Réseau
    Ferré de France, needed to do was tell the train company, Société Nationale des Chemins
    de Fer, how wide to make the trains. The problem was, they took all their measurements
    from train platforms built within the last 30 years, forgetting that the older platforms
    in rural areas were built to a different standard, and ran about 8 inches, or vingt centimètres
    narrower than the newer ones. They then gave those flawed measurements to
    the train company, Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer. Fast forward a few years and voila, 2,000
    new trains had been completed, and the trains were beautiful—sleek, fast, roomy; everything
    looked like it would be magnifique—but that’s when they discovered that getting the new
    trains into the older stations was like trying to stuff a baguette into a bottle of sauvignon
    blanc… they just wouldn’t fit. To be clear, this wasn’t just a little mistake,
    it was a full-blown catastrophe. 1,300 of the 8,700 stations in France—about
    one in seven—were too narrow for the new trains to fit into. At first the government tried to keep their
    mistake a secret—but soon, the news was broken by the magazine Le Canard Enchainé,
    prompting cries of, “sacrebleu,” from the train makers, and cries of, “why is
    our government dumber than a bucket of escargot,” from all the French people. Seeing as, “fitting into stations,” is
    one of the more important qualifications a train needs to check, alongside, “fitting
    on train tracks,” and, “not being an airplane,” the French government quickly got to work
    fixing the problem by shaving off the edges of the older, narrower platforms. It wasn’t a particularly difficult fix,
    just an expensive one. According to the Société Nationale des Chemins
    de Fer, these repairs cost the French about $68.4 million dollars, or soixante millions
    d’euros. For context, that’s enough money to buy
    7.1 million copies of Les Miserables on DVD, or buy 2.5 million plates of foie gras de
    canard mi-cuit at Au Pied de Cochon in Paris. But, if you’re heading on vacation soon
    to Paris or Bordeaux or even Montpellier, don’t worry: the platforms have been fixed
    and everything runs as smooth as a bowl of mousse au chocolate, and this French faux
    pas feels as distant as déjà vu. If you want to learn how to be the kind of
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