The Abandoned Railway – La Petite Ceinture

Location: La Petite Ceinture Entrance


This railway line is so well hidden from the public that it goes straight through a park full of kids running around and they would never know it existed.

The first time I typed ‘La Petite Ceinture’ into maps, it lead us fence on the side of the road telling me to climb down a 10 metre drop. Eventually we found the real entrance to the train line. So I’ve added the real location above. But once you see the vibrant orange shipping container you know you’ve found the place.

Getting there: 

  • Catch the train to
  • LocationLa Petite Ceinture Entrance will take you directly to the entrance
  • Once you reach a orange shipping container, jump the fence
  • Walk 800 meters through the tunnel and through one more arch way

..and then arrive at paradise.

 

Underground Paris

Location: Musée des égouts de Paris, 93 Quai d’Orsay Paris

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haha now this one made me laugh. Look, it’s an interesting experience to say the least. All i wanted was this photo..

But hey it’s a great story to tell your friends over a few drinks.

This underground museum explains the history of creating under ground tunnels that run throughout the entire city. This museum actually inspired Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Miserables so it’s definitely worth checking out.

Students: €3.60
Adults: €4.40
Opening hours: 11am – 5pm

Paris Flea Market

Location: Marche aux Puces de Saint Ouen 


You know your going to find a good bargain when you find yourself in a Flea Market. We went to a few around Paris, but this was by far my favourite. Old records, postcards, book store cafes and an unlimited amount of authentic French crepes on every corner.

There are 15 markets that make up the Puces. Some markets are hidden through secret alleyways, others offer vintage clothes and cute cafes. If you have enough time, explore them all and find your favourite.

Opening Hours: Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm; Mon 11am – 5pm
Getting there: 

  • Catch metro line 4 to Porte de Clignancourt
  • Walk towards KFC with your back facing McDonalds
  • Walk under the highway overpass and one block past it
  • Turn left onto Rue des Rosiers and start exploring

Pink Flamingo

Location: Pink Flamingo Pizza

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Ahh I love everything about this. As the sun sets, grab a pizza and beer from Pink Flamingo and take a pink helium balloon to the edge of  St Martin’s Canal and enjoy a drink by the water whilst your pizza cooks. In no time at all your pizza is delivered straight to you by bike. How cool is that?!

Price: €11:50 – €17:50
Opening Hours: 7pm-11.30pm (Mon-Thurs); 12pm-2:30 & 7pm-11.30pm (Fri-Sun)

Crazy Horse Cabaret

Location: Le Crazy Horse, Champ-Élysées

Rather than spending all your money to see Moulin Rouge (unless you’re paying all that money just to say that you have been to Moulin Rouge), check out Crazy Horse. With some of the fittest, most beautiful girls you have ever seen, doing some of  most incredible performances, this is worth your money. Yes, you will see nudity the whole time, but you will also witness talent, strength and an incredible performance.

Students prices are cheaper, from what I remember I paid about €40, but they have specials on their website all the time.

Book tickets through their website: www.LeCrazyHorseParis.com
Opening Hours: multiple shows throughout the night

Le Lavomatic Bar

Location: Le Lavomatic Bar, Paris

Tucked away, this hidden bar is a functioning laundromat by day and a hidden cocktail bar by night.

My favourite part about this, is that you have to find the hidden door in the laundromat that looks exactly like all the other washing machines. It’s a good laugh opening up all the machines trying to guess which one it is, but when you finally pick the right one, it opens up to a spiral staircase leading you up to a funky, pop art styled bar with hanging swings, 80’s sofas and a cocktail menu you must check out.

Cocktails Prices: approx. €9
Opening Hours:
6pm-2am (Tues-Sat)

Location: Old Helensburgh Tunnel, Helensburgh 

Built in the 1880’s, this abandoned train tunnel is located on the outskirts of Sydney, in the Sutherland.

Walking down the railway tracks towards the tunnel, you can see how overgrown the entrance is, with ferns covering the brick work. Super eerie but really cool.

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If you walk down the tunnel far enough you can see a few glow worms light up like blue fairy lights scattered across the walls. We hung out here for about two hours, just exploring..

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Remember not to shine your torch towards them and stay silent to see their full potential. We put our camera on long exposure and created different effects with the brightness from our phone screen.

Unfortunately you can’t walk to the end of the tunnel as it is flooded, but there are rumours there is an abandoned steam train that has been there since it closed.

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Everything you need to know: 

  • Free entry
  • The carpark is literally a 100 metre walk from the entrance of both tunnels.
  • It does get pretty muddy, so bring old shoes or gumboots.
  • A torch if you are keen to explore the tunnels

LocationOld Helensburgh Tunnel, Helensburgh

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Location: Zig Zag Railway

AHHH so many South East Asian Vibes!
Can you believe this is only two hours drive from Sydney?!
I honestly thought I was in Sri Lanka when I was exploring this place.

The drive to get here is probably one of my favourite drives of all times. Through the Blue Mountains, down Bells Line Road you get glimpses of sheer sandstone cliffs on your left. It’s definitely a sight to see. I would recommend you pull the car over, sneak through the trees and just admire them for a while.

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Lithgow

There is a town 5 minutes further drive from this spot. Here is where you will find a Woolworths, petrol station, McDonalds etc.

If your feeling adventurous, check out the bottom of the railway line at ****. You will see the view of the arched bridges from the bottom of the mountain looking up and they are just as incredible as the top view. Although be careful as the bottom railway track is an actual train line. A train comes through here every few hours. We couldn’t find an easy way to get to the top from the bottom line, apart from driving around.

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The Real Entrance

We drove along bells line until we found a fire trail on the side of the road. Be careful turning into here as it is on a crest and is difficult to see on coming traffic so slow down.  The sandy fire trail is the last kilometre of your journey, you can drive along here if your car is suitable for it, otherwise just park on the side of the road at the entrance and walk.

The last 200 metres is walking through a few shrubs, annoying I know but this is the reason this place is so secluded.. know one knows about it.. You will descend down a slope and emerge at the beginning of the arched bridge on the top line rail.

We hung out here for about 3 hours watching the sun slowly set over the mountain range.

Everything you need to know: 

  • 2 hours from Sydney
  • Approx. 100km west of Sydney city.
  • Please expect you might get a few scratches on your lower ankles from walking through the shrubs.

Getting There: 

Map to zig zag railway

  • Drive west for approx 2 hours through Bells Line Road and over the Blue Mountains
  • Once you reach this address (Zig Zag Railway), take caution when turning right into the entrance of the fire trail
  • Either drive along fire trail (if car is suitable) or park at the entrance and walk the fire trail for about 1 km.
  • Once you reach this little curve in the track (as seen on the map), turn right
  • Start walking through ankle high shrubs, down a hill always veering in a slight right direction
  • You will reach the start on the arched bridge

 

Background Info: 

The Zig Zag railway was permanently closed back in 2013 due to bushfires.

They say they are due to be reopening back in 2019 which means you will be able to follow the bush walking tracks without it being prohibited, although when I went there was no sign of construction work.