Last Sunday, we walked to the « Garden of Tropical Agriculture », on the edge of the Bois de Vincennes. We did not go there innocently: Gaëtan showed me an article about this place, explaining that it had a troubled history.
Indeed, in 1907, a colonial exhibition took place there. On this occasion, six « villages » were restored: they were supposed to show visitors how was life in Indochina, Madagascar, Congo, Sudan, Tunisia and Morocco.
To be more realistic, they brought « indigenous »: they had to live in these villages, so that visitors could observe them. Later, this was call « human zoos ».
Today, many houses are in ruins, making the place even more strange. Only the house of Indochina has been restored.
We had only one desire: to pass over barriers and go in these small abandoned houses!
My new boots <3
This building was inaccessible, it seems that it is a library (?). Barriers prevented us from approaching.
If you want to visit this place: the entrance is at 45 bis Avenue de la Belle Gabrielle, near the RER station of Nogent-sur-Marne. It is possible to go on foot from the metro Château de Vincennes. Good walk!