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|A commercial aeroplane flies over an abandoned 19th century manor in Goussainville-Vieux Pays. The ruin of the town is owed equally to modernisation and tragedy. In 1973 Cheap Jimmie Foxx Jersey , during the Paris Air Show, an aircraft crashed in the village, smashing into a row of 15 houses and a thankfully empty school. All six members of the crew on the plane perished and eight people on the ground were also killed. When the airport opened just a year later, residents fled, fearing an increase in plane crashes. (Reuters) A vintage postcard from 1915 shows the cafe "Au Paradis" in its heyday. Punters pose outside the establishment and the facade is decorated with two potted plants. (Reuters) The run-down cafe "Au Paradis" (in Heaven"), its sign and paintwork faded over time. (Reuters) Only a few residents are left in the abandoned town, deserted for forty years after the opening of the Charles de Gaulle Airport in 1974 just a stones-throw away. (Reuters) A letter box and a "Beware of the dog" sign are seen on a gate to an abandoned house. (Reuters) Abandoned houses marked with graffiti in the ghost town of Goussainville-Vieux Pays, just 12 miles from Paris. (Reuters) An old iron gate is smashed in after years of abandonment. (Reuters) Free books are displayed outside a book shop. The houses are boarded up, the church bells no longer ring out and the town squares are now deserted. (Reuters) Bits of rubble inside an abandoned 19th century manor. The small farming village survived the Great War and German occupation in World War Two, but the noise from the Charles de Gualle airport was too much for its residents to bear. (Reuters) Overgrown trees and bushes in the deserted Gaudry street. The town's problems are traced back to the 1960s when plans for the Charles de Gaulle airport were finalised. The farming town was surrounded by acres of green space, perfect for an international airport. (Reuters)
A commercial aeroplane flies over an abandoned 19th century manor in Goussainville-Vieux Pays. The ruin of the town is owed equally to modernisation and tragedy. In 1973, during the Paris Air Show, an aircraft crashed in the village, smashing into a row of 15 houses and a thankfully empty school. All six members of the crew on the plane perished and eight people on the ground were also killed. When the airport opened just a year later, residents fled, fearing an increase in plane crashes. (Reuters)
Cyclists ride during the second Athens Bike Weekend in Athens, Greece, on May 7, 2017. Thousands of cycling lovers jumped in the saddle and pedals last weekend to celebrate the second Athens Bike Weekend in the heart of the Greek capital aiming to accelerate the development of urban cycling in the city. (XinhuaLefteris Partsalis)
by Alexia Vlachou
ATHENS, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of cycling lovers jumped in the saddle and pedals last weekend to celebrate the second Athens Bike Weekend in the heart of the Greek capital aiming to accelerate the development of urban cycling in the city.
From May 6 to May 7, Syntagma Square was flooded with cycling enthusiasts of all ages willing to promote a more active and environment-conscious lifestyle with races, exhibitions, bike rides and parallel events.
On Sunday morning, more than 15,000 bike lovers, racing teams and professional athletes took part in the 24th Cycling Tour, organized by the Athens Municipality's Cultural, Sport & Youth Organization (OPANDA).
In two separate routes -- the 13-kilometer race and the 3.5-kilometer race for children and people with disabilities, cyclists enjoyed the race passing through the city center to reach the finish line at Syntagma Square.
"The Cycling Tour, along with the Authentic Athens Marathon, the Half-Marathon and the Tour of Athens, are four major sports events held in Athens. It is important to prove daily that public space is open to every citizen," Athens Mayor George Kaminis said during the event.
"On this front, the municipality gives a daily struggle and I appeal to all citizens, telling them that we have to respect public space, whether we are shop owners or drivers," said Kaminis.
For the first time, visitors had also the opportunity to watch a unique spectacle, as professional cyclists and teams from Greece and Europe raced on high speeds.
The first Athens International Criterium, was a "circuit" race of 3.5 km, that cyclists covered 15 times at speeds exceeding 80 kmh at specific points.
Throughout the Athens Bike Weekend, parallel events took place at Syntagma Square, including a bicycle exhibition, a unique BMX show with professionals and a slow-cycling game called "the slowest wins".
Children and adults had the chance to learn more on the latest bicycle trends and enjoy their ride in the city center.
Following the example of many European cities, Athens develops a growing cycling culture with an increasing number of cyclists. But, due to economic crisis that has hit the country in the past years, funds need to be found to invest in the required infrastructure.
According to Kaminis, among the future plans of the municipality is to create cycling routes and friendly measures for the safety of cyclists.
Such festivals give the opportunity to citizens not only to discover the human side of the city, but to raise awareness on ecological issues as well.
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