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France

Friday, 29 August 2014
Permeability

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I was interested to see the concept of filtered permeability being put to use on Parisian streets, like this one. The metal bollards prevent cars using the streets as routes through the city. Only locals would access the street in their car (and then they might struggle to find parking. Other metal bollards put an end to the Parisian habit of parking cars on the pavement). Meanwhile cyclists and pedestrians can pass through at will. Previously I have seen this working in York.

It keeps motor vehicles onto main roads, and creates quieter residential and business zones within the city that provide a better living environment. Children were playing in the street and the pavement cafés and restaurants were more pleasant than those a block away. The streets had more of a community vibe, and I saw my first French hipsters.  They look like hipsters in any other country.

Posted by bigblue on 29/08/2014 at 01:46 PM
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Sailing in Jardin de Tuileries

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I remember doing this a few years ago when my children  were young. The yachts are hired from a vendor in the park for a fixed time period.

Posted by bigblue on 27/08/2014 at 08:13 PM
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Thursday, 21 August 2014
Scenes from Paris

I was playing around with my timelapse camera in Paris last Saturday afternoon.

Posted by bigblue on 21/08/2014 at 07:55 AM
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Descent into Triel sur Seine

We followed the same route to Paris this year, and this was the same descent into Triel sur Seine as last year. It comes with the warning

Features to note: Long descent to Triel is fun, but take care!

(Guide notes for the Paris cycle ride). As you can see I followed the advice and took it slowly again this year.

Posted by bigblue on 19/08/2014 at 07:24 AM
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Monday, 18 August 2014
Old croc

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So there was this crocodile basking on the boat on the River Seine as we cycled into Paris. 

Posted by bigblue on 18/08/2014 at 09:46 PM
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Friday, 15 August 2014
Local hero

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I’m in Paris 10th, where the local hero (according to street post folklore) looks suspiciously like Putin.

Posted by bigblue on 15/08/2014 at 01:51 PM
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More evidence of Catholics

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One wonders why this spot was chosen, some distance from any town (5 km or more). Is the nearby farmer a particularly devout member of the Culte Catholique? Is this the scene of an historic and fatal road accident? Is this a supplication to the local deity to facilitate the safe passage of weary travellers such as me. Unlike the official monuments in the town squares, there is no plaque or inscription to provide an explanation, or even a clue. 

Posted by bigblue on 15/08/2014 at 08:19 AM
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Catholic country

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I’m currently cycling through Picardie on the way to Paris. Every now and again there is a stark reminder at the side of the road that this is Catholic country. From an aesthetic perspective I prefer the shrines to Mary rather than Jesus. The former represent mother/infant while the latter represent a gruesome crucifixion. 

Posted by bigblue on 13/08/2014 at 10:28 AM
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