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France

Sunday, 18 December 2016
A decent cycle lane

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Nanterre has some decent segregated cycling infrastructure, such as this cycle lane. Depending on the time of day I see children, adults and disabled people making use of this lane. It is bidirectional - cyclists are on one side of the road, and cycle in both directions here. This has advantages and disadvantages. At a nearby spot the cycle lane crosses the road, and I noticed one cyclist continue on the pedestrian path. He was going to a building 30 metres beyond the crossing, so it didn’t make sense for him to cross at the cycle/pedestrian crossing (which has a traffic light) and then cross back to his destination a mere 30 metres further on.

Posted by bigblue on 18/12/2016 at 08:05 PM
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Saturday, 17 December 2016
Paroisse Saint Joseph

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On my way to my meeting yesterday, I walked past the familiar Chapel of Saint Joseph. I enjoy observing the changes in the buildings and their neighbourhoods over the months and years that I pass through the nearby park and suburbs.  According to the church website:

The Chapel of Saint Joseph was constructed in 1933, and celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2013.

The Chapel was built by the architect Jean Margerand under the direction of the Diocesan Association of Paris; The foundation stone was laid on 30 April 1933, and the Church was blessed in December 1933. The hall and rectory were built in 1975 and new rooms were added to the church at that time.

The main structure of the church comprises concrete and brick, while the roof is made of slate and zinc. The vaults of the chapel are partly paneled. A renovation of the chapel (walls and floor) was undertaken in the Summer of 2013.

Posted by bigblue on 17/12/2016 at 07:49 PM
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Friday, 16 December 2016
Sunrise on the farm

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This morning’s sunrise as seen when passing this wind farm in Northern France, on the train to work in Paris.

Posted by bigblue on 16/12/2016 at 07:54 PM
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Friday, 04 March 2016
A sunny afternoon

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Passing through Normandy, France on my way home for the weekend.

Posted by bigblue on 04/03/2016 at 05:09 PM
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Friday, 15 January 2016
Snow today

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There was an absence of snow in the Alps this season (and last) but fortunately I am at the European resort with the third most snow. It’s just pretty cold, and in the morning it was foggy on the mountain. 

Posted by bigblue on 15/01/2016 at 05:29 PM
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Monday, 14 December 2015
Ai Weiwei

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The above sculpture is known as Tree, and is by the artist Ai Weiwei.

According to a nearby plaque:

Tree comprises structures made from sections of dead trees collected on the mountains of Southern China. Over several months, these disparate parts were pieced together in Ai’s studio in Beijing to create the eight ‘complete’ trees seen here. These artificial constructions have been interpeoples  as a commentary on the way in which geographically and culturally diverse peoples have been brought together to form ‘One China’ in a state-sponsored policy aiming at protecting and promoting China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The exhibition at the Royal Academy in London is now closed.

Posted by bigblue on 14/12/2015 at 02:53 PM
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Tuesday, 08 December 2015
Westminster Cathedral

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Is looking fine in the December dusk today. Link.

Posted by bigblue on 08/12/2015 at 05:29 PM
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Wednesday, 02 December 2015
A dull day

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Another of those grey days in Nanterre today.

Posted by bigblue on 02/12/2015 at 07:44 PM
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