Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Post Rugby and Waterloo

I have been to two 6 Nations matches this way, in Paris and in London with Ireland losing both matches. The day post match and beers I went to Le Marais which is notable as one of the few areas with shops open on a Sunday. It was also notable for significantly greater security as the area is home to an historic Jewish community. There will never been anything right about children having to play in the street under armed guard and sadly that was the reality for a group of kids I saw. For cycling the area has many streets closed to car traffic on a Sunday and there are lots of opportunities to do Paris by bike. Despite the security the area has a real buzz and level of activity that reflected peoples' abilities to just get on with things.

Post Twickenham and another defeat I went for a look round my old stomping ground for Waterloo where I lived for a number of years. This time I took a few photos of how things are clearly changing in London as it experiences its own cycling and urban revolution.

Waterloo has embraced the 20's Plenty Campaign.

Additional parking is being provided in a very visible way and it is clearly meeting growing demand.

But as always it is the small things or the detail that really gives character to an area and I thought this fairly recent addition could be used anywhere to give added value to any part of a city.

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