I've been in London for the last week with my closest friends and family. Saw this new addition (photo) whilst hanging about on Rennes station on the return journey today. Four different travellers sat down and played the piano during the half hour I waited on the concourse, and very good they were too. Jazz and classical both featured heavily. During this spontaneous entertainment, I was surprised to see the new form of an apparently routine security patrol doing the rounds of the station: a policewoman flanked by two soldiers - one male, one female - both carrying semi-automatic rifles. Oddly it made me feel less rather than more safe.
Writer living in Finistere, French citizen, blogging about Breton history and landscape. Published work includes many books and articles on Brittany's complex past, real and legendary, walking guides and fiction. Latest books: Spirit of Place in Finistere (landscape-writing, 2017, also in French edition) and a new collection of Finistere walks. I also teach Breton history, give talks about Brittany and guide tours all over the region. See my website wendymewes.com