On Wednesday, we drove CHM up to Blois so he could catch his train back to Paris. We had lunch at a restaurant near the Château de Chambord — Le Relais d'Artémis is the name of the restaurant — and arrived at the train station in Blois at about three o'clock.
We parked the car and as we walked over to the main entrance of the station we saw a man with a microphone and a woman with a video camera approach us. They were doing a report for the local France 3 television channel on the new pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the train tracks, which was to be opened to the public on Friday. What did we think of it?
I answered their question on camera, and the report appeared on the France 3 local news that evening. I found it on line and managed to post it to Youtube yesterday. I couldn't find any way to download the video, so I just played it on my computer and "filmed" it with my new Panasonic Lumix camera. It's not the best quality, but it's watchable. I'm the second person interviewed, toward the end of the report. It's all in French, and it might be a challenge to figure out what's being said, but here it is anyway.
The pedestrian bridge or passerelle is an ultra-modern metal structure that stands in stark contrast to the old 19th century train station in Blois. Some question the architecture. The stated purpose of the bridge is to form a new, shorter link between the town's historic center and the neighborhoods to the south and west, where thousands of low- to medium-income people, including many immigrants, live in post-war apartment complexes. When the rail line and station were built, they must have been on the edge of the town, but now they effectively divide Blois in two. The new bridge is a solution to that problem, say the people responsible for getting it built.