Mark and I were in Rennes the other day.
Not being used to paying for parking (where we live it is free), we had to find some cash for a parking meter.
I only had enough for two hours, and as it was already eleven o’clock, it wouldn’t give us long enough as we wanted to eat in a nearby Auberge, as well as doing a bit of shopping.
Mark was less bothered, as it meant no shopping (lunch was more important, he said).
My annoyance at his badly disguised pleasure was soon turned around when I put the cash in the meter. The ticket came out of the slot with an expiry time of 15h30.
Closer examination showed…”Paid: 11h-12h. Repas (lunch): 12h-14.30, no charge. Paid: 14h30 – 15h30”.
Is France the only place in the world where Parking Meters go for lunch as well as the populace ?
Perhaps this idea could catch on in the UK !