One of the things that I have noticed he Reunionese have a peculiar relationship with parking. In addition that you will quite often come across people just stopped in the middle of the road having a chat with another car or pedestrian (even if there is a place to pull in immediately next to them the thought never seems to cross their minds!) the urge to park as close a possible to the final destination seems ingrained here to a degree that I've not seen in other places. Whether that means on footpaths or across pedestrian crossings so be it, even if there is a car park just a few metres further away.
|Cars parked on the footpath...|
A couple of months ago on Bastille day I took a few photos of this phenomena in action. On a narrow road with a footpath on one side the footpath was lined with cars, fair enough you might think, it was Bastille day after all...
|...more cars on the footpath...|
If it wasn't for the fact that there was an empty (and free) car park just 50m further up the road!
|...and 50m further up the road (that's our car)|