Monday, September 9, 2013

Reunionese parking

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)

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