Descartes town centre is not a good place for huge lorries, but like most French towns you see them trying to negotiate the narrow streets.
Last summer we watched with amazement and amusement as not one but two lorries tried to squeeze their way through town. The first almost got completely stuck as it tried to make a very tight right turn. The driver got out several times to check and just managed to get by parked cars and shop signs with only millimetres to spare.
The next one did a little better by approaching the turn from a slightly wider angle.
Then they both had the same problem. A few metres further on there was an obligatory right turn which was even tighter.
This is difficult to make in a modestly sized car so we knew that these lorries stood no chance. Which is just as well as a bit further down there is a low bridge and another right turn which would be impossible – and the road leads to nowhere a lorry might want to be !!
Going backwards wasn’t an option so both of these lorries decided to go straight on – the wrong way down the one-way street !!
We wondered why these enormous lorries were trying to get through the centre of town in the first place. There is a ring road of sorts around Descartes and they were apparently passing through and not stopping – maybe there were roadworks and a diversion through town. Or maybe they were both using the same GPS device which was having some fun that day.
Since then the one-way direction has been reversed. It has been reversed at least twice in the years we have been visiting the town !!
Which all goes to show that you shouldn’t take the one-way street directions for granted in France – not only may it be the other way from the last time you were in town but not everybody goes the right way anyway !!