French tourists Charles and Constantin Malka re-enacted scenes from the Titanic around the Whitsunday Business Centre carpark after rain put a damper on their travel plans.
French tourists Charles and Constantin Malka re-enacted scenes from the Titanic around the Whitsunday Business Centre carpark after rain put a damper on their travel plans. Claudia Alp

Noah had an ark, Charles had a trolley

THEY say when it rains, put cute boots on and jump in the puddles.

But two French tourists had something else in mind when downpours in Airlie Beach put a damper on their travel plans last Wednesday.

Father and son duo Charles, 54, and Constantin Malka, 23, were spotted taking a whirl in a shopping trolley in the Whitsunday Business Centre carpark.

In other words, Charles was in the trolley - Constantin was doing the legwork.

Charles, a Parisian cardiologist, and Constantin arrived in the Whitsundays on December 30 as part of a three-week Australian holiday.

But when rain from ex-Tropical Cyclone Penny washed away any hope of a day on the water, the fun-loving pair found a rogue shopping trolley and went "sailing” around the carpark instead.

Comical father and son, Charles and Constantin Malka, didn't let a little rain ruin their day.
Comical father and son, Charles and Constantin Malka, didn't let a little rain ruin their day. Claudia Alp

Charles said it wasn't unusual for them to do "crazy things”, but it was the first time a shopping trolley had been involved.

"We just decided to make the most of the Whitsundays, because it's raining, so there is not a lot to do here. So when I've seen the trolley I said 'okay, let's do it!',” he said.

Charles said his international driver's license was stolen two days before they left France.

"Normally we make a road trip, but I couldn't rent a car so...we go by trolley!” he said.

Cruising around the carpark with arms spread wide and a solemn facial expression, Charles re-enacted the iconic Jack and Rose scene from Titanic, much to the amusement of passers-by.

He and Constantin were applauded, given a few thumbs up and received a lot of laughs from passers-by in true blue Aussie style.

It's not something you see every day, but if life gives you a rainy day and a shopping trolley, you might as well make the most of it.


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