|Napoleon is celebrated in these parts|
Arriving early in the morning, the café was deserted.
We can’t grow these at home.
The high life and high apartments are not necessarily to my liking but the Japanese Gardens designed by landscape architect Yasuo Beppu and, in this expensive and bustling principality, notably free to enter. They offer a quiet reflective space in which to count one’s winnings or mourn losses. There is a photograph of Princess Grace at the entrance, commencing the project in 1964, photographed rather badly by me but, hey, not every princess looks so stylish wielding a spade.
Sculpture, cacti and succulents survive with a minimal of care – a gardener’s dream one might imagine.
The whitewashed, low-rise buildings of Lanzarote and a thousand or so palm trees.
Of all the plants that morning, the Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns, Christ plant, Christ thorn) stood out. Very attractive and garden gloves compulsory.