Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Windows on the World - I is for incarcerated on Iles de Salut

This month I am participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge where I will endeavour to post on this blog each day. I will be sharing photos of Windows that I have photographed on my travels and highlighting from A-Z the places where I found these Windows on the World.

Years ago I read Henri Charriere's book Papillon, the story of his incarceration and escape from Devil's Island. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have the opportunity to visit this isolated place. After a cruise down the Amazon River in 2014 our ship called in at The Iles de Salut in French Guiana and, although we couldn't land on Devil's Island we were able to visit the adjoining island, Ile Royale, where most of the French prisoners had been held in the penal colony's gaol. It was only the incorrigibles like Charriere who were sent across to Devil's Island.

This site was one of the best I have visited in my travels. It is a shame that most of the buildings are in a poor state of repair.

At least the chapel was in good repair.

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