The abandoned sugar factory

When we were in Martinique, we went for an organised tour that took us, among other places, to Le Carbet. Gauguin lived – and painted – here for a while, but I only discovered this when I got back home: the guide had no idea.

Latouche’s Creek Garden is built around a sugar factory that burnt down in 1902 during The Eruption. I found the environment quite suggestive, with plants crawling up the ruins of old buildings, machinery left to rust among blooming red flowers, lizards staring at me as I strolled by and butterflies flying around too haphazardly to photograph. There are pools of water lilies and cactus yards, shady orchid patches and dusty roads.

A great place to visit.

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