Just off the coast of Cannes is Île Sainte-Marguerite. It is a popular place for small boats to come and moor in the calm waters between two adjacent islands. It is also the site of Fort Royal, which on a hot day feels very still and oppressive. Appropriate, as it became the site of a prison allegedly built especially to house one particular prisoner: the Man in the Iron Mask.
There is a museum on the site which tries to give as much information as possible about the mysterious figure, but the truth is, at the moment, there is absolutely no proof about his identity, or even whether there was a single person who is now known as the man in the iron mask. The
Unfortunately, this trip inspired me to watch the 1997 film version of the Man in the Iron Mask. My only advice is to not do that. The truth may be far more mundane.
Sunday, 18 August 2019
Saturday, 17 August 2019
This weekend is the start of Richmond's "GeorgeFest", a celebration of the town's Georgian history. This weekend is also the annual open days of the Landmark Trust's beautiful Culloden Tower, which overlooks the town. Free entry from 10am to 4pm.