When you’re born and bred in paradise, sometimes the eternal grey of a West European winter can be difficult to bear. For Guadeloupe native-turned resident of France, Erwin Bliss, being confined to the indoors from days and weeks of rain was enough to get he and filmer Yentl Touboul to begin looking at maps and planning an escape.
“Soon enough we were headed towards a country far south, which we won’t reveal the name of – but that will no doubt look familiar to those who can read the signs,” writes Yentl.
“Upon arrival, a piece of paper with instructions was given to us. We were told to take the west road. The one leading to that infamous town that was once a gold mine, far behind the mountains.
“‘Continue straight upon crossing the 14th bridge – the blue one – and don’t stop until you spot the hill of the eternal rainbow,’ it read.
“That was the indication that we would be near our destination: a hotel where the grass was bright green and the oceans folds were warm and hollow.”