I found this abandoned house on Lifou rather intriguing – it was about a mile away from the nearest village and overlooked a pristine coral beach. Thousands of butterflies fluttered through the air, so many you could hear a faint thrum of wings beating. There is no place closer to paradise than this.
Though stripped of all it’s furnishings including windows and doors and wiring, it was obviously well constructed (solid concrete) and once a haven for someone… who? What sort of life did he lead? Did he have a family here? Was it an escape? A refuge?
It made me feel sad. I am sure he died. Who would leave of their own volition?