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Domaine du Rayol

by Caroline Harbouri
photos by Dominique Vaché

For the full text of this article see The Mediterranean Garden No 62, October 2010

The visitor enters the garden from the terrace of the art deco house.

Some of the original planting had survived too,
notably eucalyptuses (including one of the largest I’ve seen).

Everywhere the paths are well swept and immaculately maintained.

We came out on to a little opening perched above the sea and sat quietly
for a while on a bench under a pine tree, looking down the steep rocks on
to the clear, turquoise water of a little inlet, or calanque as they are called
in this part of the world.

Most of the coast around the point on which Domaine du Rayol is situated
is rocky and precipitous, yet the garden also possesses a small sandy beach.
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