La Savane

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Lonely Planet review

Normally, this large central park sports grassy lawns, tall trees, clumps of bamboo, lots of benches and souvenir stalls, but it was undergoing a massive renovation at the time of writing. The plan is to turn the area into a cool, modern nexus of city life, with shopping and entertainment along a pedestrian-only mall.

Hopefully city planners will keep the statue of Empress Josephine holding a locket with a portrait of Napoleon. Years ago, the head was lopped off and red paint splashed over the body. The empress is not highly regarded by islanders, who believe she was directly responsible for convincing Napoleon to continue slavery in the French West Indies so that her family plantation in Trois-ĂŽlets would not suffer.