There is a small island in the Mediterranean that seems to have had more than its fair share of invasions. The island is Menorca, one of the Balearics and now part of Spain. Back in 1756 it was ruled over by the British until the French arrived and took it from them. The French were led by a man named Louis-Francois-Armand de Vigneot du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu (1696-1788) who ordered a feast to celebrate the victory. His chef, realising he had no cream to add to the eggs to make a sauce, added vegetable oil instead and so was born mayonnaise named after the capital of Menorca, Mahon (or Mao in Catalan).
If you arrive In Mahon by boat in order to reach the town you must climb this winding road:

My next picture is a coloured print of that very road which may have changed little since the invention of mayonnaise. It has a monogram of what looks like VH and it is numbered 1/75. It only cost £1.95 which isn’t much to pay for such a timeless and historic view.



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