"Guarded on two of its three sides - the horthwest and the south -- by impregnable walls of massive and stately palm trees from which it derives its ancestral name - Mealc e'Najer 'Wal - "Palms which flower from the sea"...it is acessible only from the northeast. Accessible to large supply ships and barges at the deep-water port of Mealca and to smaller craft -- further along the coast -- at rough hewn jetties which tumble, crookedly, into . . .luminous and azure waters. . .as white sand beaches crouch . . .obediently , at the foot of majestic gray cliffs.
"Upon one of these cliffs is the artists' colony which I mentioned to you before - Chateau Euterpe, as it is known - enclosed within a lovely, grassless garden - the garden bounded on one side by the Chateau itself from which it flows and into which it runs on two sides by an old village and on the last by a cliff falling by ledges to the sea. . .
"A sea as mysteriously coloured as the agates and cornelians of childhood. . .green as green mild. . .blue as laundry water. . .win dark. Distant images of the Mealcan archipelago are cast across the waters and lie quivering in the ripples and rings sent up by sea plants fifty yards away the Sea of the South yields up its pigments moment by moment to the brutal sunshine."
Shown on the cover of issue 245: