Following the rocky tracks to the North, you get to Obock. Henry de Monfreid lived here for many years. His residence, facing the sea, still exists. You can also visit the residence of the first French Governor, Léonce Lagarde. This is where the French started their implantation in 1862. Following the opening of the Suez Canal, Djibouti was the first step of a vast colonial enterprise, that aimed to control the road to India and to expand over the African continent and the Nile springs. In this furnace, came dreams of conquest, forts, barracks and flags, of which today only a few houses surrounded by the desert and a windy sailor's cemetery are left as a testimony of the vanity of empires.