Early travellers

I finished the last post by quoting Robert Louis Stevenson: There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign. I know he also said :

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.

Three great quotes, so I thought I’d try and learn more about his travels.

The map is from the excellent website, www.robert-louis-stevenson.org.  It shows his travels across the globe in search of a safe haven, a paradise where he could work and be inspired. Do go look at this site when you have time, it’s fascinating.

He landed at Apia in Samoa, the Polynesian Island, on 7th December 1889.  He fell in love with the island and it’s where he and his extended family settled and built a home, Vailima. He could have chosen to live anywhere in the world, on the many places and islands he visited, but he chose Samoa ~ what a testimonial!

On 10th January 1890, Robert Louis Stevenson signed the deeds of purchase for the Vailima Estate.  The house was built as he travelled more.

It’s now a museum you may visit and you can see his study where he penned numerous novels and factual work.  Robert Louis  Stevenson was a man of many talents, a brilliant writer, an accomplished traveller, a historian, an arbitrator and a diplomat!

What a fascinating travel companion he must have been.


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