Apia(2): 2 nigths + 1 unattended one! Robert L.Stevenson Museum.
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After our 4 nights stay in Savaii,we came back to Apia before coming back home.I had planned a stay of only
2 nights in Millenia hotel(but my broken English gave us the opportunity of 1 night more...and a stop-over
During these 3 days,we lazed a lot,did some shopping ,but the highlights of our Apian stay was
a morning snorkelling in Palolo Deep Marine Reserve and the visit of Robert Louis Stevenson's museum.
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON'MUSEUM
The Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson,author of Treasure Island,the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde...
suffering from tuberculosis,found the Samoan climate conductive to his health and in 1890 he purchase a patch of land at Vailima,
few km inland from Apia on the cooler mountain slope offering a delightful view.
He built there a mansion where he spent the last four years of his life.
The present colonial style house with beautiful grounds, has an additional wing constructed in the period of German Samoa(1894-1914).
He died in December 1894 from a cerebral haemorrhage,not from the tuberculosis,at the age of only 44 years and was burried at the
summit of Mount Vaea on the Vaelima(meaning 5 rivers) estate where Fanny,his American wife was buried 20
He was a great defender of the rights of the Samoans and was called" Tusitala",the teller of tales.
We did there an interesting guided tour of 45 minutes of the smoking room with its redundant fireplace,
his bedroom and library where his own original editions are displayed,his wife Fanny's bedroom lined with polished Californian
redwood,the dining room with lots of pics,a room acting as infirmary...but this historical interior contains mostly replicas!
to be continued!!!!!!!!!!!!