The Robert Louis Stevenson museum is a must-see if you are in Apia, Samoa. The house is lovely, the tour guides are knowledgeable, and the walk to the grave on a Mount Vaea is beautiful. Stevenson spent his last 4 1/2 years in Samoa at the end of the 19th century. He wrote 5 books here and was popular with the Samoans because he spoke out against colonial abuses and inefficiency. Stevenson was given a Samoan name of Tusitala - "teller of tales".
When Stevenson died (aged 44) hundreds of Samoans watched over his body, cleared a path to the top of the mountain, and bore his coffin to the grave site.
|Stevenson did much of his writing from his bed as he was quite ill during his last years.|
|Grand hall at Vailima|
|Recent portrait of Stevenson|
|On the veranda at Vailima|
|Cat rug in smoking room|
|Sculpture comemorating the end of cannibalism. Legend has it that the chief's son had himself wrapped in leaves as a sacrifice to save a chosen victim. His father, upon seeing his son, chose to substitute fish for the feast from then on.|
|Cook house at Vailima|
|Epitaph on grave - written by Stevenson for himself|
|Camilla and Joanna - our Norwegian friends, joined us on the hike to the grave high above Vailima|
|Stevenson's grave. His wife, Fanny is also buried here.|
|Vailima - the right hand wing was added by the German governor who lived here after the Stevensons left.|