Thursday, November 28, 2013

#747 Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Samoa

In 1890 the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson had this mansion built on the outskirts of Apia, Samoa in hopes that the tropical climate would help his tuberculosis, but he only lasted four years before dying here, but not before he was adopted by Samoans as a storyteller. With a beautiful lawn and gardens next to untamed tropical forest where Stevenson is buried, the house was partially destroyed in cyclones in the early 1990s, but was loving restored as a museum for the centenary of Stevenson's death.
A short tour leads past the antiques and family photos. Why so amazing? Such manicured carefully tended humble appreciation of literature does not really get celebrated much, but when it's one of the things to see in tiny Samoa, it is valued.

Source: Lonely Planet's Samoa & Tonga 6th Edition 2009

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