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Samoa: Villa Vailima (R.L.Stevenson's home)

In my youth I read "Treasure Island" and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" under the blankets, disobeying my parents' orders to go to sleep. I'm sure you have similar memories!

Stevenson spend final part of his life in Samoa. Samoans called him "Tusitala" ("Teller of Tales") He died on 3rd December 1894, at the age of only 44 and was buried at the summit of Mount Vaea (475m/1558').

The present Villa has an additional wing constructed in the period of German Samoa 1889-1914, as the Villa served as a residence of governor Wolfgang Solf. In 1992, the Villa was seriously damaged by hurricane Val. After its reconstruction, the R.L.Stevenson Museum was opened in the Villa. Unfortunately, with the exception of 3 chairs, the interior contains only replicas.

From the grounds of the museum a path leads to the summit of Mount Vaea and the last resting place of Robert L. Stevenson. A magnificent view opens from the summit at the Harbor of Apia and at several villages with their so typical Samoan Fales.

03-32-Entrance to the Museum
03-32-Entrance to the Museum
03-31-Villa Vailima
03-31-Villa Vailima
03-11-R.L.Stevenson Museum
03-11-R.L.Stevenson Museum
03-12-The German Wing
03-12-The "German Wing"
03-08-R.L.Stevenson Museum
03-08-R.L.Stevenson Museum
03-14-R.L.Stevenson Museum
03-14-R.L.Stevenson Museum
03-15-R.L.Stevenson Museum
03-15-R.L.Stevenson Museum
03-16-R.L.Stevenson Museum
03-16-R.L.Stevenson Museum
03-17-The Tour Guide
03-17-The Tour Guide
03-18-R.L.Stevenson Museum
03-18-R.L.Stevenson Museum
03-19-Rear side of the Villa Vailima
03-19-Rear side of the Villa Vailima
03-21-Fale in Vailima's Garden
03-21-Fale in Vailima's Garden
03-23-Path to the Summit of Mount Vaea
03-23-Path to the Summit of Mount Vaea
03-24-Rainy outlook from Mount Vaea
03-24-Rainy outlook from Mount Vaea
03-25-Outlook from Mount Vaea
03-25-Outlook from Mount Vaea
03-28-Samoan Life, Villages and Fales
03-28-Samoan Life, Villages and Fales
03-27-Tomb of Robert L. Stevenson
03-27-Tomb of Robert L. Stevenson
03-26-Harbor of Apia seen from Mount Vaea
03-26-Harbor of Apia seen from Mount Vaea
03-29-Coast of Apia
03-29-Coast of Apia