Vailima, the plantation house that Robert Louis Stevenson built overlooking Apia in 1890, has been wonderfully restored. The people who funded this restoration deserve major credit, because it's a beautiful building that now houses many of RLS's works, his step-daughter's drawings and, what appear to be, excellent reproductions of the furniture and room layouts from RLS's time. He lived there for only four years before he died, but from what we learned from guide Margaret, RLS was much loved by the Samoans. Even if you're not really into the whole literary side of things, RLS's time in Samoa was an interesting period in the island's history while Germany, the US and the British Empire all aspired to govern these South Sea Islands. I was delighted we made time to visit. Well worth the 15 Tala entrance fee (2005).
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