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Reviewed December 21, 2006

Visited in August 2005. Going through my travel pix, decided to share them.

Vailima has personal significance to me and my family, so I toured the building and grounds with great interest. Our young tourguide, shown in the turquoise tapa shirt in one photo, was very well versed in the details of each room and its occupants.

Higher on the mountain slope, it is cooler than in Apia with a delightful view. The building is lovely. It and the grounds are kept in excellent condition. There is still much love and respect for Tusitala (RLS). Not only was he a renown author, but he lobbied relentlessly for the rights of native Samoans. So much so, local Euro & American officials considered deporting him.

Because of rains overnight, I did not trek to his gravesite. The path can be slippery. A young NZ couple attempted it but turned back. Don't think the climb is life threatening but did not want to risk a sprain.

Since I'm writing the captions from memory, where I'm not sure, I added a question mark to the caption.

5  Thank Afkasi
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Reviewed October 17, 2005

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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Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 3, 2018
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018
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Date of experience: October 2018
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