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Robert Lewis Stevenson was born in Edinburg, Scotland on 13 November 1850. He died in Vailima, Somoa on 3 December 1894. In his 44 years he wrote some of the world's true classics: Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

In November 1873 Stevenson was sent to Menton to recover from a physical collapse. He stayed in Menton until April 1874.

Stevenson later made frequent trips to France, with lengthy stays in the area of the forest of Fontainebleau, staying at Barbizon, Grez-sur-Loing and Nemours. He also visited Paris frequently for the galleries and the theatres.

A canoe trip in Belgium and France in 1876, with his friend Sir Walter Simpson, was the basis of his first real book, An Inland Voyage (1878). Sometime in the years between 1880 and 1887 Stevenson wintered in the French-Swiss Alps and in the sunny South of France. In the south he stayed at the Chalet de Solitude in Hyères .

Travels With a Donkey, Route

Stevenson's complete route with his donkey was: Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille, St Martin-de-Fugères, Goudet, Boucher-St-Nicolas, Lac du Bouchet, Pradelles, Langogne, Cheylard-l'Evêque, Luc, Chasseradès, L'Estampe, Le Bleymard, Pont-de-Montvert, Florac, Cassagnas, St Germain-de-Calberte, St Etienne-Vallée-Française, St Jean-du-Gard.
Stevenson Route Map