RLS Club members recently enjoyed a sail on the paddle steamer Waverley. The journey went from Glasgow along the River Clyde to the village of Tighnabruaich. It followed routes taken by RLS when accompanying his father on lighthouse visits. It is also the route he took when he sailed to the USA in 1879 to follow Fanny.
The Waverley bears the name of the first novel by Sir Walter Scott, the celebrated 19th century author who was a friend of Robert Stevenson, grandfather of RLS. Built in 1946 Waverley is the last sea-going passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world and continues a 200 year history of steamers on the Clyde.
The Association Franco-Écossaise of Paris recently visited Scotland on a tour organised by the Edinburgh branch of the Franco-Scottish Society. At the Museum of the Coastal Communities in North Berwick they visited the Stevenson exhibition which inter alia tells of RLS’ travels in France. The Franco-Scottish Society has strong links with the RLS Club. See attached article “French visitors”. Thanks to Martin in North Berwick for sending the article;
Interview with Mira Sanders, a Belgian visual artist, who produced an exhibition on the theme: “An inland Voyage ” at the Argos Centre in Brussels in 2017. She explains her approach in this Youtube video (15 minutes, in French).
Contributeur: Jean Louis Felbacq , Sur le canaux du nord
News from the territories, this week the Northern Canals first give us a link to their newsletter (in particular April-June issue) which allows to get a feel of the positive and enthusiastic atmosphere around the Sambre canal renovation project and see the other projects that are springing up around. Thank you Jean Louis.
This week’s news comes from Jean Luc Pouliquen of Hyères on the French Riviera. An interesting piece of Fanny’s biography that will appeal to all those who are passionate about the history and life of Robert Louis’ companion.
The Stevenson Network had committed to participate in a program called ERASMUS + D.E.C.R.A. (Developing European Cultural Routes for All), organized by the FFICE (French Federation of European Cultural Routes). Last week I attended a meeting and workshop held in Pula, Croatia. The workshops focused on the following topics:
– Inclusion and accessibility of tourist sites
– Valorization of local heritage, what is Cultural Tourism? …… (meeting with Croatian and Serbian tour operators)
– Faro Convention (Council of Europe): one of the questions: “how to involve local communities in a tourism and cultural project”
The meeting was organized by the local Cultural Routes; the Roman Emperors and the Danube Wine Route. Attached are photos of the meeting, the arena of Pula and its gladiators.
Contributor: Jean Louis Felbacq , Sur le canaux du nord
2 articles from the regional press (Le Thiérache) echoing the celebrations at Oisy and Pont sur Sambre in the North, sent by Jean Louis Felbacq of Thiérache Avenir Tradition. Our network can be proud to have contributed and given meaning and perspectives to the reopening of this canal.
Some news following the meeting of European Cultural Routes in Piacenza (northern Italy) where I visited last week at the invitation of the European Network: La Hansa. A dozen cultural routes were present. The objective was to exchange more closely and concretely on our projects, our operations, our difficulties and to enrich each other’s experience.
Objective achieved, especially during discussions in workshops of 4 people where we really got to know each other. The result should be easier listening and a more balanced exchange with the Institut de Luxembourg (IECE). In particular, I received support for the invitation of a member of our scientific committee (Linda Dryden PhD student at Nappier University) at the European Training Seminar to be held in Spain in June.
The contact especially with the members of the Via Francigena who welcomed us was very good. They are all francophones.
I enclose some photos of the beautiful city of Piacenza.
Easter Monday and for three days, in Saint Jean du Gard, one of the towns on the Chemin de Stevenson, it was Boulegan, a dance and traditional music festival (one of the biggest in France) that brought together several thousand dancers, some of whom came from Spain, Italy, the Netherlands or elsewhere in Europe (see photo). The music was very lively and the atmosphere warm and friendly, faithful to the values of RLS; openness and tolerance of others. For the dancing there was polka, bourrée, scottishe (traditional French dances), on tunes from Rap to more than 2000 people Saturday night.