Contributor: Ian Logan, Highlands, Janet Darne, Cévennes
To mark the 140th anniversary of RLS journey in the Cévennes, A Donkey Caravan leaves Le Monastier on September 22nd and arrives at St Jean du Gard on October 6th. Celebrations and events are planned at all stages.
Stevenson Adventures recently took a group of teenagers from inner city Glasgow on a day walk and also a 2 night expedition into the Scottish hills. The group had never attempted anything like this before and so it was quite a challenge for them with both the walking and the camping.
However they took to it, despite the midges and the heavy rucksacks. One thing they really enjoyed was swimming in the mountain river and despite the cold water several folk managed three swims during the day – who says our young folk are soft these days!
The group pitched their own tents and also cooked their own food, in addition to the lots of sweets that they had brought. The whole experience was very helpful to them all and should prove beneficial to their personal development.
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.