Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes
Our new tour, Mont Aigoual and the Cevennes, follows in the donkey tracks of Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In 1878, the young Stevenson set out on what was then a very adventurous tourist journey through the wild landscapes of the Cévenne mountains in Southern France with his donkey, Modestine, with whom he had a love-hate relationship; his account of the journey, published in 1879, is considered a pioneering work in the field of outdoor literature. Our bike tour, whilst not quite so adventurous, cover the same wild and beautiful region, and in reading the book you realise that the landscapes and villages have changed very little since Stevenson's adventure.
Below is he closing chapter of the book which gives a flavour of both the book and the countryside. If you would like to read the whole book, it is available to read on-line at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/535/535-h/535-h.htm