One good thing leads to another when you take a day trip from Uzès to Le Plus Beau Village Sainte-Enimie in the Cévennes Mountains.
A Day Trip from Uzès
While on a quest to visit Sainte-Enimie, a Plus Beau Village in the Cévennes, I passed towns and vistas where I had to stop to capture at least a photo. Cévennes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its stunning natural landscapes.
The following week, at my French lesson, I shared some of the details of my adventure with my teacher. Deciphering my poorly spoken French enough to understand the gist of the story, she asked if I knew the French movie filmed in the Cévennes, “My Donkey, My Lover, and I,” an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s book “Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes,.”
I’d never heard of it.
I rented the movie and watched it that night. It’s delightful.
I have something new to add to my growing checklist of “things to do in France.” I’m anxious to trace the route of Robert Louis Stevenson through the Cévennes.
Robert Louis Stevenson and “Walking with a Donkey”
Robert Lewis Stevenson deeply loved adventure and travel. Author of “Treasure Island,” “Kidnapped,” and “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” he often embarked on journeys to explore new places to find inspiration for his writing.
“Walking with a Donkey in the Cevennes,” published in 1879, describes Stevenson’s experiences on a 12-day hike through the Cévennes. Accompanied by a stubborn and often obstinate donkey named Modestine, Stevenson recounts his journey through the remote, picturesque region of France.