Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes.
Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes Journal by Stevenson, Robert Louis (Balfour), published in 1879. Recovering on the French Riviera from a respiratory ailment, Stevenson spent 12 days walking 120 miles from the town of Le Monastier to St. Jean du Gard in the Cevennes mountain range, accompanied only by his donkey, Modestine. A classic of travel literature, Travels gives a humorous account of Modestine's idiosyncrasies and the mutual adjustments of author and donkey. The account is enlivened by Stevenson's fresh, vivid descriptions of the landscape and its inhabitants, his detailed record of his travel preparations, and his depiction of his visit to a Trappist monastery.