"I left England in the autumn of 1862, intending to try whether the south of France was really, as I had been told, a cheaper place of abode than England. I travelled (for a lady) in rather a peculiar fashion, for I took with me only one small waterproof stuff bag, which I could carry in my hand, containing a spare dress, a thin shawl, two changes of every kind of under clothing, two pairs of shoes, pens, pencils, paper, the inevitable 'Murray', and prayer-book, so that I had no trouble or expense about luggage. My plan was to locate myself by the week, in any town or village that took my fancy, and ramble about on foot to botanize, and see all that was worth seeing in the environs;..... There are disadvantages, however, in this gypsy style of travelling which I did not foresee when I set out."
A Lady's Walks in the South of France Mary Eyre