Augusta's Journey

Would the maid have used #MeToo?

Would the maid have used #MeToo?

On October 16 this year, my Facebook feed started to fill up with #MeToo – friends acknowledging that they had at some time been sexually harassed or assaulted. A simple hashtag and suddenly the whole world was talking about how men mistreat women. It made me think of Augusta and her time period. I can’t imagine that she and her friends, who all belonged to […]

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Dressed for Travelling, Hiking, and a Visit to the Opera

Dressed for Travelling, Hiking, and a Visit to the Opera

Packing for the trip through Germany I really dread packing. My suitcase always seems too small and my clothes inevitably weigh too much. And then I throw in things that I might need and would regret if I hadn’t brought along. The luggage scale is my enemy. Packing for our trip in Germany was a different challenge. We would be travelling by train and there […]

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The Madonna in Dresden

The Madonna in Dresden

When Augusta mentioned that Dresden’s art gallery was “indisputable the most pleasant reminder of the Kings of Saxony’s appreciation for art” and “held in the highest esteem by the entire travelling and educated world” I was looking forward to visiting the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. She especially mentioned a painting by Rafael:     “Naturally, we spent most of our time in the room where the […]

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We are off to Germany!

We are off to Germany!

Stockholm, 27 October 2017. Tomorrow, we are taking off for Germany!  Our journey starts from the Central Station in Stockholm and the train will take us to Southern Sweden where we will take the overnight ferry to Germany.  We will be visiting Lübeck, Berlin, Dresden, Bad Schandau, Prague, and Hamburg before we return to Stockholm on the 12th of October. During our 2-week  journey, we will […]

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Augusta’s Visit to the Semperoper in Dresden

Augusta’s Visit to the Semperoper in Dresden

  Augusta had a deep interest in music and she had a good voice. She even had a waltz dedicated to her: “La Belle du Nord – Valse pour le Piano. Offerte à Mademoiselle Augusta Söderholm par Gustav Eklund.” Augusta took singing lessons from one of Stockholm’s famous opera singers, Mr. Isidor Dannström. He was already famous in the 1840’s along with Jenny Lind. So […]

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