The Meissen Souvenir

The Meissen Souvenir

Ever heard of Meissen porcelain? It is one of the most famous porcelain manufacturer in Europe – since 1710. Augusta visited Meissen on her journey in 1847. Meissen is not far from the city of Dresden and Augusta stopped there on her return trip from Prague. She didn’t write much about her visit: “We only stayed in Dresden for one day and visited the large […]

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On the Balcony of Europe

On the Balcony of Europe

“Of the walks within the city, Brühl’ s Terrace is remarkable. On one side, a high staircase with several landings leads up to the terrace; on the other side, the terrace is divided into several smaller terraces, one under the other. Here is an extremely beautiful view and in one of the large and lush boulevards, you will find an elegant restaurant.”   [ Augusta’s Diary, Dresden, […]

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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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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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The famous Hotel de Saxe in Dresden, Germany

The famous Hotel de Saxe in Dresden, Germany

Dresden, 9 July 1847 “Early in the morning on the 5 July, we left Berlin behind us and arrived in the evening to the so highly praised Dresden, where we are staying at Hôtel de Saxe, the city’s most splendid hotel. Our stay here at Hôtel de Saxe is very nice and I would say elegant, if I had not just arrived from Berlin, with […]

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