Passports, borders, and norms in 1847 and 2017

Passports, borders, and norms in 1847 and 2017

Before our travel through Europe, I ordered a new passport as the one I had would expire within 6 months’ time. But once inside EU, would I actually need a passport on our journey? Would one need to show any photo ID on any train or ferry? We started our journey in Stockholm and no ID was needed. Then we took the ferry from Trelleborg […]

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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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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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