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A Bothersome Cold. A Stendhal-day in Regensburg

The nineteenth-century author and flâneur Stendhal once wrote that the best way to experience a new place is to wander aimlessly in whatever direction that whim dictates. Without planning and without knowing beforehand, the cognitive faculties turn acute, and the … Continue reading

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Alp Adventures (1)

When I arrived in Innsbruck it was already dark. Although it was mid-February, I could not feel any of that snow-cold winter air that I had been looking forward to. The train station was a modern creation, and stretched out … Continue reading

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Everything is going to be OK. Uppsala and the 110-year-old guidebook

Since I often write about trains, some people assume that I am interested in trains. I am not. Trains are crammed, dusty, uncomfortable, full of noise and breadcrumbs and stains and toilets out of order. They wobble and toss from … Continue reading

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Travel and the sense of time – with Baedeker in Italy

When we travel, something happens with our sense of time. We can travel fast, and stay for a long time when we get to where we’re heading. We can choose to travel slow, but stay only for a short time … Continue reading

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Itinerary VIII, Ponte S. Angelo to Porta Asinaria, second part

Starting point: Piazza Pasquino Einsiedeln instructions: In sinistra                                                In dextra Sancti Laurentii in Damaso Thermae Alexandrinae   … Continue reading

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Paradise, or Where Does Italy Begin?

For a traveller to Italy from the north, there is no possible way of ignoring the Alps. Whether you are Hannibal, a medieval pilgrim, a Grand Tour pleasure seeker or an airborne tourist of the 21st century, the Alps are … Continue reading

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The low door. A mind-travel to Oxford

It began with a twig of ivy this dark December morning, a little piece of intense greenery in the bleak autumn grass next to a grey stone wall. ”The eye has to travel”, Diana Vreeland, legendary fashion editor, once said. … Continue reading

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Itinerary VIII, Ponte S. Angelo to Porta Asinaria, first part

Starting point: Ponte S. Angelo, east side Einsiedeln instructions: In sinistra                                                        In dextra … Continue reading

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Going slow or flying fast – instructions for promenades in Rome

In Madame de Staël’s novel Corinne, or Italy (1807), when the protagonists of the book are heading for Tivoli, lord Nelvil drives the four-horse carriage himself and enjoys the speed of the drive, since ”speed seems to enhance the sense … Continue reading

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Itinerary VII, Porta S. Pancrazio to Porta Maggiore, ninth part

Starting point: piazza di S. Maria Maggiore Einsiedeln instructions: In sinistra:                 In dextra: Sanctus Vitus             Forma Lateranense. Monasterium Honorii                     … Continue reading

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