Tag Archives: Rome

Watch out for Lizards!

Snippets 192.  In 1900 American writer Laura G Collins published a collection of letters from her various travels around Europe, titled By-gone Tourist Days: Letters of Travel.  Although many of them are relatively dry descriptions of tourist destinations, at times she … Continue reading

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A Miserable Winter in Rome

Snippets 188. In 1817 Henry Matthews went on a “tour in pursuit of health”, and wrote about his experiences in Diary of an Invalid, in 1820. His first port of call was Lisbon, and from there he travelled to Italy.  … Continue reading

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The Rumour-monger

Snippets 139.  In 1854 the American Rev. George Foxcroft Haskins went on a tour of Europe and one of the highlights of his trip was an extended stay in Rome.  Although he had a wonderful time there, he was disappointed … Continue reading

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Lighting St. Peters in 1854

Snippets 137.  In 1854 the American Rev. George Foxcroft Haskins went on a tour of Europe and one of the highlights of his trip was an extended stay in Rome.  One of the many things that fascinated him about St … Continue reading

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A Roman Ghost

Creepy History 32.  It’s October, and that means Creepy History month on Windows into History again! The following quote is taken from Sketches of the Domestic Manners and Institutions of the Romans, published anonymously in 1822. The Romans were, indeed, … Continue reading

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Journals 10.4 – Loiterings in Europe by John Corson (Part 4)

This is the fourth part of my article on Corson’s journal.  For the previous parts please see the entries posted on 4th, 11th and 18th January 2016. Corson was lucky enough to be in Rome for the inauguration of a … Continue reading

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Journals 10.3 – Loiterings in Europe by John Corson (Part 3)

This is the third part of my article on Corson’s journal.  For the previous parts please see the entries posted on 4th and 11th January 2016. Crossing back over to Europe, Corson visited the unfinished Cologne Cathedral. Work had halted … Continue reading

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Santa’s Helper and the Queen’s Christmas Gift (Christmas History 16)

Lady Harriet Julia Jephson was an artist and writer, who wrote about her travel experiences in Notes of a Nomad, published in 1918.  The Great War hung heavy over her narrative, and she reflected upon her many acquaintances who had been … Continue reading

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Hands off that Beard (Snippets 16)

It was a tough life for a Roman philosopher in the 1st Century.  Gaius Musonius Rufus was a teacher of philosophy in Rome, but his career was cut short when he was exiled by Nero.  He returned to Rome after … Continue reading

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Journals 2.3 – Journal of Travels by G.E. Winants (Part 3)

The following is a continuation of my essay on Winants’s journal.  See the earlier entries from 30th May 2015 and 3rd June 2015 for the first and second parts. A few days after Christmas, Winants embarked on a ‘tour to … Continue reading

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