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The pagan temple in Uppsala

The Swedes have a very famous temple called Uppsala, situated not far from the cities of Sigtuna and Björkö. In this temple, entirely decked out in gold, the people worship the statues of three gods in such a wise that … Continue reading

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Magicians among the Lapps

Their (of the Lapps) intolerable ungodliness will hardly seem credible nor how much devilish superstition they exercise in the art of magic. For some of them are revered as soothsayers by the foolish multitude because whenever asked they can employ … Continue reading

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the Lapps

Bordering the length of Norway is a vast wasteland, separating it from the pagan peoples. This waste is lived in by Lapps and by the wild animals whose flesh they eat half-raw and whose skins they wear. They are indeed … Continue reading

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Sailing the unknown northern seas

The deepest stretch of northern sea is found there (*), with a Charybdis and Scylla and whirlpools from which there is no escape; and there are frozen headlands which 3 send headlong into the sea immense icebergs, which are increased … Continue reading

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Abundance of sea fauna

Although the interior of Turdetania (1) is so productive, it will be found that the seaboard vies with it in its goodly products from the sea. For the various kinds of oysters as well as mussels are in general surpassing, … Continue reading

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Fauna in Turdetania

Turdetania (*) also has a great abundance of cattle of all kinds, and of game. But there are scarcely any destructive animals, except the burrowing hares, by some called “peelers”; for they damage both plants and seeds by eating the … Continue reading

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La ville du Caire

La ville du Caire a cinq portes Bab en Nasr (la porte du Secours de Dieu) ; Bab el Foutouh (la porte des Victoires) ; Bab el Qantharah (la porte du Pont) ; Bab ez Zoueilèh (la porte de Zoueilèh), … Continue reading

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Le cadeau du Nil

Lorsque le soleil entre dans le signe du Capricorne, les eaux du Nil commencent à gonfler jusqu’à ce qu’elles atteignent une hauteur de vingt ârech au-dessus du niveau qu’elles ont en hiver. La crue se fait progressivement et jour par … Continue reading

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Buenos Aires in 1889 – a city on horseback

How shall I describe the metropolis of the Argentine, with its one-storied, flat-roofed houses, each with grated windows and centre patio? Some of the poorer inhabitants raise fowls on the roof, which gives the house a barnyard appearance, while the … Continue reading

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Aden

Nella notte del quattro partiamo a bordo del vapore inglese; passiamo lo stretto di Bab-el-Mandeb, porta del diavolo, rinserrato fra terra ferma asiatica e l’isola di Perim su cui sventola la bandiera inglese, e la mattina del giorno seguente diamo … Continue reading

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