Cologne, Germany

Dresden Sunset

Photo by FH | Photography (on Facebook).

This picture was taken in Stadtteil Pirnaische Vorstadt, a neighborhood of Dresden, Germany (see on Google Maps).

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A medieval manuscript that was peed on by a cat

Scribe was forced to leave the rest of the page empty, drew a picture of a cat and cursed the creature with the following words:

“Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”

[Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night. Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book during the night in Deventer and because of it many others [other cats] too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come.]

Cologne, Historisches Archiv, G.B. quarto, 249, fol. 68r



Der britische Maler William Morris hat dieses Dorf in Gloucestershire mit den kleinen Cottages aus gelbem Sandstein, der Kirche aus dem 14. Jahrhundert und dem romantischen Dorfteich einst als das “schönste Dorf in Englands” beschrieben. Mit dem National Trust Touring Pass können Sie beim Besuch historischer Sehenswürdigkeiten in Großbritannien eine Menge Geld sparen. Laden Sie den Reiseführer herunter, um nähere Informationen dazu zu erhalten.


Quedlinburg, Germany


Uniform of King Frederick the Great of Prussia from the 1st Battallion Guard with the Order of the Black Eagle from the 18th Century on display at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin

Frederick’s reign is remembered for it’s militarism which would go on to inspire unsavory historical figures such as the despot Adolf Hitler and many neo-Nazis. But he was a figure of the Enlightenment and liked to fill his court with free thinkers such as Voltaire and, quite controversially for the time, Atheists.

He was an open homosexual as well. After one particular defeat on the battlefield he wrote “Fortune has it in for me; she is a woman, and I am not that way inclined.”

Many cultures have had some form of a gun-blade combination due to the fact that they are extremely versatile out on the battlefield. The most famous form would be the bayonet that was used during the Crimean War and the American Civil War. The Germans were also known for their axe guns and a lot of these are preserved in the Historisches Museum in Dresden, as seen above.