Diary of a Pilgrimage

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Diary of a Pilgrimage
First edition (UK)
Author Jerome K. Jerome
Illustrator G. G. Fraser
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Comedy novel
Publisher J. W. Arrowsmith (UK)
Henry Holt and Co. (US)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
OCLC 2728522

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They travel by train from London Victoria to Dover and have a rough overnight crossing of the Channel to Ostend and thence by train to Cologne where they spend a night in a hotel. The following day they visit Cologne Cathedral before catching the train to Munich, travelling alongside the Rhine. They spend Sunday in Munich where Jerome practices his German before catching a train to Oberau and then a carriage to Oberammergau to see the play. They return via Heidelberg.

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