I so would totally go back to the court of Louis XIV and be one of his lovers just to get the titles and the goodies.
Then, I would go to Louis XV and become BFF with La Pompadour.
Then, I would hang unto Louis XVI and meet Marie Antoinette.
Afterwards, I would go to England and hook up with the Regency period greats such as Dickens and Austen. And I'd go Victorian and meet Wilde and Shaw.
Finally, I would end in the US at the Civil War and meet ALL of the generals (both sides) just to get the feel of the times.
Ah, the dreams!
I'd like to go to several places:
1. Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia...Oh to hear the delegates arguments
2. Appomattox Courthouse 1865... To witness honor between Generals Lee and Grant
3. Washington D.C....I Have A Dream Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
4. The building of the Great Pyramid of Giza...immortality in the shape of a tomb
And many many more.............What a great topic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would go to Boston during the time of the American Revolution, but only if I didn't have to quarter British troops in my house and only if I went back knowing that we were going to win. It would have been a dangerous time of high anxiety, for sure, but how thrilling to live in that city when the country was born and walk among those who made it happen. Listening to the talk in the streets and in the shops and reading the papers every day would be fascinating. While I was there, I would spend time at the harbor watching the tall ships come in, provided they weren't firing on the city or each other.
As long as I knew I could come back, I'd go back to the medieval world in England somewhere. I'm fascinated with guilds and the marketplaces and the church-building. So much of life was hard (which is why I want to make sure I can come back), and I would not be a fan of the plague and the grime of ot all. But there's something intriguing about the time which draws me to it.
I would have loved spending time in Paris shortly after World War I, possible bumping into Hemingway and friends at their various watering holes. Being a Floridian, I would also have enjoyed the experience of seing Florida grow at the turn of the century, possibly getting the chance to buy up some beachfront property or some swampland in Orange County for future development. After reading Hersppleness' post, however, perhaps changing places with Louis XIV would be the wisest choice of all.
I'm more interested in seeing earthshaking natural events. I'd like to see glacial Lake Missoula's dam break and see the water rushing across Washington down to the Columbia. I'd like to see the event that caused the flood that made the Black Sea salty.
In human events, I definitely want to go back into prehistoric, rather than historic times. I would want to modern humans interacting with Neanderthals and proto-Indians hunting. I'd like to see the first people discovering Hawaii or the Micronesian islands where I grew up.
I think I would want to go back to the U.S. during the Civil War. This was such an incredible turning point in U.S. history. The survival of this country was at stake. Actually being in the U.S. at the time and following Lincoln as he led this country would be fascinating.
I'd like to live in the 1920s in a city like New York or Chicago for a while. I love the clothing, the attitudes of the time, the advent of radio, fashion, baseball as a national pastime, Movies, Jazz. There's just so much of that time period to enjoy.
Then there are parts of the 1960s I would have liked to have been older for. I was born at the end of the decade, and to see the Civil Rights Movement in progress, to hear JFK speak, to watch man walking on the moon on television. There were so many formative events in those times, formative for my life and the country I live in now, that I wish I had witnessed some of them.
1. Return to the late nineteenth-century in Paris, France, when the Impressionism movement began and be an invitee in the salons where the artists argued about their styles, etc. Talk art, talk art, attend the opera--be a bonne vivante.
2. In this same time period be another guest--this time at the court of Czar Nicholas of Russia. Ride in the sleighs, drink from the samovar,see the Fabrege eggs, spend days with the Czar and Czarina.
3. Return to Pompei 55B.C. before the explosion. Pompei was a very progressive city.
4. Visit Greece and Rome about the same time.
5. Visit Shakespearean theatres and know the actors personally.
6. Stay for a while with the Bronte sisters on the moors of England, and visit the coutryside of Thomas Hardy.
7. Be part of the audiences of the great composers in Vienna, Austria, in the late 1700s. [Beethoven, Schubert, et. al.]
8. The Dickens you say! Visit Victorian England and some of the Empire. (Oscar Wilde, too)
9. Travel on through to Jane Austen and the Regency Period as well.
10. Be on site for the first horserace in America in Virginia. What a finish!
Wow! That is quite some time travelling, you have got there, herappleness! For me, I would have to choose between two times: Shakesperian England (can you imagine actually watching the "premier" of one of his plays?!) or I quite fancy doing a Grand Tour of Europe in one of Henry James' novels.
Oh my gosh! I love this question!
1) Go to the US in 1984, when 'The Jacksons' had their '1984 Victory Tour' because I love them all so much and are all eye candy!!! Plus, they do the most exciting things on stage and the dance routines and costumes were tops!
2) Be at the Motown 25 show and witness the iconic moonwalk from the King of Pop and also watch him and his brothers perform!
3) Be at Prince's 'Purple Rain Tour.'
4) Probably go back to the very first Olympic Games!
5) Finally...just to live the decade of the 80s. It will probably be one of the most memorable moments in our lifetime and just see how different things were back then and what people were missing out on and what they had to live with!
I'm trying to keep it short and sweet, otherwise, it may be too long to post but thank you for this great discussion!