Ok, if y'all are getting a little bored, we now have the option of visiting any where and any time in history, real or stuff of folklore and mythology places. Granpappy and Beetle have gone and built us a time machine, powered by Granpappy's XXX formula and Beetle's rocket ingenuity invention.
Start with the letter A and tell us where you would like to go. Next person start with letter B, and so on.
Go for it!!!
Atlantis - mythological legendary city
I was keen on going to Avalon, Phyllis, but Atlantis would be interesting--take care with the settings so we get it before it sank.
For B, however, I think 18th century Bath, England. I would like to meet my hero and heroine, William Herschel (musician and astronomer) and his sister Caroline (first woman to discover a comet and be made an honorary member of the Royal Astronomical Society).
Greetings, Mona. I would love to go to Avalon, too. It is one of my most favorite places. Your choice for 'B', though, is very interesting. If you have an article on Herschel and his sister, or plan to write one, I will love to read it and learn more. I am very intrigued with the Herschels -- you have peaked my interest.
Carolinas in the 1580s - to do some exploring on where the Roanoke Colony once was.
Dublin, Ireland - in the 9th century when it was established as a settlement by the Vikings
Egypt--when the pyramids were being built
Fort McHenry - when/where the U.S. National anthem was penned by FSK; Battle of Baltimore, September 13- 14, 1814
Glastonbury Abbey - the ancient county of Somerset in the 7th Century -- when King Ine of Wessex put up the stone church which is now the base that forms the west end of the nave. Ine was widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of the Abbey.
Hadrian's Wall - during construction (120's A.D.) and defensive periods of hostile attacks by the Picts.
Isle of Man - to find Merlin's cave.
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina - to watch the Wright brothers achieve the first controlled, powered flight on December 17, 1903 (Nearby Kitty Hawk is often cited as the location)
London - as an architect to be there before the bridge falls down
Nevada - early 1800's before the gold & silver was thoroughly mined
Beetle, what would you have liked to see in Nevada then?
Oregon Trail - between 1811 to 1840 to follow the 2,000-mile historic east-west wagon route and emigrant trail that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon and locations in between.
Phoenician Era--in the Bronze Age
Qin Dynasty - first imperial dynasty in China; 221-207 BC.
Renaissance era in England
Slieve Bloom Mountains near the historic town of Birr in County Offaly, Ireland -- to see the Kinnitty Castle just after it was built by the Normans in the 13th century.
Shakespearean England, I'd really like to find the author or authors who were Shakespeare and discuss the writing craft.
Sorry Phyllis - somehow I didn't see your post until my own went up.
No problem, Veda, this happens once in awhile and we just keep going on. Thanks for joining the game.
Tula region of Russia in the late 1800's to see the Tolstoy family estate and meet Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy.
Ural Mountains in the Middle Ages
Vienna during the 19th century when it became the capital of the Austrian Empire.
Washington state during the fur trading days.
Xanadu - when it was first created
Yellowstone National Park in the early 1900's.
Arctic Circle with Robert Peary's first expitition
Bent's Old Fort - in Colorado along the Santa Fe Trail during the 1840's. Peacefully watch fur traders, trappers & travelers trade with the Cheyenne & Arapaho (National Historic Site near present day La Junta, Colorado & and recreated as a restaurant outside Denver in Morrison)
p.s. I owe Mona an answer about Nevada. I would want to go there before the mining operations started & get a jump on the riches. Greedy, ain't I?
Yup! that is very greedy, Beetle.
Colorado to Bents Old Fort to see what Beetle sees then back home to Nevada before Beetle gets there so I can have first choice of all the riches. hehehehehe
Dunkirk - in the Spring of 1940 to get inspired by the bravery of the British Forces as they were evacuated by the even braver boaters that dodged the Third Reich artillery
Eventide to listen when King Arthur sat at the Round Table and had discussions with all the knights.
Fort Scott, Kansas 1840's with the dragoons.
Great Bend Kansas in 1873 when it became a shipping point for cattle.
Hawaii in the late 1800's.
India - 19th Century during the British Colonization
Josephine's Court 1804-1809
Kilimanjaro - 1887, during the first European scaling of the African continent's highest mountain (19,340 feet) and having snow/ice near the Equator.
London during the plaque.
Maya Civilization - especially during their formative years of construction & widespread trade/warfare
Nashville - When the Grand Ole Opry was at its height of glory and Flat and Scruggs were playing their best.
Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 - those who entered the territory prior to the noon start time on April 22nd of that year coined the term 'Sooners'
Paris in the late 19th century when the Impressionists were painting
Qing Dynasty - mid 18th Century during the 'the golden age of three emperors'; last Imperial Chinese Dynasty that fell to Sun Yat-sen in 1911
Reno, Nevada during the silver mining heydays.
Seattle World's Fair, 1962
Tsarist Russia - just before the revolution in 1905
Utopia - during the time of Plato, when he proposed that the "philosopher-kings", with their wisdom would supposedly eliminate poverty and deprivation through fairly distributed resources.
Versailles - during the period between Loius XIV (1682) and the royal family ousting with the French Revolution in 1789
Warsaw in the late 20th century
Xian, China - 3rd century BC during the assembly of the Terracotta Army
Yorkshire, England around 1485 when Henry Tudor won the final victory of the Wars of the Roses, defeated the last Yorkist king Richard III and married Edward IV's daughter Elizabeth of York to unite the two houses. Spot on, Henry!
Zanzibar in the 15th century as the Portuguese Empire arrived to get involved with the well-established trade routes between Africa, Middle East & Asia
Veda, I'd like to visit Shakespearean England, too, for your reasons, but also to hear the language. I wonder how Elizabethan English was spoken and what the plays sounded like.
Beetle, re Nevada, that's an answer that makes sense. Otherwise I can't see many good reasons for visiting at any time!
that's right!!! Get the grabbings while the grabbings are still good.
Avalon - when King Arthur was taken there and still lives in the hearts of those who love him
Boston in the Fall of 1773. Start preparing for the event of the era - the Tea Party; grabbing leather & feathers.
Colonies in the Summer of 1773, collecting chickweed and other herbs to make my own teas since we will not be having much around here for awhile.
Englewood, Colorado in 1858 - at the confluence of Little Dry Creek & the South Platte River, the Russell brothers discovered a pocket of gold that sparked the Colorado Gold Rush the next year
Question to Vintage GS: What was happening in Denver in the 1870s that was of interest?
eww...eww... I know - I know!!! Pick me - Pick me. <<jumping up & down waving hand frantically>>
Um, Beetle, was this another gold rush? I'm noticing a certain aureate theme running through your posts.
Fairbanks, Alaska - in the late 1800's during the gold rush
Mona, better pick Beetle before he passes out from jumping up and down and holding his breath!
Who knows the answer? Oh, Beetle has his hand up. Beetle, please tell us.
Perhaps it is because that is when a train actually began stopping there Mona, so life as such could really begin.
Up until then it had been mainly a mining town which had gone bust I think. The first train stopped in 1870 and by the mid 70's it had become a really active and exciting place to be.
Ages ago German TV repeated an old TV mini-series called "Centennial" with David Janssen, and that at least is how the Colorado from the time was portrayed..............but there is no doubt that Beetle will know the actual reason.
Being a 'Mile High' Native, Francine you nailed it.
Gold prospecting & mining did take a turn about the time the train spur out of Cheyenne arrived. It would be a few more years before silver became the next attempt at fortune.
This was not enough to prevent Colorado from becoming the 38th state of the Union in 1876. Thus, the 'Centennial State' and the attempts to host the 1976 Olympics in celebration of 100 years of statehood (those went to Innsbruck due to Colorado residents voting to withdraw fearing the high expenses & environmental impact).
Now I can inhale-exhale; was turning blue as a glacier here.
Back to the subject at hand...
Greece - around 700 BC (maybe 650 BC - something like that), when the prosperity of the city-states led to the advances in science, mathematics, architecture, drama, and philosophy.
Holland - during the Tulip Festival
(Did you know that Holland orders their tulip bulbs from Skagit County, Washington? My sister-in-law had some friends who lived up there by us when I lived in Skagit County. The friends took a special holiday to Holland during the tulip festival over there. They were looking for some special bulbs and were told the shipment from Skagit County had not yet arrived. hahahaha true story!)
Ice Age - run safari-type hunts for the vicious wooly mammoth
Jurassic Park - inside an indestructible army tank so I can just observe the wildlife, not come in contact with them.
Klondike Gold Rush (1897-99) - gonna find more tooth repair material for Granpappy
Lumberjack days of northern Minnesota (mid 1800's)
Munich - September 1972: maybe thwart the Olympic Massacre?
Nashville, Tennessee during the postï¿½Civil War years of the late 19th century
Oesterreich - Austria during the Hapsburg Dynasty; anytime from 1280 through the 19th Century
Oregon Trail of the 1850's.
Puyallup, Washington - during the Puyallup State Fair, the best fair I have ever attended. We used to go every year when my siblings and I were growing up.
Russia in 1890 - to watch the first carving of a Matryoshka doll set (nesting dolls) by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, a folk crafts painter.
Segovia, Spain - in the late 15th Century. The town was in the past, a fortress to Romans & Moors, and now the Alcazar was Isabella's Castle.
Tula, Hidalgo 800 - 1000 CE - to watch the Toltec artisans create their lovely masterpieces
Victoria Falls - with David Livingstone in November 1855, when he is believed to have been the first European to view the falls
Washington State, Seattle in the late 1800s to meet Princess Angeline
Xingtai, China - 1500 BC during it being the Shang Dynasty Capital; oldest city in China
Yonkers, New York - now, to visit the Philipse Manor Hall, which is now a museum.
Zion National Park - turn of 20th Century; before overtaken by roads & tourists
Aztec Empire, prior to 1428 when the Spanish conquistadores invaded.
<It would be another 90 years before Cortes shows up, so that is a good period>
Boston Harbor - September 13, 1814; to actually see those bombs bursting in air.
(Good, then I will be outta there afore any trouble starts.
Chandraketugarh - 22 miles north of Calcutta, India, during the discovery and archaeological study the area revealed relics of several historical periods
(Do bombs actually burst in the air?)
Enumclaw, Washington, now - to see if it has changed much since I was a child.
<CORRECTION that should've been BALTIMORE HARBOR not Boston. Bursting in air?.?.?. absolutely... Think of an aerial firework displays. The purpose was to vertically deliver maiming scrapnel, as wall/berms were erected to protect against direct firing weapons, like cannons & rifles.>
Fort McHenry - September 13, 1814; in Baltimore Harbor (see 'B' above)
Ahhh! well, of course, to vertically deliver .... uhm, okaaaay....
Galveston, Texas - at the end of the 19th century during the golden era of Galveston's history
Inside Curiosity on Mars - now
Jefferson's Desk - 1775-6 as he drafted the Declaration of Independence
Kilimanjaro, the Mountain - prior to 1912, when the ice glaciers were still covering most of the three summits.
Lisbon, Portugal late 1400's
Mesa Verde - 700 -1300 A.D.; find out just where those cliff dwellers went to...
Oregon Trail - to explore and follow time-honored footsteps
Quiet Place to retreat to for a few weeks.
Seattle - during the 1850's heydey of lumbering & the wild west attitude of the city
Tacoma - late 19th century when "Rails Meets Sails" was so looked forward to: connecting the deep water harbor of Commencement Bay to the Northern Pacific Railroad.
Utah Territory, May 1869 - to be observe the driving of the gold spike at Promontory Summit (Also watch that Granpappy don't try to run off with it)
Beetle, that is so admirable of you to take Granpappy in the time machine with you. Please don't leave him in some other era.
Venice, 1494 when Michelangelo lived there.
White Tower, Tower of London, 12th Century - Observe the finishes to the construction & the intial residence by William the Conqueror & Henry II
Xian, China - 11th century BC
Yemen, the island of Socrota, before human beings discovered it.
Zermatt, Switzerland in the 1860's. Many attempts were made to be the first to ascend the Matterhorn until it was done in July of 1865 (without the assistance of a helicopter)
Ancient Egypt, this is the time and place that fascinates me the most.
Babylon - 1792 - 1750 BC when it became the capital of Hammurabi's empire
Camelot - need I say more?
The Rosenborg Castle right after the construction was over.
Ethiopia late 1960's as Dr Richard Leaky conducted his expeditions much like his father & mother, Louis & Mary
The Lascaux Caves, the paintings goes back to about 15 000 years BC and that is when I would go.