Travelers’ Night In — Historical Treasures!
On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, the theme was historical treasures! As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations!
Here are this week’s questions:
Q1. Best historical tour you have taken – why?
SkiPRGirl Sfat, Israel. The home of Kabbalah (the real thing, not just the red bracelet)
atlasobscura Tour of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, to see & understand the worst of human nature, and hopefully never repeat it.
501places Port Arthur Prison Night Tour in Tasmania. One of the most haunted places on earth (if you believe that stuff)
DangerousBiz Pompeii was really cool. Ghost tour in Savannah, Georgia, was awesome. And doing a brothel tour in Skagway, Alaska, was amusing.
Image: Stuck in Customs
Q2. Time Travel: place/time you would go with a time machine?
melanierenzulli I’d travel back in time to NYC on 9/10/2001, just for the day.
mobilelawyer Paris early 1920s, drinking with Hemingway and the Lost Generation [YES! My favorite book of all time!]
culverlake chill with some T-Rexes and Raptors. I love raptors. Like, love.
KWanderlust3 1960s England to see the explosion of Rock and Roll and hang out with Keith Richards
Q3. Best history book/movie that has inspired any of your travels?
nataliebuster The Godfather made we want to visit Sicily. Is that wrong?
travelerkate Heidi always made me want to go to the Alps and wear braids
budgettravelsac For the record, I loved The Holiday for the countryside scenes in England during the holidays. Yeah, let me have it now…
Leavetheiguana Also the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil about Savannah
Image: Stuck in Customs
Q4. Historical treasure with the most global importance?
Action_JoJo Hard one. Jerusalem for its historical & religious importance for 3 of the world’s major faiths
TreLost … where do you even begin? The Rosetta Stone – changed the understanding of a culture and so much more.
NicoleWills2 Robben Island. The fact that Mandela was still able to teach us compassion & humanity after spending so many yrs there is amazing
nctaylor I think someone said Buckingham Palace no? Oh if only to meet Prince Harry (aka Hot Harry on a Horse).
Image: Paul Watson
Q5. What do you want to be known for in history books?
ieatmypigeon I shall be known as the author of the First Great Italian/Guatemalan-American novel. Woo.
LocoGringoCom The exploration work I have done in Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya.
BAbackpacker I dream of being a civil rights activist for GLBT rights! I would love to be in the histroy books for bringing = rights to everyone
roniweiss “The Casanova and Gandhi of the 21st Century”
Q6. Historical treasure that doesn’t live up to the hype?
bestraveldeals World’s Largest Groundhog in Kansas. World’s Largest Ball of Twine was more impressive
giopalatucci Mona Lisa. Smaller than I thought, and you can’t get close enough for a good look
dgr_dgr Hollywood. It’s not glamorous unless you’re famous. It’s dirty, sleazy, and full of people trying to scam tourists!
RoryRazon I grew up on Cape Cod so it is with great shame that I say Plymouth Rock.
Q7. Must-see historical site you would recommend to anyone?
swgraphic Liberty Hotel formerly Boston Charles Street Jail [I recommend this to everyone visiting Boston!]
BigBlueMarble Old Havana before it gets Westernised
kirsten_al loved entire town of St. Augustine in Florida. very old but so so cool. & significant.
whereisjenny Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City) in Colombia because the crazy adventurous journey it takes to get there
Q8. Museums — best historical gems? Most fun? Most bizarre?
bikehiketravel Gopher Hole Museum in Alberta, this attraction features stuffed gophers posed in a series of human-like scenes
earthypets Best – got to be the Spy Museum in Washington DC – you get to act like a spy!
richellekrzak Again, in Prague… the Torture Museum made me gag
Nomad_Student Monet’s gardens at Giverny. What’s better than a living museum of one of the masters?
Q9. City/Country with the most interesting history?
AtziriN I think Mexico…there so many history road behind, nobody knows everything even mexicans…its so much interesting
nu_veau i have to say Trinidad…every country u can think of passed thru here, and left us with gems like steelpan, carnival, and curry!
schulketravel Greece. And the locals will love to tell u all about it! 🙂
ilovebellyrubs I swear… if someone calls Texas a country, I will bite you in the jugular.
Q10. One person from history you would travel the world with?
tourist2townie Sinatra. Dinners in Rome followed by women in Paris.
ZipSetRachel Oprah, on her budget…
CravenTravels Mark Twain, a great traveler and a great drinking companion!
lightstar1013 Captain Jack Sparrow! That would be mad fun!
And that’s the week!
#TNI friends, this week I made a big announcement: I will be spending seven months in Southeast Asia, starting in just a few weeks! Here’s the full announcement.