Day 13 of the Blogtober Challenge – My dream destination

The disadvantage of the Blogtober Challenge is that I have to write to order. I don’t enjoy taking orders. I don’t enjoy it at all. At. All.

Today I have to write about my dream destination. I haven’t really wriggled with the rules yet this month but I’m going to have to today – and I don’t think that I’m going to get into too much trouble.

I’m a real home body. I dislike change and I like to be able to control my environment. That’s not to say that I don’t like to travel. I just like to stay in one place for long enough to unpack. I want to be able to linger. I want to wander streets. I want to get a feel for a place. A holiday is a holiday.

I can absolutely see why people want to laze about on beaches. I’m not as bothered by ticking off the world’s wonders anymore. I want to feel holiday…but I’m pale and, truthfully, neither my body nor my temperament cope well with very hot weather.

I need to go somewhere with temperatures in the mid 70s and a little greenery, in order to be really happy. A mix of culture, shopping and food is necessary. If I’m lazing I want a pool or good beach. Those aren’t hard and fast rules. I’m okay with having most of my demands met. Town or country isn’t important as long as there’s an opportunity to both interact with people and escape them.

But, if we’re talking about dreams, I’m thinking that I should be in fairy godmother territory so I’m going to tell you what my wishlist is – and keep it down to three, as tradition dictates.

1. San Francisco in the late 1960 / early 1970s.

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Thanks to Armistead Maupin – and an overactive imagination – I’ve dreamt this experience. Seriously. I have dreamt of it. Times of change are very freeing. There are few taboos and it’s down to the inhabitants of a community to create their own social mores. I’d like to see that process actually happening.

2. Berlin in the early 1930s.

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I have a fascination with contrast. The cabaret culture was so fashionable, yet so at odds with the slowly prevailing fascist politics that the tipping point is something that I would want to witness – were it possible.

3. Paris in the 1880s.

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I studied History of Art and I’m slowly realising that I have a taste for revolution. It would be wonderful to see works like Manet’s Déjeuner sur l’herbe as they were hung – and to hear the reactions from the first critics to see them.

There are a few other things I would like to have been able to do – dancing at Studio 54 springs to mind – but I have to nail it down and those would be my final choices.

What would your dream destinations be?

Sophie x

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13 thoughts on “Day 13 of the Blogtober Challenge – My dream destination

  1. I am so with you on the body and temperament not coping with the heat! I love the warmth but hate the sticky sweaty feeling that comes with it!
    I love your take on this topic! The idea of visiting different places in different times is incredibly appealing!!

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    1. Thank you – Mr Sophie’s Voice didn’t like it at all! I could have said Corsica – it’s as hot as I can go, has culture, food, beaches and towns and people. The thing is that I can go anytime. I want to go to somewhere impossible.

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    1. Yes. Definitely. I like the idea of a society where being ‘different’ was ‘normal’. I suppose I’m not avant garde really – but I’m interested in watching it all go on.

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  2. I love love love travel. Rome, the Sistine chapel! Florence. I have been there. Italy is beautiful. The Art is amazing!!

    But I like your going back in time dream. San Francisco was my fav American city easily and the only one, I’ve been to and could imagine living in. Mind if I jump on your time machine with you? PLEASE!!!

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  3. I’m having trouble leaving you messages. Please excuse if your getting lots, they seem to disappear.

    I love the opening of this post! Me either!

    But I love to travel. Italy is beautiful and cultural. The Sistine Chapel, Florence, Venice.

    I would LOVE To step back in time and travel too, I’ll come to San Francisco with you.
    X

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  4. Wow Sophie, you’ve outdone yourself again! I love how you have talked about the different periods you’d like to visit, not just the destinations. It would be truly wonderful to be able to see them. x

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    1. That’s very kind. I drew a bit of a blank with this one – there are just too many amazing places in the world. So I abused the word ‘dream’ a little bit!
      Sophie x

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  5. As usual, your posts take me away. Your answers are never to be expected. I assume that you are an old soul. There is something mysteriously beautiful from the old times that makes people wish they would go back to when things were simpler yet more sophisticated in a sense of culture. I am also like that. Have you watched Midnight in Paris? That movie is so relatable.

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    1. I think I was quite a solitary child. Not isolated but content to live in my head a little bit. I still like to escape sometimes.
      I don’t know about being an old soul. I think my intentions were to enjoy every experience as irresponsibly as possible. I went through a period of hedonism…but I like to watch still.

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