Posted by: Bob Fisher | May 14, 2009

Historical and Heritage Travel: Journeys Through Time

Past, present, and future: the enduring frame of reference

“The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” — Aldous Huxley

“Maintaining the integrity of culture is not an act of sentimentality; it’s not an act of nostalgia, it’s much more than an act of human rights. It’s about maintaining the integrity of civilization itself.” — National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis

Time, the stuff that life is made of

When we explore historical and heritage sites, we become in effect time travellers; searching for and discovering new perspectives that allow us to understand the human community in a broader, enhanced context. Rare are the destinations in which history and heritage do not play a critical role.

And when we engage in such travel, we are exploring universal cultural phenomena, which heightens our understanding of human society and its distinct local, regional, or national character.

Through travel therefore, we can advance the cause of intercultural understanding and peace.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE HISTORICAL OR HERITAGE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?

Share your recommended…

(a) DESTINATION,
(b) SITE
(c) EVENT
(d) INSTITUTION

… with the members of the Philosophical Traveller’s global virtual community.

Send us a message. Tell us about it. If possible, please include a website. Send your message to: bob@bobfisher.ca

Below are some of my favourite historical or heritage travel experiences. Each of these can be located by copying the title into the search engine on this page.

THE AMERICAS

The Civil Rights Institute of Albany, Georgia: Footsteps to Freedom

Houma! America’s Wetland, Cajun Sensibilities … and Doing What Comes Naturally

The Hands of Juan Quezada

Chattahoochee Melody

The Quiet Hands and Mind of Dora Tse-Pe: Matrilineal Potter

Architectural Travel: Montréal à la mode

The Siksika Nation of Alberta: Self-determination, Cultural Affirmation, Land, and Time

Hampton, Virginia: The Quiet Epicenter of American History

Winnipeg: Light and Enlightenment on the Canadian Prairie

Boise, Idaho: Artful Urban Design … and People Who Give a Damn

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art: The Resilience of Culture in the American South

Mexican Mennonites, Canadian Connections

Travelosophy Celebrates Québec’s 400th Anniversary

The Culture and Heritage Institute: Diversity and an Engaging

Worldview: First Peoples, First Principles

A Wright Moment in North Carolina

EUROPE AND BRITAIN

Make Yourself at Home in North East England — and Transcend Time

Bordeaux: A Second Golden Age

A French Château in North East England

Montpellier, France: Paris Without the Pressure

Karlovy Vary: Through A Lens Obliquely

The Slovenia Tourist Farms: Integrated, Authentic, and Land-based

Alpujarra Pura: Hill Towns of Andalusia

York: Where the Yew Trees Grow

Cultural Emergency Response: Preserving Human Heritage

The Commerce of Art — and Maastricht’s European Fine Art Fair

Common Sense and Humanism in the Auvergne

ASIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA, AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Rain in Hiroshima

Cairo: A Singular State of Mind

The Silence and Serenity of Wadi Rum

Intricate Malaysia: An Artful Work in Progress

A Glimpse of the Chrysanthemum Throne

Cultured Amman

The Japanese Reverence For Nature

SOUTH PACIFIC

The Sweet Sound of Doubtful

Exploring the World of Indigenous Peoples, with Graham Simmons

GLOBAL

Worldview: Remembering the Person in the Place

The Engaging World of Voluntourism, with Joyce Major

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