I have been fortunate enough to travel to many wonderful places. Whether it’s taking the ferry to Dutch Harbor, Alaska on the Aleutian Chain, or seeing Shakespeare’s Globe in London, much of my bucket list has already been checked off. But I would like to have a fantasy vacation, too.
I am taking the phrase “fantasy vacation” literally here—why confine ourselves to reality? My fantasy vacation would be with tour guide William Shakespeare.
We’d start in Stratford-Upon-Avon, where he’d show me around his hometown. He’d give an intimate tour of the places he lived in and frequented, and I’d meet Anne Hathaway (and see if they loved each other dearly—I’ve always wondered). And they’d introduce me to their three kids, too!
Then we’d go down to London. Shakespeare would give me a working tour of the Globe Theatre, including at least one rehearsal and a performance of one of his plays.—I have so many favorites that I’d let him pick one. None of them would disappoint me.—I’d sit back to watch and soak up all the gossip from the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (or the King’s Men if that’s the period we were in). Maybe a Renaissance colleague like Kit Marlowe or Ben Jonson would stop by.
Plus, I’d ask Shakespeare all the questions I’ve been pondering for years. What was his favorite play and why? Did he ever think those poems and plays might be preserved and enjoyed after his life? And why did he leave Anne “the second best bed” in his will?
I know I can’t really go on my fantasy vacation. But it’s fun to imagine, isn’t it?!
Lynn Lovegreen has lived in Alaska for almost fifty years. She taught for twenty years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys her friends and family, reading, and volunteering at her local library. Her young adult/new adult historical romances are set in Alaska, a great place for drama, romance, and independent characters. See her website at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest.