Can you believe it? It’s over a year since our last coach tour when we traveled to Kublai Khan’s Summer Palace during the visit of Marco Polo. That was such fun!
But time doesn’t really matter when you own a time-traveling bus.
“Today we are going to visit Mister Contentious in Pisa in January 1610,” I announce.
There are whoops from many of the passengers who immediately realise that our host will be none other than the great Galileo Galiliei. I expected that Eloise, Hugh, Geoff, Erika, Ali and Sacha would be happy, but I hadn’t expected such widespread approval of my choice of destination.
Within seconds of our departure from Victoria Bus Station in London, our coach is pulling to a halt in the small room of Galileo.
Galileo and Viviani
“Benvenuti amici della Lance! I am so pleased that you arrived this evening. I am so excited! I have just spotted what I believe to be the fourth moon of Jupiter. It is amazing. Many people, especially religious leaders, still refuse to accept that the Earth and other planets orbit around our sun, yet, in the last two weeks I have discovered FOUR moons revolving around that huge planet. There could be even more.”
Many of us are gasping for air, realising that we have arrived right in the middle of one of the most momentous moments in history.
Calm Sheila quietly whispers into the great man’s ear. “In our time, we know of perhaps sixty-seven moons of Jupiter.”
“Sessanta sette. Megagalatica! I have much more work to complete.”
“Please don’t neglect your work in the field of gravity,” pleads Lucy, who works in a great English university and knows much of the seriousness of gravity.
Jupiter’s Galilean Moons
The time tourists are getting over-excited and risk upsetting some of the historic artifacts in the tiny, over-crowded room. Typically, Howard rescues the situation by producing his five-stringed guitar and striking up a ‘sixties classic. Within seconds, everybody is singing along in almost perfect harmony to Bob Dylan’s “Blowing in the Wind.” The great man likes it. And so do Sherry, Barb, Tess, David, Sheila, Yvonne, Olga, Kathryn and Colleen.
A few of my tourists excuse themselves, assuring me that they will be back in time to board the return bus. Victo Dolore, Jennifer, Kamal, Marissa, Karin and Chuck head off to visit the historic leaning tower.
All too soon, it is time to head back to twenty-first century London. It has been a truly cosmic trip. We all look forward to the next one.
There were many other bloggers who were on this trip who were not mentioned in my report. The following people shared the fun of our wonderful trip to early seventeenth century Italy:
Donna, David, Alka, Francis, Ane, Lia, Itchy Quill, Dominique, Beth, Krissy, Nydia, Carrie, Alka, Deborah, Almost Welsh Sarah, Janet, Erika, Wendy Kate, Sally, Tooty Nolan, The Owl Lady, The Crazy Bag Lady, Carol, CC, Bec, Sassycare, Jo, Jane, Diana, Heartafire, Simple Head Girl, Barbara, Nydia, Carrie, Bec, Jason, Sassy, Amber, Steve, Allison, Vonita, Julz, Faraday’s Candle Sisters, Fiona, Ordinary Wife, Lili, Bridgette, Nunziapier, Izma, Meredith, Charise,
Boikanyo, Razorback, Marianne, Cindy.
Previous Seven Coach Tours:
- Stonehenge during its construction: meeting the foreman
- 1920’s New Orleans
- Macedonia in 338 BC to meet Aristotle and the young Prince Alexander (the Great)
- Syracuse in the mid-third century BC to meet Archimedes
- Vienna in 1801 to meet Ludwig van Beethoven
- First Century AD Britain to visit Queen Boudica on the eve of a great battle
- Kublai Khan’s Summer Palace during visit of Marco Polo