I've been to many cities year. Hong Kong. Corpus Christi. Orlando. Venice. New York. Looking through my dad's pictures I see that he's also been to these places. We just missed each other by about four decades.
One of my favorite possessions is a picture of him feeding pigeons at Piazza San Marco, Venice. When I went with my mom five years ago, all I could think about was that we were standing where he once stood. We were marveling buildings and shooing pigeons just at different moments in time. I visited Venice again last fall and it should have occurred to me to replicate his photos frame by frame. Since most tourists take the same pictures anyway, I came pretty close.
It's not everyday that I go to Hiroshima or Rome. But now when I travel, I'm going to replicate my parents' photos.
Time Travel Experiment #1: Washington Square Park, New York
Present: I visited New York in April, 2010.
Past: My dad (far right) studied at NYU in the early 70's. Not sure who the couple is next to him.
Report: The fountain in the park was in the process of being relocated but otherwise the other landmarks were the mostly same. The streetlamp had been updated to a triple light and the apartment building behind the Arc still stood.