Two weekends ago I visited Tjolöholm Castle in Hallands Län, Sweden. We didn’t get to go inside, because they were hosting a wedding that day, but I didn’t even mind.
And even though it rained and was windy, I was perfectly content to walk around the outside of the building—simply appreciating the surroundings and wondering what it would have been like to actually live there.
Do you ever do that? Wonder what it would have been like to live during previous time periods?
I do. I love imagining what people’s lives looked like in the past.
I love history. It was always my favorite subject in school. I love learning about significant events and the people who shaped the world we now live in.
I also enjoy contemplating the ways people spent their days—the royals and leaders, of course, but also everyone else.
This is probably why I love period television shows like The Crown and Victoria, and why I fell in love with Jane Austin. It’s also likely why I sometimes sit and wonder what it would have been like to live in the time of Shakespeare, or Thoreau and Emerson.
I’m enchanted by the past—by a world that somehow feels familiar, yet one I cannot see.
My musings, though, are undoubtedly tinted with an incomplete, idyllic romanticism—with ideas of wonder and beauty and simplicity that probably didn’t feel so wondrous at the time in which people lived them.
What seems incredible to me in the here and now, probably felt quite normal, mundane, and unexceptional.
The truth is that people in the past probably lived much as we do now—with the same types of thoughts, concerns, and reflections that we feel; the similar desperate inner yearnings, longings, and questionings.
Of course, the details differ and the specificities of the experiences vary, but I can’t help believing that the general underlying emotions people felt were the same as we do now.
I think there’s an inherent human experience—in the way we perceive and experience the world around us—that transcends the boundaries of time and space.
Anyway, so as we walked around the castle that Sunday afternoon, I couldn’t help wondering what it would have been like to walk out of those castle doors and see the view that captivated me—the luscious greens and the softness of the sea.
With that, here are a series of photos I took from that day.
1. Do you ever think about what it was like to live in the past?
2. Are you enchanted by nature or history?
3. What are your favorite period television shows?
Leave a comment and let me know!