Monday, 2 April 2012

Virtual Vatican Visitor

Last night we were watching a documentary on the Vatican, specifically the library. Of course it’s spectacular (or they wouldn’t bother making a doc on it). Anyway, there was a lot of talk about the frescoes and fabulous books from all ages and every corner of the planet; the richness of the décor and the complexity of the sculptures and monuments. I like books. I like sculptures and monuments. But I can’t get to the Vatican right now and apparently, it’s very difficult to get a library card. So today I visited the Vatican web site and they have a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel. A V-I-R-T-U-A-L tour. The Vatican has gone from texts written on papyrus to virtual tours. The thing is, they still have the papyrus. A paper-free environment doesn't seem beneficial for a library. Not my business.

From scraps to virtual tours.......

Virtual Vatican

This put me in the mood to travel so -

I “moused it” over to London to take a tour of Buckingham Palace. I visited the Blue Drawing Room. The virtual tour had my stomach flip flopping with motion sickness. Just as well I’m sitting at my computer and not on Her Majesty’s royal carpet.

My advice - do your virtual tour slowly or
your head will spin!

Then I thought, why am I in England? Chances are good I’ll be going back London one of these days and I can look at everything right side up.

So, two minutes later, I was in Machu Picchu. Likelihood of me going there is pretty slim (never actually, unless they open a Ritz) so this one was kind of fun. It certainly is beautiful to visit if you like mountains and clouds and such.

Feeling adventurous, I zipped over to Nepal. I suppose you’ve guessed by now that I’m not going there either. It’s not that these places aren’t wonderful to see, but I’m running out of time. Once you’ve hit the big 5-0, mountain climbing and strange food starts to lose their allure. Maybe even at 40……..or 30. No, I guess I was never ready for Nepal.

Virtual Nepal

Thing is, you can pretty much see everything there is to see without leaving your computer. Imagine the people that took the “Grand Tour” in the 18th and 19th centuries coming home to “oh sure – I saw that this morning”. Sort of takes the glamour out of the travel adventure.

Having said all that, I’m still heading for New York this month. Web cams, virtual tours or not, I want to be a part of it……well, you know the rest.

Vatican Virtual Tour
Buckingham Palace Virtual Tour
Machu Picchu Virtual Tour
Nepal Virtual Tour
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  1. Okay, that's really cool!
    Sending links to my children. Me and Bubba learns 'em at home, ya know.

  2. Oldsputnick4/03/2012

    I have to confess never done a Vatican or Buckingham tour but might try one of these virtual ones. Dont suppose you found one for Fontainebleau by any chance. Just got update from Leonard's site to more dates added to Ghent gig. Paris gig is a September weekend 3 nights how tempting is that.
    Can't believe you have'nt rated any of your favoourite Paris haunts, and not sure about New York unless that's where Aznavour gig is at.
    Have fun.

  3. Leonard in Paris. Wouldn't that be spectacular! We're going to New York in a few weeks to see an exhibition at the Metropolitan (we missed this exhibition in Paris so New York, here we come)!