Archive for 2020

I would love to be out on my bike right now. I can go on a short ride around where I live which is ok, but the bike trails near me are too crowded and not really in the spirit of social distancing. So I am going to settle for  a virtual bike ride – like this one I found on YouTube.

This is one of the coolest things I have found related to this nasty pandemic, The Art of Quarantine. The Art of Quarantine is the brainchild of two very creative people, Jeff Roy and Drake Paul, where they reimagine some of the world most iconic paintings for the age of social distancing – and it is bloody brilliant.

About The Art of Quarantine:

“We’re both living and working in the Bay Area, which was the first part of the country to shut down and ask people to to self-quarantine to slow the spread of COVID-19. While we were home, we were trying to think of a way that we could do our part to help flatten the curve and get people to see how important it is to stay home. And since we went to ad school instead of medical school, this is how we tried to spread the message.”

Check out The Art of .Quarantine.

OK, so yeah, I really wish I could be in London right now. Well, London without the effects of this nasty pandemic. One place I have never visited – other than outside – is the seat of the United Kingdom’s government – the Houses of Parliament. It will probably be a while before I will get to do that – so this virtual tour of this grand palace of democracy will have to do for now.

Take a virtual tour of London’s Houses of Parliament here.

 

Staying in London for my virtual tour – today we explore the great National Gallery – the iconic anchor of Trafalgar Square and home to more than 2,300 masterpieces. I have spent many an hour in the Gallery on my trips to London over the years, slipping in often to kill time between a West End matinee and evening show. Now I can take some time to relax and take a virtual tour of the Gallery’s collection right from my own home.

Take a virtual tour of London’s National Gallery here.

Visit the National Gallery online here.

No post today – I’m off to do one of my favorite things – see a movie at a theater!

Were it not for this pesky pandemic, I would be in the process of packing for my annual April vacation – and this year is was going be back to London, Bruge and Amsterdam. But, of course that is not going to work out. At least I will be saving money, and I am not going to miss anything, as everything over there is closed too. Meanwhile, I am taking advantage of all the great online resources, like the virtual tour of one the world’s greatest collections – The British Museum in London.

About The British Museum:

“The British Museum is unique in bringing together under one roof the cultures of the world, spanning continents and oceans. No other museum is responsible for collections of the same depth and breadth, beauty and significance. Its eight million objects allow us to explore the extraordinary diversity of human cultures, from small communities to vast empires, to discover the many forms and expressions human beings have given to every aspect of life, and to realise how closely they are interconnected.”

Check out he virtual tour of The British Museum here.

Visit The British Museum online here.

This week I will continue to suggest some virtual tours we can tale while we are trying to flatten the curve. I am starting with one that totally captivated me – a collection of clips from New York City in 1911 – restored and respectfully colorized. I just love it!

If you have never seen the majesty of Arizona’s Grand Canyon in person, it hard to imagine just how amazing it is – even though photographs of the natural wonder can be spectacular. Some have commented over the years that looking over the canyon can be underwhelming, I assure you it is as amazing as it is grand. It may be a while before you can travel to see the Grand Canyon, but this virtual tour may hold you over until you get there.

About the virtual tour of the Grand Canyon:

“There are plenty of pictures of the famed canyon online, but get a little deeper with a VR archaeological tour. This allows armchair travellers to explore and learn more about the history behind the canyon’s formation by clicking on different geological features.”

Start your tour of the Grand Canyon here.

nps.gov/features/grca/001/archeology

Oh, to be able to hit New York City right now, see some shows, do some shopping, and take a stroll through Central Park. There are plenty of Broadway shows streaming online, and you can certainly do some shopping from your phone. However, the stroll may be a little more challenge. Well, it just got easier now that I found this virtual tour of Central Park.

About the virtual tour of Central Park:

“NYC’s green centrepiece is available to tour online. Not only does it show you the sites, it also comes with a guide who talks you through significant events in Central Park’s history as you “travel” from the West 72nd entrance.”

Start your tour of Central Park here.

During virtual tour week, I have to point out that the best way to travel virtually anywhere is still reading a good book. If the book is also about travel, and is a nonfictional account of a time in the life of one of literature’s greatest figures, then I say it’s a home run. Which is why I highly recommend The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery by Agatha Christie – edited by Ms. Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard.

About The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery by Agatha Christie:

“Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. In this fascinating travelogue of the prolific author’s yearlong trip around the British Empire in 1922, Christie provides the clues to the origins of the plots and locales of some of her bestselling mystery novels. Containing never-before-published letters and photos from her travels, and filled with intriguing details about the exotic locations she visited, The Grand Tour is a must-have for Agatha Christie fans, revealing an unexpected side to the world’s most renowned mystery writer.”

The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery by Agatha Christie is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everwhere.

https://www.amazon.com/Grand-Tour-Around-World-Mystery/dp/006219125X/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=the+grand+tour&qid=1584915797&s=books&sr=1-5