At present we are all stuck indoors, our ability to travel drastically reduced for the time being, but the great news is that we can still explore the world…albeit from the comfort of our armchairs, through books, blogs, live streams and live cams! Whether you are a history buff, culture vulture, wildlife lover or a foodie, there is something for everyone!
So cosy up and discover highlights around the world with me from the comfort of your home!
First up we are heading to New York for a little bit of a cultural fix. The Metropolitan Opera have a Nightly Opera Stream which is absolutely amazing! Watch it here: Nightly Opera Stream
Whilst we are virtually in New York can even check out a live cam of Times Square here: https://www.earthcam.com/cams/newyork/timessquare/?cam=tsstreet
Never had I wanted to visit Tuscany and buy a rural Tuscan villa more than when I read Frances Mayes ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ about finding out her husband is cheating on her from a writer whom she gave a bad review, and then going into depression. In an attempt to rise from it, she is encouraged by her best friend to take a tour of Italy, during which on a whim she decided to decides to buy a rural Tuscan villa. While my husband isn’t cheating on me, it is the descriptions in the book that had me intrigued about the Tuscan countryside and when I arrived myself eventually (without the funds to buy a villa sadly), it was just as described and blew me away!
Read about Tuscany here:Things to do in Tuscany
Wildlife lovers head to The Explore.org camera traps — the world’s largest network of live nature cams with raw and unedited footage. There are so many streams to explore our planet’s diverse landscapes.
Ever wanted to go Whale Watching? This is for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltQsHGheCJQ&feature=youtu.be
African safari? Check out:
Always wanted to visit The Vatican? Why not look at it virtually for now with their virtual tour and see some of the world’s most notable works of Roman-era sculpture and Renaissance art.Through high definition 360-degree photography you can explore the chapel’s painted frescoes and elaborate vaulted ceiling, featuring its pièce de résistance, Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam.
Food and Drink
Read all about Truffle Hunting in France on my blog here:
Learn all about the history of Japanese Food by exploring a bento box of mouth-watering facts about Japan’s iconic cuisine. More here: https://artsandculture.google.com/story/vAVBze4XARcz7g
Read all about Hamburg’s Coffee History here: https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2019/12/01/on-the-coffee-trail-in-hamburg/
Learn how to make cocktails at home here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6GV_vRlIIA
Virtually Staycation in London
Every Thursday the National Theatre are streaming a show free! http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/
See London from different live webcams from several landmarks and points of interest, including The Shard here: