Free ways to explore the world whilst staying at home during lockdown

Free ways to explore the world whilst staying at home during lockdown

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!

Culture

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

Love art? The fabulous folks at Musement have created an online virtual museum to commemorate the 500th anniversary of famous Renaissance painter and architect, Raphael’s death.
You can browse Raphael’s stunning works from the comfort of your living room via the virtual museum, with details of each painting’s location, composition and the year of its creation available.  Check it out here:

Wildlife

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:

https://www.webcamtaxi.com/en/kenya/laikipia-county/african-watering-hole.html

History

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:

https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2020/03/05/truffle-malbec-and-a-13th-century-chateau-a-fairytale-stay-at-chateau-de-mercues/

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:

https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/sightseeing/london-attraction/webcams-of-london?webcam=the-shard-london-1the-shard-london-1the-shard-london-1the-shard-london-1

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Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It’s my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible.

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1 Comment

  1. March 29, 2020 / 9:12 am

    Some fantastic ideas here Binny! I’m definitely with you on the Tuscan dream!

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