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Visit The Sistine Chapel – Right Now – Free!

For some weird reason –  it just happened to come up randomly,  in a random conversation – it occurred to me the other day that I have yet to go to Rome and visit the Vatican, and see how the massive restoration of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel turned out. (I remember hearing it was a triumphant success…)

Unfortunately, my budget doesn’t have the cushion for a quick trip to Rome.

Fortunately, the Vatican has posted a “virtual tour” of the Sistine Chapel, here, and with a click of my mouse, there I am. And using direction arrows, and the ‘zoom’ feature, I can look at the masterpieces — with no crowd of fellow tourists at my elbow.

“Virtual tours” may be a familiar thing to those of you buying or selling a home, as many Realtors post them as a way for people to “look around” and shop. But there are many “tourist destinations” with these online tours as well.

For example, since I was at the Vatican, I decided to “walk” over to St. Peters (by clicking here).
It was nice to see the Pieta again. Even though it is – because there are raving lunatics amongst us – behind glass and far away..

And, since I was in Europe.. I decided to visit the Louvre (museum) in Paris (by clicking here). I discovered that I needed Apple’s QuickTime “plug in”, for that, which I will not install on one of my machines (Apple programs are almost as hacker-vulnerable [aka “exploited”] as Adobe is) so I could not view the Tutankhamun and his Successors exhibit, in the Egyptian antiquities gallery.. but you can, just click the link.

Is there a place you would like to see, but there isn’t cushion in your budget at the moment? Use the search term “virtual tour”+__________, filling in the blank with your destination, and see if there isn’t an online tour available. Odds are good there is. And while a “virtual tour” may not be as good as the Real Deal, they do have the distinct advantage of being free.
And you don’t have to have any inoculations to ‘go there’.

Have fun!

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May 5, 2011 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet | , , , , , , | 4 Comments