Northern Lights, Giant Pandas, the Louvre, Great Wall of China
Regardless of why you’re “tucked in” at home this month, the world-at-large is much closer than you ever imagined. Far-flung corners of the planet have opened their wonders to your living room through free livestreams and virtual tours, accessible from your computer or cell phone. Here’s a handful of the brightest and best from nature, art, history and the animal kingdom.
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
Most of us only dream of nature’s glory sweeping the skies in the breathtaking Aurora Borealis. Now, thanks to our neighbors in Manitoba, Canada, you can be right there. Watch and wait in real time while a webcam brushstrokes this natural phenomenon across your screen in real time. The cam perches just beneath the aurora oval, known as the prime spot for viewing the Northern Lights, especially during early spring and late winter as magnetic field of the earth interact with solar-charged particles.
The Louvre and Musée d’Orsay
Paris may not be in the stars for you this year, but its most precious collections of art certainly are. For no admission fee, you can tour sacred Paris galleries harboring priceless art collections from master artists of the world. Take a virtual walk through Musée d’Orsay for up-close and personal views of French artists of the late 19th century, including Monet, Degas, Gauguin and Cézanne.
With this virtual tour of The Louvre, you get a no-crowd stroll through special collections such as Egyptians Antiquities, which houses treasures from the Pharaonic period. You’ll also get to virtually step inside the Louvre’s Petite Galerie to see The Advent of the Artist exhibition featuring original works of Rembrandt, Tintoretto and Delacroix.
Smithsonian Giant Panda Cam
Ever wondered what happens at a zoo when nobody’s looking? Here’s the ultimate “after hours” peek at the Smithsonian National Zoo’s favorite residents: Tian TIan and Mei Xiang. That’s right, it’s the renowned duo of cuddly giant pandas that steal hearts each and every day. When you can’t get there in person, just hang out with each one via live webcams at the Smithsonian. A tab at the top of the video camera lets you toggle between Panda Cam 1 and Panda Cam 2 to watch them sleeping, eating, climbing rocks or dangling from trees.
Virtual Hiking on the Great Wall of China
Spanning more than 3,000 miles and thousands of years of ancient history, the Great Wall of China more than earns its designation as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Unless it’s on your “someday” bucket list, this may be your only chance to walk the wall in a step-by-step journey. This virtual hike lets you footfall on the well-preserved stretch spanning 6.5 miles from Jinshanling to Simatai. They do ask for a small donation, but it’s well worth the couple of bucks for stepping into history in such a poignant way.
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