Virtual Tours

Virtual Tour – Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

One of the great things about living in Southwestern Ontario is that we have a world-class museum only a few hours drive away. I have been to the Royal Ontario Museum (or ROM) many times myself and always get so caught up in some of the exhibits that I end up rushing through the rest before they close for the day! And sometimes, it isn’t even the exhibits that get my attention, but the architecture of the building, the melding of old-world style building and ultra-modern pyramid-shaped additions. I hope you enjoy this virtual tour of one of the true gems of Ontario!

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Virtual Tour – Luxembourg Gardens

Located in the heart of the Left Bank, Luxembourg Gardens is a 60-acre park known for its extraordinary public amenities, including fountains, sculpture, ponds, flowerbeds, tennis courts, pony rides, a marionette theatre, playgrounds, food kiosks and open-air cafés.

The Gardens came about as a result of Henri IV’s assassination in 1610. His wife, Marie de Medici, could not continue living in the Louvre with his memory. She had the Palais du Luxembourg and the surrounding gardens built to replicate her childhood home, Florence’s Palazzo Pitti.

The Gardens were completed in 1625, but did not reach their present dimensions until 1790. The park has been open to the public since the 17th century. The construction of nearby streets and avenues during the Second Empire reduced its size, but not its general appearance.

Some of the Gardens’ more notable features include the Medici Fountain, erected in 1861, and a bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty.

Video via Prowalk Tours

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Virtual Tour – Halifax, Nova Scotia

One of Canada’s most iconic, yet laid back cities, Halifax, Nova Scotia manages to be picturesque and modern at the same time. The largest city in Atlantic Canada, Halifax was established in 1749 and currently boasts a population of nearly 450,000 people. With a strong military and maritime tradition, several universities, Halifax is one of the cultural jewels of Canada.

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Virtual Tour – Positano on the Amalfi Coast

Today’s virtual tour takes us to the beautiful Amalfi Coast – specifically to Positano, Italy. This iconic seaside city became a popular tourist destination after John Steinbeck wrote an essay on it in Harper’s Bazaar in 1953. The beautiful vistas have kept people coming back. Join Prowalk Tours as they walk down through the city to the beach area on a gorgeous Tuscan evening.

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Virtual Tour – Notre Dame Cathedral

Today’s virtual tour takes us in and around the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Filmed only weeks before the devastating fire in 2019, follow Shawn up to the top of the South Tower, look at the stunning stained glass windows, and even catch a peek at a Mass being held inside, because Notre Dame isn’t just Paris’s most visited landmark, but also still holds regular church services.

Video via AdventureShawn

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Virtual Tour – Ruins of Pompeii Part 3

As promised, we are back with Part 3 of our virtual tour of Pompeii, Italy. You can find Part 1 of the virtual tour here and Part 2 here.

As I said in the introduction for Part 1, I have always been fascinated by the story of Pompeii, about the residents who ignored the warning signs that nearby Mount Vesuvius was going to erupt, about the city buried under ash when the volcano blew, about the archeological discoveries made there and what it tells us about what life was like 2000 years ago. I was even fortunate enough to be able to visit the Royal Ontario Museum several years ago during their ROMpeii exhibit and see many of the artifacts recovered and preserved in person.

Walking the ruins is on my bucket list. Until then, I have to be satisfied with living vicariously through virtual tours like this. Come with me as we explore the Forum Baths, see some of the body plaster casts of some of the victims, the Herculaneum Gate, and several houses.

Video via Prowalk Tours

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Virtual Tour – Tower of London

Today’s virtual tour takes us to merry, old England, where we are going on a tour of the Tower of London. Until just a few years ago, I had thought that the Tower of London was just that – a medieval tower, used as a jail to house criminals and enemies of the state until their release. Or their execution. You could have knocked me down with a feather when I found out that the Tower was much more. It is an entire complex that served not only as a jail for highborn troublemakers, but it was also the royal palace for more than 500 years. The grounds housed a menagerie of exotic animals and the public could pay an admission fee to tour the zoo. Built to celebrate the Norman conquest of Britain, the Tower of London began construction in 1066 and today is one of the most visited tourist attractions in London.

Video via Renata Pereira

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Virtual Tour – Angkor Wat

Angkor what? Though the name may not be familiar to you, you will most likely recognize Angkor Wat. Built between 1113 and 1150 in northwest Cambodia, Angkor Wat was a temple complex originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, but converted to a Buddhist temple by the end of that century. When it was officially designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1992, tourism to Angkor Wat had just over 7,000 visitors a year. It has since skyrocketed to more than two and a half million visitors each year.

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Virtual Tour – Eiffel Tower

Today’s virtual tour takes us to one of the most iconic tourist attractions in the world – the Eiffel Tower. Situated in the centre of Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower was built near the banks of the Seine River for the 1889 World’s Fair. Designed by and named after Gustave Eiffel, la dame de fer or Iron Lady, as she is known locally, is the most visited paid tourist attraction in the world, welcoming nearly 7 million visitors each year. More than 130 years later, the tower is still the tallest structure in Paris, providing sweeping views of the city.

Make sure you turn on the Closed Captions to get interesting tidbits of information during the tour – like the fact that the architect made an apartment for himself at the top of the tower! Could you imagine waking up to panoramic views of the Paris skyline every morning?! You can turn on the Closed Captions by clicking on the black button with the letters “CC” in white. This is usually located on the bottom right of the video itself.

Let us know what you think of today’s virtual tour in the comments and, as always, if there is a place you would like us to feature on an upcoming Virtual Tour post, please email us at wallaceburgadultactivitycentre@gmail.com.

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Virtual Tour – Ruins of Pompeii Part 2

Last week, we toured the ancient ruins of Pompeii, which was buried under 6 metres of volcanic ash, preserving the city as it was nearly 2000 Today we are back at Pompeii for another walk through the ruins. This time, we will be venturing through the Forum, where we will see some of the granaries that have provided archeologists with much of their information on daily life in ancient Rome. We will then visit the Basilica, one of the cities brothels, and the Temple of Jupiter, along with many other sites. I didn’t realize when I first found these two tours of Pompeii that there was a third one! I’ll give it a break for a couple of weeks to bring you some other great sites, but make sure you come back at the end of June for Part 3!

Video via Prowalk Tours

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Virtual Tour – Ruins of Pompeii Part 1

Today’s virtual tour takes us to one of the most fascinating historical sites in the world today, Pompeii. Pompeii is one of the best known ancient cities on Europe. Located near current-day Naples, Italy, Pompeii was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. The eruption killed between 1500 and 2000 of the city’s 15,000 residents. The entire city was buried under 6 metres of ash and rock. Excavation of the city began sporadically in the 1800s. Pompeii has been a tourist attraction for more than 250 years. It was even considered to be part of the “Grand Tour” that young English aristocrats would take on the continent before settling down. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and welcomes two and a half million people annually. This video will take us from the main entrance to the Marine Gate, the Forum, and the Temple of Genius Augusti and the original marketplace, call the Macellum.

Come back next week for Part 2, where we will visit the Basillica, one of the cities brothels, and the Temple of Jupiter.

Video via Prowalk Tours

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Virtual Tour – Edinburgh Castle

Today is my birthday, so I’m posting about a place I have always wanted to visit – Edinburgh Castle. I, like many people in Chatham-Kent can claim Scottish ancestry. In fact, Wallaceburg is named after the Scottish hero, William Wallace. I have always wanted to explore my heritage, so these virtual tours are a great way to do that until we can travel again. Come with my on this tour of one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks – and keep an eye out for the statue of our town’s eponym! 

Video via AdventureShawn

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Virtual Tour – New Orleans’ French Quarter

One of the places that I have always wanted to visit was the French Quarter of New Orleans. Between the history, the food, the music, and the atmosphere, who wouldn’t want to go there? And since we can’t go there in person, lets take a virtual tour together of one of the oldest cities in North America.

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Virtual Tour – Sydney, Australia

Today’s virtual tour takes us down under to beautiful Sydney, Australia. We all know about the Sydney Opera House dominating the city’s skyline, but there is so much more to the city than just that. “Sydney affectionately shelters its dazzling harbour and lives up to visitors’ high expectations. Undeniably cosmopolitan, and definitely striking, Australia’s largest city and the capital of New South Wales might be best known for its majestic Opera House and iconic Harbour Bridge, but it has so much more to discover including Luna Park, the wood wrapped Exchange, Darling Harbour, and much, much more.”

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Virtual Tour – Ruins of Pompeii, Pt 2

Last week we started our tour of Pompeii, the ancient Roman city that was buried under 6 metres of ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Today we continue our walk among the ruins, starting at the Forum. We will also see the oldest public building in Pompeii, the Basilica. Next we will walk through one of the most popular attractions at Pompeii, the brothel Lupanar, where we can see erotic paintings and the original beds. Finally we walk back to the Forum and end at the Temple of Jupiter.

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Virtual Tour – Barcelona

Today’s virtual tour is a guiding walking tour of beautiful Barcelona, Spain. Get to know Barcelona with its beautiful sights all over the city. Marvel at the wonderful beaches with great views on the sea and explore well-known sights of the city, such as the Venetian Towers or the Sagrada Familia. Get the chance to see the Montjuic, where the Olympic Games once took place, and enjoy marvelous views on the skyline of the city. On your tour, you will hear interesting information about all these places. This tour is from Virtual Fitness TV and is designed for those who want to simulate a real walk from their treadmill at home. That’s why there is a step counter in the bottom corner. But that doesn’t mean you need to have a treadmill to watch this wonderful tour. Go ahead, put your feet up on your couch and let someone else do the walking for you!

Video via World Nature Video

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Virtual Tour – Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Today’s video is longer than normal, at 42 minutes, but it is so stunning, I had to post it. In today’s video, we will take a virtual walking tour to Croatia and discover the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Plitvice Lakes is one of the most unique places to visit in Croatia. Walk along boardwalks suspended over crystal-clear water and enjoy the amazing nature scenery and soothing sounds. Enjoy a scenic walk around turquoise Plitvice Lakes and explore the countless cascades, picturesque waterfalls, amazing rock formations, and fascinating plants. The water is so clear that you can see plenty of fish swimming on the bottom!

Enjoy the tranquil ambiance of this place, listen to relaxing nature sounds, and let this amazing 4K virtual walk fill your day with harmony. Imagine yourself walking here and enjoying your day… Behold the numerous cascading lakes, explore different hiking trail of Plitvice Lakes Natural Park, unplug and reunite with nature. Nature is so pristine and inviting! Take in every minute being in nature and relax! Listen to the soothing and relaxing sounds of the waterfalls and immerse yourself in the beauty of Croatian nature!

Video via 4K Relaxation Channel

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Virtual Tour – Ottawa

The Canadian capital is home to about 1 million people, numerous colleges and universities, research and cultural institutions, and many national museums. It is also the heart of Canadian politics, where our iconic Parliament Hill nestles up to the Ottawa River.

Join Ottawalks as they journey through Canada’s capital city at night. See Parliament lit up, the bustling night life at Byward Market, and many other popular sites by the glow of the city lights.

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Virtual Tour – Vatican City

Today is Good Friday, so what better place to tour today than Vatican City? Most people either aren’t aware or tend to forget the fact that the Vatican is its own country, and not part of Italy. Vatican City covers just 121 acres and has a population of 825 people, making it the smallest country in both size and population. But it is also one of the richest and most powerful countries on earth, a place with a rich history and that has some of the biggest collections of art in the history of mankind. Journey through the Vatican’s main attractions including the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica (including the rooftop of the basilica), the Vatican museums, and enjoy the history and the most famous pieces of art of this unique country.

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Virtual Tour – Rome

They say that in ancient times, all roads lead to Rome. As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, the saying still holds true. Follow along as this tour takes you through a city that has been around for 2800 years. Follow the path beside the Tiber River or along the Ancient Roads and enjoy glimpses of some of the most famous sites in the world, like the Palazzo di Guistizia, Castel Sant-Angelo, and the Coliseum.

This video from Treadmill TV is designed specifically for viewers to watch while walking on their treadmills at home. If you have a treadmill, hop on and watch this beautiful tour of Rome. No treadmill? No problem! You can still enjoy this beautiful, ancient city from your couch or computer chair!

Video via Treadmill TV

As always, if there is a specific city or site that you want to have a virtual tour of, just let us know and we will do what we can to make it happen!