There's a wonderful cultural opportunity going on right now. Imagine travelling to your favourite (or new favourite) destination, exploring the museum for free, and eating out at a beautiful restaurant afterwards. We can pull off a fair amount of that from the comfort of our own homes thanks to Google and a few websites.
With many of the world's most famous museums, landmarks, and locations are now available on Google street view so you can explore inside the museums like never before. I "visited" Paris today, starting with the Musee d'Orsay. It's a is a beautiful building in its own right as well as being home to some fabulous works of art. You can wander around either by clicking the mouse to indicate the direction you wish to head next or scroll through the thumbnails of art at the bottom the page and go directly to works that interest you. It's completely amazing. I recommend checking out By the Table, which is a lesser-known work (compared to the Van Gogh pieces here) and is just as brilliant. You can read about the art and its significance. There's an exhibition online right now "From Station to the Renovated Musee d'Orsay", which talks about the history of the building itself. After that, I "wandered" the streets of Paris themselves thanks to Curio-cite, which has curated tours from photographers, tour groups, and other contributors. Interested in street art? Look for "Underground Paris - Street Art #2".
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