Why not enjoy a virtual reality tour of Boston
December 30th, 2014
One of the greatest cities in New England, Boston is famous as a historic destination and also for the culture and sporting history that the residents of the city share with their visitors. With a lovely waterfront area and plenty of old buildings showing the history of the city as one of the first colonial ports of arrival during the growth of the United States, taking a virtual tour of Boston’s sights is a very interesting experience. The fact that these sights are recreated in cinematic virtual reality help to ensure that it is a remarkable experience that conveys much of the history and atmosphere of the city.
The Cultural Hotbed Of Jamaica Plain
This beautiful and interesting area of the city is well known for its cultural diversity, as well as being home of the Samuel Adams Brewery, which is one of the most interesting in the country. The virtual reality tour of Boston will feature much of the natural wonders of Jamaica Plain, which includes the Jamaica Pond, which is a lovely green area with a network of paths, and the Arnold Arboretum which has thousands of trees. Seeing Center Street is a feast for the eyes, with many of the cultural identities being represented in the stores and retailers along the street.
Explore The Waterfront District Of South Boston
While South Boston was traditionally an Irish working class area of the city which was quite parochial with a strong sense of community, there have been some changes in the seafront district over recent years. The building of the Institute of Contemporary Art near the seafront has led to a gentrification of the area, with the Modernist design beautifully captured by the virtual tour’s cinematic virtual reality. The beaches and seafront of South Boston are also pleasant areas to explore, while the annual St Patrick’s Day parade here is one of the biggest in the world.
Visit The USS Constitution
At the end of Boston’s Freedom Trail, the USS Constitution is a ship that was once a key part of the War of 1812 in which the United States finally achieved their freedom from the British. The ship was named by George Washington himself in 1797, and is the oldest commissioned Navy ship that is still afloat, as well as being beautifully recreated by the virtual tour of Boston city center. Seeing this ship at Pier 1 of the Charleston Navy Yard is still a very impressive sight.
See The Sporting Legacy Of Fenway Park
One of the most important parts of the culture of Boston is their love affair with sport, and when it comes to baseball, Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark among the Major League Baseball venues. First opened in 1912, Fenway Park has hosted ten World Series events, of which five of these have been won by the Boston Red Sox. The cinematic virtual reality of the tour really helps to convey the amazing atmosphere when this arena is in full swing.
Explore historic Athens with a virtual reality tour
December 30th, 2014
One of the most amazing cities in Europe is Athens, the capital of the modern nation of Greece which also has a colorful and varied history dating back thousands of years. While the sights of the city are truly impressive with some amazing ancient buildings and beautiful gardens, seeing these can be a case of joining a throng of visitors, but if you take a virtual reality tour of Athens, you can enjoy them all from the comfort of your home. There have been people living and working in the area around the historic center for at least five thousand years, making the city a fascinating place to explore.
While it can be difficult to match the experience of seeing the Acropolis up close and personal, the amazing historic center of the city is replicated in cinematic virtual reality that brings the viewer right into the location. The columns and spectacular surroundings of the area has drawn visitors for centuries, and the views from the Acropolis over the rest of the city really help to show what a special area this is. There are several historic buildings that make up the complex which is widely acclaimed as the birthplace of modern culture and civilization, and it is no surprise that it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While the Acropolis may be the historic heart of the city, it is the vibrant regenerated area of Omonia which holds the pulse of the city, where many of the city’s university students reside. A virtual tour of Athens city center will also take in the National Archeological museum, which is also based in this part of the city. The area is also reproduced in lovely cinematic virtual reality, which gives virtual visitors a real flavor of the modern city, with its cafes, boutiques and charming shopping areas.
The National Gardens Of Greece
At the heart of Athens, the National Gardens of Greece are an island of natural beauty in this huge bustling city, and even seeing the site as a part of the virtual tour of Athens city provides a respite from the busy center. The garden was first commissioned in the mid nineteenth century by the Queen of Greece at the time, and has been open to the public for nearly a century. The rows of trees and the wonderfully manicured areas of the city help to make this a lovely place to see, with the gardens interspersed with historic statues and archeological artifacts.
The Temple Of Zeus And Surrounding Landmarks
This was once one of the most impressive religious buildings in Athens, dedicated to the worship of Zeus, and was constructed around the fifth century BC. While the building itself has long since crumbled, the ruins are displayed in cinematic virtual reality, which help to bring the site to life. The nearby Olympic Stadium dating from 1896 is another interesting place to explore, while Hadrian’s Arch is another nearby landmark.
The spectacular views in a virtual tour of Prague
December 29th, 2014
As the historic capital of the Czech Republic, Prague has long been considered to be a wonderful destination for visitors from across Europe, and it is developing a reputation for being one of the most romantic destinations in the region. The virtual tour of Prague city center and the main sights has some wonderful views, and really gives potential visitors and idea of what a visit to the city would be like. The superb cinematic virtual reality helps to give viewers a real sense of the scale and the atmosphere of the city, with the castle being a particular highlight of the tour.
The Amazing Views From Prague Castle
One of the most popular tourist destination in Prague is the castle, which is also a key part of the virtual reality tour of Prague city’s sights, and there are very good reasons why it is so popular. The amazing view back over the city is truly remarkable, and the panorama that can be enjoyed from some of the higher points of the castle is truly spectacular. However, the castle itself is also a very impressive complex, with the castle also housing the St Vitus Cathedral and the beautiful Royal Garden, which definitely makes it worth spending some time exploring the area.
Visiting Prague’s Old Town
Cinematic virtual reality has brought the charms of Prague’s Old Town to life for those who aren’t able to visit the city in person, and it has some spectacular sights to enjoy. One of the most important and interesting of these locations is the Astronomical Clock, which shows the location of the sun and several other pieces of information, as well has having several moving figures that are activated on the hour. The Tyn Church is another beautiful building in the Old Town, and really does look stunning, covered in Gothic decoration both on the inside and outside of the building.
The Jewish History Of The Josefov District
Another important stop on the virtual reality tour of Prague city center is the Josefov district, which is famous for being a Jewish ghetto which has a series of beautifully preserved synagogues. The Old New Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in Europe, and legend states that the mythical Golem of Prague is buried in a part of the building. Another interesting part of the district is the Spanish Synagogue, which is very distinct from much of the rest of the architecture, built in a Moorish style to give it a very different look to much of the area.
The Stadium Of Sparta Prague
One of the great exports of Prague is its football, and the chance to visit the compact Generali Arena is one of the highlights of a visit to the city. The cinematic virtual reality helps to show how the stadium has been improved over the years, but also shows how the tight confines of the stadium could intimidate visitors to the arena, which is a stronghold for the local team, Sparta Prague.
The hidden delights of Manaus
June 21st, 2014
It’s fair to say the Brazilian city of Manaus has never been as popular with tourists as it is at the moment. The remote Amazon city was a somewhat surprising decision to act as one of Brazil’s host cities for the current World Cup, and fans from across the globe have had to take to river boats and ferries in order to reach the city to watch their team.
While never previously thought of as a tourist destination, Manaus has been exposed to a much wider audience than before due to the World Cup’s arrival; with fans from England, Italy, Cameroon and Croatia all heading to the city’s brand new stadium over the next month to watch their sides in action.
Aside from watching the football, visitors to Manaus are able to take advantage of some of the most incredible boat trips in the world. Dozens of boats set sail from Manaus daily for destinations such as Belem or to Sao Gabriel da Cachoiera along the Rio Negro, and visitors are able to explore some of the Amazon’s most remote towns and villages. Manacapuru, about 79 kilometers (49 miles) up the Solimoes from Manaus, are two fascinating day-trips from the city — in an adventure that is more about the six hour journey than the destination.
While the arrival of the World Cup has brought plenty of excitement to the region, it has also brought about it a fair share of criticism. One criticism levelled at the decision to stage matches in Manaus has been the heat and humidity, which often runs as high as 80% – far from ideal football conditions. With games behind held along the length and breadth of this huge country, teams playing in Manaus are rightly concerned that other teams playing in the south of Brazil will have an advantage later on in the tournament.
From Lisbon To Rome By Rail
June 16th, 2014
Southern Europe is famous for great food and wonderful culture, and when it comes to taking a long journey across the region, there is no better way to do this than to travel by train. Enjoying the scenery from the carriage is much more relaxing than having to focus on the road as you drive, without even mentioning the benefits of not having to deal with traffic jams. Having spent some time exploring the Portuguese coast, it was time to move on to a new setting, and the historic city of Rome was to be my new destination, but with nearly two weeks before I needed to be there, I was able to spend a little more time savoring the journey.
Choosing The Route
I had looked at doing a simple transfer by plane from Lisbon to Rome, but after looking at the option of buying an eurail pass, it was obvious that taking the scenic route could be a lot more exciting. If I was traveling purely for speed, the best route would have been to head to Madrid, then Paris, and on to Rome, but with plenty of travel time available I chose to take in a few more sights along the route. Rail Europe offered plenty of freedom, and as long as I made sure I had the seats booked, then I could take whichever route appealed to me.
Portugal And Spain
There is an overnight train linking Lisbon and Madrid that is very convenient for those who are pressed for time, but for me, I’d never visited the pilgrimage town of Fatima, and the train from Lisbon was a beautiful route. The Basilica in Fatima was a stunning place to visit, and after a good night’s sleep, I took the train on towards Caceres and Madrid. After another overnight stop, it was time to head on to one of my favorite cities, Barcelona, and the journey gave me another few days to spend there, tucking into the great food of the Mediterranean, and also enjoying a walk down the iconic Las Ramblas.
France And Italy
As a train buff, traveling on the TGV has always been a great pleasure for me, and the double-decker fast service between Barcelona and Paris is a great way to see the country, and it makes 180mph seem like a relaxing cruise between the two cities. With a bit more time to spend, I stayed for a few days in Paris doing all of the usual tourist attractions, and getting to return to the Louvre. The journey then turned south, and the train through to Dijon offered more scenic delights, while the town was also a great place to relax, enjoy the local cuisine and to see both of the beautiful churches.
The Final Destination
Spending a fortnight traveling the route to Rome had been a great experience, and the scenery across Central Europe is home to some spectacular train lines, but I was still able to get into Rome fresh and relaxed. The train from Milan heading south took me on another attractive line through the Italian countryside, and finally rolling into the grand rail terminal at the heart of the city. Buying the Eurail pass from Rail Europe had proved to be a great investment, and turned a simple move from one city to the next into an amazing travel experience.