Which Virtual Exhibitions to Visit
A part of me feels that the online Louvre experience — a small collection of 5 virtual tours and an interesting enough bunch of videos — is missing something. While bumbling along on a virtual tour, one skips along the empty corridors with a swift left-click, admiring art, reading the occasional placard and noting the absence of people. But it’s impossible not to be struck by just how incomplete it all feels. It’s almost as though the loitering crowds are all a part of the experience. Or perhaps the isolation is just getting to me. But if one has always wanted to walk the empty halls of the Petit Gallery, the ornate galleria d’Apollon or the Sully Wing and the Egyptian Antiquities stored therein — unperturbed by those swollen crowds, then these virtual Louvre tours should be perfect.
If on the other hand, it’s views that you’re looking for, then one can do no better (virtually speaking) than to ascend to the roof of the beautiful Palais Garnier to take in the entirety of that iconic Paris skyline (there’s an Eiffel Tower one too). And afterwards, take a virtual tour of the Opéra National’s enchanting interiors. And if being trapped underground while being trapped indoors doesn’t sound too intimidating, the virtual tour of the Paris Catacombs offers a limited, but intriguing view of Paris’s skull-filled underground chambers. Away from Paris, this tour of the Plateau de Valensole plunges would-be virtual travellers into the very centre of Provence’s fragrant lavender fields for intimate moments of internet travel bliss. And for those missing winter travel, this surprisingly immersive tour of the mighty Mt Blanc offers sublime top of Europe views without the effort needed to make it to the top.