Taking Virtual Tours

Since I’ve been stuck at home, I’ve been on Facebook more than normal. I’ve seen numerous posts with links to sites providing virtual tours of places. I checked out on today called Adentures in Familyhood which you can check out here.

This site has lots of kid friendly stuff which would be great if I were cooped up with a kid or two, but I’m not so I didn’t pay much attention to any of it. Still, it’s free so you should check it out if you have kids in isolation with you, or any time you have kids with you at home.

The tours are split up into groups, and there are at least three links in each group. At the end of each group are activities for you and the kids to do to help them learn and discuss what they saw on the tours.

The Louvre has three galleries in their virtual tour selection, and I really enjoyed visiting Le Petite Gallerie. It has an exhibit going on which includes sculpture and paintings by three of the old masters. The quality of the camera work is that of a professional movie! It was as if I was there. The moves between rooms as well as the 360 degree camera views are seamless. Lighting was fantastic too. I was so pleased with how it all looked, it was almost better than getting to see the exhibits! I can’t wait to get to Paris to see the Louvre myself!

I also checked out the Monterey Bay Aquarium virtual tour. It has several cams showing off their aquatic offerings. I watched the Kelp Forest cam for a while, and I liked how clear the picture was. Would’ve been nice if the view had been more focused on one window into the area thought. It was pulled back to show several panes of the aquarium, and I’m sure when people are around, the view is blocked.

There was an offering from Google as well. I got to see Pompei! It was a static virtual tour from ground level, but it was still better than nothing. I was able to move around in a 360 degree circle and move to other parts with mouse clicks. The picture quality was great too. I really enjoyed the tour. This is another place on my bucket list of places to visit when I can.

The last tour I went on was to the San Diego zoo. I checked out quite a few of the animal cams they have up. They’re all live but right now, they’re unmanned. This means you might not see an anumal when you check out the cam. I got to see penguins swimming, and condors moving about so it was worth checking out.

I’m going to be checking out more virtual tours when I can. Anything to keep myself busy and distracted… Feel free to share any virtual tour sites you know of!! I’ll be eternally grateful!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Riggs – Hollow City

“The second novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” – as written  on the cover of the novel.  Written by Ransom Riggs and published by Quirk Books.  Copyright 2014 .  The copy I have is a paperback of trade size and 396 pages of story followed by Acknowledgements(I don’t read those usually) and a section called A Conversation with Ransom Riggs.  The book is rounded out by an excerpt from the third novel in the series.

The first novel of this series was made into a movie, and it was almost as peculiar as the book. I’d like to see this one also made into a movie, but I haven’t seen anything to suggest it will.  A great many people don’t enjoy the peculiar.  It makes them uncomfortable.  I don’t mind as long as the peculiarity is done correctly and not used to simply make a joke.  Those types of jokes are horrible to me – my first thought was obscene but upon reflection, I think that word is a bit harsh.

The book itself was wonderful, well written and quite moving at times.  The author portrays the reality of war while throwing in the oddness of the children as a way of throwing you off the harshness of the reality.  Children do die, people and animals do die in this book but not for nothing.  The story moves on, motivates our cast of children, and we go on with them.

This is not a happy story though there are parts that are relatively sweet and lovely.  Some scenes touch on the idyllic.  Still, this is not a happy story nor is it meant to be.  It’s a story of a group of special people trying to survive while another group of people attempt to either imprison them or destroy them.  This is a story of survival and at times, it gets a bit grim.  Still, it has its merits, and I think it’s a very good read.

I would suggest reading it, especially if you have seen the movie or read the first book – or both.  It has a nice twist in it as well as some new peculiar children you didn’t meet in the first novel.  I’m looking forward to reading the third book – our young hero, Jacob, is becoming quite an interesting fellow.

Well my friends, I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget to bring your towel and sonic screwdriver – things might get a bit….peculiar.