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Tour These European Castles Virtually from the Comfort of Your Living Room During Covid-19 Quarantine

If you are like most people in the world right now, you are staying home and trying to find a way to get through the days. After all, there are only so many hours you can spend watching Netflix or Disney+! All those chores probably don’t seem appealing either, which is why I would love to recommend touring a few European castles virtually from the comfort of your living room.

European Castles You Must Tour Virtually from the Comfort of Your Living Room

Virtual European Castle Tours

Palace of Versailles

This palace is where Louis XIV lived, and it was the Sun King himself who made it famous. As you take the virtual tour of the palace, you can see the infamous Hall of Mirrors, stunning artwork, amazing artifacts, and even the outdoor gardens. If you have always wanted to see the Palace of Versailles up close, this is the next best thing!

Virtual European Castle Tour of Versailles palace, Paris suburbs, France.
Versailles palace, Paris suburbs, France.

Royal Palace of Caserta

This is an Italian palace and you may not know that it is one of the biggest royal palaces in the entire world. The King of Naples lived in the Royal Palace of Caserta and you can see many views of the interior and exterior during your virtual tour.

The 'Reggia di Caserta', in the background, is a former royal palace. The huge garden is 3 kilometers long and has sculptures and canals.
The ‘Reggia di Caserta’, in the background, is a former royal palace. The huge garden is 3 kilometers long and has sculptures and canals.

Catherine Palace

Russian history is fascinating and there are not too many people who have not heard of Catherine the Great. A virtual tour of this palace will only take you around the outside, where you can see the stunning white, blue, and gold façade. Catherine the Great only lived in this palace during the summers, but it still holds quite a bit of history from her reign.

The Catherine Palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Catherine Palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), St. Petersburg, Russia.

Edinburgh Castle

There are quite a few castles within the country of Scotland, but the Edinburgh Castle is an excellent place to start with a tour. This castle is located up on Castle Rock, so it looks out over the capital city. Your virtual tour will include views of the infamous grounds, so be prepared to enjoy some incredible views without needing to leave your home.

Virtual European Castle Tours of Edinburgh Castle during summer, Scotland.
Edinburgh Castle during summer, Scotland.

Buckingham Palace

Everyone loves the Queen of England and not too many have the opportunity to tour the inside of this palace when they are over in London. There are many reasons for this, but the main one is that no visitors are allowed in for tours when the Queen is in residence. Thankfully, you can take a virtual tour of this beautiful palace from the comfort of your home! You can see the State Rooms and they will give you an idea of how the rest of the palace must look.

Buckingham Palace in London.
Buckingham Palace in London.

These are some of the best European castles and palaces to visit virtually from the comfort of your living room. You will want to start by exploring these and then see what else you can find to explore through a little research on your own. Who knows! You may be able to wander around a castle you have wanted to see for years without even walking out your front door!

Let me know when you book your next virtual European Castle tours!

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Disney Fans?? Check Out These Virtual Tours of Florida Theme Parks to Get Your Thrills at Home

You may not be able to spend hours riding the rides at your favorite Florida theme parks right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some thrills right from the comfort of your couch. Imagine taking virtual tours of your favorite theme parks and even experiencing a couple of the popular rides via video.

Virtual Tours of Florida Theme Parks to Get Your Thrills at Home

 

1. Walt Disney World

There are so many virtual tours of Walt Disney World, so be prepared to spend at least a day viewing them all. Just pretend you are at the physical parks and settle in for the ride! You can start at Magic Kingdom, work your way over to Hollywood Studios and end your time at Epcot. If you want to experience some of the rides, you can easily do a search on YouTube. A couple to get you started include Frozen Ever After and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Mickey Mouse at Disney World Tokyo.
Mickey Mouse at Disney World Tokyo.

2. LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND is gaining in popularity, so do not fret if you haven’t checked out this theme park as of yet. Check things out during a virtual tour, so you can be prepared when you go there in person. We recommend paying close attention to the Great LEGO Race, because it is a virtual reality option that you will want to enjoy once you can visit this park.

Visitors pass through the entrance to Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, FL.
Visitors pass through the entrance to Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, FL.

3. SeaWorld

A virtual tour of SeaWorld will have you wandering through the park from your living room, while also seeing everything Discovery Cove has to offer. Add in a thrilling virtual ride on the roller coaster, Mako, and you will forget you are not physically in this park by the end.

Panoramic view of SeaWorld sign in International Drive area.
Panoramic view of SeaWorld sign in International Drive area.

4. Universal Studios

Wandering around the two Universal Studios parks virtually, as well as the City Walk, will allow you to see every inch of the park. This is completely different from when you are there in person, because an in-person visit always has you missing some of the small, yet important, details.

HARRY POTTER UNIVERSAL STUDIOS WALK WITH DRAGON.
HARRY POTTER UNIVERSAL STUDIOS WALK WITH DRAGON.

5. Downtown Disney

Have you ever been to the Downtown Disney area? If you have been too busy wandering through the theme parks to give this area another thought, then you must check it out now. After all, you have the time, so you might as well take advantage of it!

Night view of the Disney Flagship Store at the Pudong New District (Lujiazui) in downtown. Shanghai is a popular tourist destination of Asia.
Night view of the Disney Flagship Store at the Pudong New District (Lujiazui) in downtown. Shanghai is a popular tourist destination of Asia.

These virtual tours of the theme parks down in Florida will allow you to experience thrills and adventures right from your home. Instead of spending your time wishing you can visit, use it wisely and see these parks up close now! Then imagine all the fun you will have when you finally visit later this year!

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Getting Travel Hungry? Check Out These Virtual Tours of Some Amazing Landmarks around the World

Not being able to travel is one of the worst things that can happen to some people. However, being stuck at home, or simply in one part of the world, for long periods of time doesn’t mean you need to miss out on all the incredible sights this world has to offer! Instead of only dreaming of when you can travel again, I recommend that you take a virtual tour of some of the best landmarks around the world.

Check Out These Virtual Tours of Some Amazing Landmarks around the World

1. Taj Mahal

As you probably know, the Taj Mahal is over in India and this gorgeous sight was constructed during the 17th century for the Emperor’s late wife. While the Taj Mahal is best seen in person, you will still find yourself breathless with all the intricate details you are seeing online.

The Taj Mahal in India.
The Taj Mahal in India.

2. Ellis Island

The only way to see Ellis Island in person is to take a ferry out during a tour of the island and the Statue of Liberty. This island is where immigrants arrived from 1892 and 1954 to start a new life in the United States. This virtual tour will allow you to see where these immigrants spent their time shortly after they arrived and all the history that was made since then.

Virtual tour of Ellis Island & Downtown Manhattan, New York.
Ellis Island & Downtown Manhattan, New York.

3. Palace of Versailles

There are many castles and palaces around the world, but this is one of the best in the country of France. The elegant building is matched with picture perfect grounds and you can see it all during this tour. Pay close attention to the highlights of this tour, which includes the Coronation Chamber, Royal Chapel, and the Hall of Mirrors.

VERSAILLES, FRANCE - The Royal Palace in Versailles.
VERSAILLES, FRANCE – The Royal Palace in Versailles.

4. The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China has been in place for more than two thousand years now and continues along three thousand miles of land. While you can see it while visiting many different areas of China, this virtual tour will have you seeing it during a hike from Jinshanling to Simatai.

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China

5. Acropolis

The Acropolis has been part of Greek history for so many years now and while it has been restored wonderfully, it is still showing its age. If you have never seen this magnificent attraction in person, you must take a virtual tour to see why you must add it to your list when you start to travel once again.

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece virtual tour
The Acropolis of Athens, Greece, with the Parthenon Temple on top of the hill during a summer sunset. Greece is currently open to American tourists.

These are only some of the landmarks around the world that you can take a virtual tour of. A little research will have you finding more, so make sure you share your favorites with me in the comments!

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Visiting the Eiffel Tower: What’s Inside this Masterpiece?

Constructing the Eiffel Tower was no easy task, because there were a lot of intricate details that needed to work together. While this would be difficult enough to do today, think of how tricky it was back in 1887! It took over two years to build this structure and to think, it was supposed to be demolished not too long after…

Inside Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower at sunrise from Trocadero.
The Eiffel Tower at sunrise from Trocadero.

The Tower

The Tower was constructed to use for the World’s Fair back in 1889. There was no reason why the tower was constructed to look as it does, except to ensure that everyone was impressed with the results. Iron was used for the tower and the beams were crossed to ensure that the wind could pass through this structure.

This was one of the tallest structures in the world. However, there have been many buildings constructed since then that are now taller than this tower.

Vertical view from the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris, with perspective of the height of the tower and people in the park very far away below.
Vertical view from the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris, with perspective of the height of the tower and people in the park very far away below.

First Floor

There are three red buildings on the first floor, and they contain a theater, a restaurant, shops, and a place to learn more about the Eiffel Tower. The center of this first floor has a glass bottom that you can walk onto.

Second Floor

There are two decks for sightseeing on the second floor. There is also another restaurant that offers amazing views of the city. You can reach this floor via the elevator.

Third Floor

The third floor is much smaller than the other two floors and is mostly used for sightseeing. The bottom portion of this floor allows you to look at the views through the windows, while the upper section allows you to be outside enjoying the incredible views. There is a private apartment on the third floor as well and that apartment was used by Eiffel himself. A television and radio antenna can be found at the very top of this floor.

Stunning view of the Eiffel Tower from Paris, France.
Stunning view of the Eiffel Tower from Paris, France.

The Elevator

You can use the elevator to access all three floors. However, if you do not want to wait for the elevator, or you want to add a few hundred steps to your day, you can always take the stairs to the first and second floors. Thankfully, there is more than one elevator, so you will never need to make the climb if you do not want to. The elevators are located within each of the four pillars. Three of the visitor elevators are double deckers, so they can fit more people.

Crowds gather and form a long queue to visit the Eiffel tower.
Crowds gather and form a long queue to visit the Eiffel tower.

The interior of the tower has four more elevators that will take people from the second to the third floor.

The most interesting part of the elevators can be seen during a tour, so if you want to see how these elevators work, you may want to sign up for a tour during your visit.

Have you ever visited the Eiffel Tower? Do you want to now that you know what is in the inside Eiffel Tower? Let me know your thoughts.

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Experience Amazing Wine with The Real Grape

If you are a wine lover, you are going to want to check out The Real Grape.  They are our favorite company to work with when we need to create a fabulous and luxurious wine tour holiday!  While you may be fine with just a fabulous wine tour, we say that you should always accept the luxury part of it whenever you can!

The Real Grape provides tailor-made itineraries as well as wine tours throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.  They love sharing their love of delicious and quality wine with others and they do this by planning vineyard tours, wine cellar tours, wine and champagne tastings, and meetings with those who produce the wine and champagne.

Champagne vineyards Villedomange in Marne department, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe.
Champagne vineyards Villedomange in Marne department, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe.

One of the tours that The Real Grape has created is a trip to the Marne Department of Champagne, which also includes the areas of Reims and Epernay.  A good amount of the champagne that is produced in the region comes from this area and they bottle this delicious liquid for powerhouses that include Moet, Pol Roger, and Veuve Clicquot.

Avenue de Champagne with several Champagne houses along the road with strolling tourists in the evening in Epernay, France.
Avenue de Champagne with several Champagne houses along the road with strolling tourists in the evening in Epernay, France.

While in the Marne Department of Champagne guests stay in Reims, where they can see a 13th century cathedral and learn a lot about its rich history.  While in Epernay, everyone can visit the Avenue de Champagne, which happens to be one of the most famous streets in the entire region.  Some of the largest Champagne houses can be found along this street and people will be able to pop into some of them for a few tastings.

Gothic Basilica Saint Urbain of Troyes - France, Aube.
Gothic Basilica Saint Urbain of Troyes – France, Aube

Some people are always interested in visiting the outskirts of Marne, and The Real Grape enjoys taking them to L’Aube.  Inside the main city of Troyes, everyone can wander through the spectacular museums and preserved renaissance churches.  Many famous people lived in this region including a young Napoleon, Camille Claudel, and Renoir, plus General De Gaulle’s grave can be found there.

Champagne vineyards in the Cote des Bar area of the Aube department near to Baroville, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe.
Champagne vineyards in the Cote des Bar area of the Aube department near to Baroville, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe.

Visiting the major champagne producers is only a part of what everyone should see while in the Marne Department of Champagne though.  The major producers only include approximately two hundred and sixty of the more than two thousand champagne producers in the region.  Therefore, The Real Grape always include stops at many of the family-run producers that are much smaller.

Town hall and war memorial of Hautvillers, a commune in the Marne famous as being the home of Dom Perignon, whose work in wine-making helped to make champagne.
Town hall and war memorial of Hautvillers, a commune in the Marne famous as being the home of Dom Perignon, whose work in wine-making helped to make champagne.

Those smaller producers are an excellent way for everyone to learn more about the process in a more personal way instead of with a quick monotonized verbal statement.  The Real Grape prefers to visit producers who focus on sustainability and organic practices, because they provide a completely immersive experience that is full of passion. That experience does not end at the end of the day either.  The Real Grape partners with numerous types of accommodations including bed and breakfasts and chateaus.

We have loved the tours that we have been on with The Real Grape and encourage everyone to experience one for themselves.  In fact, everyone will receive a discount on any of The Real Grape’s tours just by mentioning the quote “JourneyConnected”- they’re offering a generous 10% discount to Journey Connected travellers.  They’re also giving even deeper discounts or any ‘early bird’ who books and pays a tour more than two months in advance. Anyone that cannot commit to a tour right now, and those that can, are welcome to join in on the fun to win a bottle of Biodynamic Champagne.  Simply sign up for The Real Grape Newsletter by June 1st to be automatically entered.


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