You can’t get there from here

Ask a few Texans, and chances are you won’t find a strict consensus about what counts as the region of West Texas. Some draw a line from Wichita Falls down to Abilene and then Del Rio to mark the west-east boundary of the state. Others go by a map of where oak tree growth stops to find where West Texas…

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Radio Garden

Here’s a great idea – world radio through your browser.  Radio Garden invites you to tune into thousands of live radio stations across the globe. The site’s interface is delightfully simple.  Zoom in or out to an area on the globe and click on a green dot.  Hey presto, the radio station will start to play, and its details will appear…

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Isle de Granville

Granville Island is a de rigueur activity when you visit Vancouver.  There are dozens of boutique shops, selling things like bespoke art, vodka and … brooms. The main draw – and in many ways you will draw deep breaths – is the Market.  There are dozens of food stalls, but the main attraction is the gob-smacking fresh fruit and vegetable…

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Tombs in your living rooms

At one time, sitting on the couch and watching television was considered a luxury:  we were so busy in our daily lives that being able to collapse on the sofa and stare at the screen . . or at the ceiling. Well, Covid-19 has flipped that scenario on its head, and most people are gagging to get out and travel,…

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Purple Noon

Our pals at OMIO sure know Europe.  Planes, trains or automobiles, they can do it. But, like the rest of us, they’re stuck at home, too.  So they have – just in time – published their latest version of The Window Seat, their travelogue. Travel (or romance for that matter) might be tricky at the moment, but that doesn’t mean…

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Technology

Please welcome our new contributor, Beyond Adventures.  With an incredibly diverse past, she has lots of topics to choose from.  Today, it’s all about technology.  “My day starts with coffee or tea, a slice of toast with jam, and fruit while catching up with the world via social media. My gotos? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and occasionally Reddit. This tends to…

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Hello? Are you there?

Travel might be temporarily off the table, but the world’s natural wonders, museum masterpieces, and attractions are still right at your fingertips. Visit Versailles, summit Everest, or browse the Met without leaving your couch, using virtual tours and VR technology to get even closer to the action. Push the boundaries of travel by walking through UNESCO sites, exploring the world’s…

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Don’t suffer for your art

If you can’t come to the arts, let the arts come to you with our selection of free virtual museum collections. With the promising news of a COVID vaccine, we need to take care of our mental health more than ever, especially if we want to prepare for our collective comeback to post-pandemic life.  Experts agree that keeping the mind…

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Yes you cam!

Can’t go out anymore?  Itching to  travel?  Check in on life outside your front door with these livestreams from across the globe. Our social lives may have come to a screeching halt, but the world keeps on turning. Tune into one of these live video feeds: from African wildlife to one of America’s great national parks, they’re some of our…

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Toto, I don’t think we’re in the USA anymore

Fifteen places in the US that feel like a completely different country. In the 1960s, the people of Leavenworth transformed their city into a Bavarian-style village to promote tourism. Almost 60 years later, that vision is still alive and well. With Alpine architecture, a mountain backdrop, and plenty of sauerkraut and bratwurst, it’s surprisingly easy to imagine you’re in Germany.…

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How our brain sculpts experience in line with our expectations

The Book of Days (1864) by the Scottish author Robert Chambers reports a curious legal case: in 1457 in the town of Lavegny, a sow and her piglets were charged and tried for the murder of a partially eaten small child. After much deliberation, the court condemned the sow to death for her part in the act, but acquitted the…

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Go back in time – plague-free

Six students from De Montfort University have created a stellar 3D representation of 17th century London, as it existed before The Great Fire of 1666. The three-minute video provides a realistic animation of Tudor London, and particularly a section called Pudding Lane where the fire started. As Londonist notes, “Although most of the buildings are conjectural, the students used a…

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You’re virtually in your place in the sun

Those of you that know us here at Matouring know that we have a fondness for the UK’s “Place in the Sun” magazine and television show.   Focusing on Europe, their television offering, live events and magazine give smart ways to find your ideal location. Well, they’ve recently placed many of their webinars online now, if you’re in the market a…

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Babylon systems

This Babylonian Map of the World is a clay tablet containing a labeled depiction of the known world, with a partially surviving description, dated to roughly the 6th century B.C. The map is circular with two outer defined circles. The plan is centered on the Euphrates, flowing from the north to the south of the map. The city of Babylon…

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You can be Hadrian, virtually

This long distance footpath is unique because it follows a World Heritage Site. Hadrian built the Wall to separate the Roman Empire from the barbarians. It is a complex structure with curtain wall, milecastles, turrets, ditches and forts. Walking the Path is logistically easier if the east-west route is followed. The Path that mainly follows the Wall has cityscape, farmland,…

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