Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Virtual travel: Paris and beyond

Dreaming of Paris but don't have the dough to get there? See the sights with the video travelogues of the delightful Sonia. Viewing the passing parade from her vantage point of a sidewalk cafe proves the French are enduringly chic—and so svelte compared to Americans!


You can view her Top 10 as well as video features from France, Mexico, Italy, and Berlin. Grab your ethnic-appropriate beverage and kick back!
To further your armchair adventures, you can avail yourself of the beautiful boxed set from Atlas Pocket Classics devoted to France. An exercise in nostalgia, it includes Gleanings in France; Travels with a Donkey; and A Motor-Flight through France by James Fenimore Cooper, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Edith Wharton, respectively. And for inspiration for future trips, we highly recommend consulting Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train
Where does your wanderlust tempt you to travel?

12 comments:

  1. Next chance I get, I'm going to Greece and Turkey. And I'll always want to return to Italy.

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  2. I've always wanted to see France! I couldn't see the picture or view Sonia's top 10 but can imagine how lovely it would be to take virtual trips through so many beautiful places!

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  3. This reminds me of other virtual tours that you've posted, I think one was of Rome. And I think you also had one of the bird-eye views of how many of the main tourist cities have evolved/changed over the years. Travel via fingertips...tres chic!

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  4. Jealous!! It beats the Starbucks that I car watch @ during lunch break. Also, can you imagine traveling w/ Robert Louis Stevenson?! I bet he knew how to have quite the adventures when abroad...

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  5. I have would have to agree with Fink I am truly JEALOUS!!!Robert Louis Stevenson as a travel buddy would be a once a lifetime adventure that I would surely wish I could have taken advantage of :)

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  6. As someone who has never been abroad, this is very appealing! One day I will actually go to at least one of these places, but this will tide me over!

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  7. Unfortunately I can't see the virtual tour on my desktop :(

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    1. Maybe this will make up for it: http://www.paris-26-gigapixels.com/index-fr.html

      It's an interactive view of the best parts of Paris made from 2346 high-res photos stitched together.
      Bon voyage!

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  8. Flaneur a mi tempsJune 6, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Ou'est-ce que c'est ca? With the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Trianon, Notre Dame, La Defense, Montmartre, and Versailles a few minutes away, this mademoiselle passes her day inhaling traffic fumes while watching some not tres chic examples of urban life doing nothing very interesting. Are her feet sore? Does she lack a train fare? Tsk,tsk. Such scenes unfold on every street corner, and prettier corners there are, as well.
    Moi, je prefere voyager en Egypte. I've just watched "Death on the Nile", and I am prepared to survive it.

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    1. Flaneur a mi tempsJune 6, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Saloperie de computer. The first letter is a Q.

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    2. I can't imagine someone not taking in what you mention ... and Pere Lachaise and the Opera as well. Let's give her the benefit of the doubt... if she's such a philistine, quel dommage!

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    3. PS. When you do go, we will await your report on the pyramids of the geezers ;)

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