I hope you're well and keeping safe.
In these difficult times, it's important for us all to practice social distancing and to self isolate if we need to. But this doesn't mean that we can't stay connected to the world outside during these challenging times. We are lucky today to have amazing technology that allows us to stay connected with family and friends around the world, to work, to learn, to teach, to stay fit and to be entertained from home, all available at our fingertips.
Living in London, I miss the amazing culture that's on show everyday in this amazing City. Fortunately, technology also allows us to feed our appetite for culture and there are amazing sites where we can visit galleries, watch performances, go on virtual tours and explore entire museums and landmarks from around the world from your sofa.
I wanted to share just some of the websites that I've loved and that have helped me or simply made my days a little bit more fun.
For lovers of Opera - The Metropolitan Opera is doing nightly Opera streams with variety of online performances from comedy to drama. I am looking forward to tomorrow's (31 March) stream of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. All the streams are available for 23 hours, so you can watch it the next day.
A wonderful resource from Google Arts and Culture lets you explore everything from art works in high definition, to virtual tours of famous sites and landmarks. You can "invite" a famous masterpiece in to your home with an amazing AR Art Projector tool using your smartphone.
Go on a wonderful virtual journey around the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and explore all of the magnificent works of art shot in high definition. The details are exceptional and you feel as if you're actually there.
Everyone has a favourite Van Gogh painting. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world. You can now explore the entire museum in 3D and see your favourite pieces.
Go for a virtual stroll in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest and enjoy a large number of collections of European art from Antiquity to the present day. I love the feeling of space that the tour has and all the magnificent paintings I have rediscovered.
You can browse through over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists at the Guggenheim Museum's Online Resource. It is a wonderful collection and I love looking through it in detail.
These are just a few of the resources that I love and I hope you will enjoy them too.
Stay safe and continue to look after yourselves.