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Monday, June 18, 2007

Take a Virtual Tour of Europe with Arounder

During the 17th and 18th centuries, young English elites used to travel for two to four years around Europe in order to broaden their horizons. This was called the Grand Tour.

Nowadays, you can do much the same from the comfort of your cubicle or study.

Arounder lets you take virtual tours of 30 European cities including Rome, Paris, Berlin, and Amsterdam. Each city has its own section on the site with the locations of landmarks and other notable sights marked by green and red pins on Google Maps. Major landmarks can be toured using 360 degree panoramas that you can rotate and zoom in and out of.

You can also easily go virtual sightseeing and plan your vacation itinerary with ease. If something looks good on screen, it might be worth a look in person.

So far, only four cities outside Europe (all in the US) are being covered by Arounder, but content seems to be updated frequently. Overall, Arounder makes for a nice complement to guide books and other travel materials that are less visually stimulating.


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