Thursday, March 25, 2010

Armchair Travel

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 12:15 PM

I am a history buff who loves to travel. Unfortunately, financial considerations have always kept me from seeing the places in person that I’ve read so much about.

But, thanks to Google Maps street view feature, I can at least live vicariously through 3D images and a high-speed Internet connection.

Google has been mapping the world for the last few years, and in between staving off concerns about privacy infractions, the Internet giant has also mapped some historical/archeological landmarks, including the ruins of Pompeii, in infamous Roman town that was destroyed in a cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE.

Now, homebound travelers-at-heart can click their way through the streets of the once thriving town, viewing the ruins of homes, stores and plazas. If you’re like me, the only frustration will be not being able to explore the little side streets and alcoves that are so temptingly just out of view from the predetermined Google path.

Still, a virtual trip is better than not seeing it at all. Besides, the quizzical looks of the tourists trying to figure out what the Google camera man is doing is worth the look.

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