World Travel From Your Armchair

We’re going on a whirlwind trip to Paris this morning.  Grab your Trader Joe’s pain au chocolat and your Nespresso cappuccino for this first video.  Are you with me?



Isn’t that the coolest thing?  Albin Holmqvist is a Stockholm art director and designer who’s come up with three other videos, if you want to check them out.  Beijing, London, and Barcelona.

Do you want to see the world’s largest indoor photo?  It’s of the Strahov Philosophical Library in Prague—so detailed you can zoom in to read the titles on the book spines!  Pretty amazing, in my opinion.

Here’s the blurb from Very Short List:

Panoramic photographer Jeffrey Martin spent five days shooting this 40-gigapixel image of the library at Strahov Monastery in Prague. Martin calls it “the largest interior photo in the world,” and “the highest-resolution view of any interior space that has ever been captured.” We think it’s stunning.

You can look in any direction (be sure not to miss the beautifully painted ceiling), and zoom in closely enough to read the ancient lettering on the spines of these very old books. Martin stitched 2,947 individual photos together to make the image. And armchair travelers, take note: It’s just one of the many excellent 360-degree panoramas you’ll find on the website belonging to Martin’s company, 360cities.

Now, hush.  Night has settled.  The stars are shining.  Look!

Nick Risinger quit his job, toted his cameras to light-deprived areas, and took 37,440 carefully synchronized pictures to depict our night sky.  Zoom in…scroll left or right!  Absolutely breathtaking!

[Post image: Dan and me at the Eiffel Tower, 2004]


  1. Sara
    Jun 11, 2011

    It’s cloudy. Too chilly for sitting outside with a cup of coffee. But THIS!! This is fantastic! Bravo, E., because this has brought smiles to my face this morning. Ahhh, Paris. And Prague. The night sky photos are great.

  2. Elissa
    Jun 11, 2011

    And we can travel together this way…well, sort of…

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