Virtual Museums

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Over the past few years, visiting any kind of museum has become difficult; they’ve all been intermittently closed. Even when they’re open, many people feel a bit nervous about going on a visit, particularly if they have loved ones with fragile health. Thank goodness, then, for technology. Today, anyone with a computer, or a tablet and an internet connection can go on a virtual tour. You might be thinking: but it’s not the same! I absolutely agree. However, many museums have really found their feet in their virtual worlds and have reinvented how we might go about a visit.

Here are just a few examples of how technological innovation is changing our approach to the modern museum tour.

The British Museum

The Museum of the World (https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/) is just plain cool. When you enter the museum, you are confronted with a timeline. You use this to travel through time, up and down, using your mouse, or the arrows displayed on the screen. As you travel, you will notice different coloured points, which represent the objects that have been found from each period. Each colour represents a different geographical region. What’s interesting about this, is that you can compare what was happening, or what was produced in different geographical areas around the world at roughly the same period.

When once you click on a point, you can learn more, with a high resolution image, and information about the object, which you can read or listen to. Honestly, it’s pretty awesome. There is also a legend on the right hand side from which you can choose the topic you’re most interested in, for example, art and design.

This is really something you can do on a rainy day, or in the evening by yourself or with your kids. I’ve never seen world history presented in a linear fashion like this, and it’s definitely worth taking a few minutes out of your day to see if it’s something that floats your boat.

If, on the other hand, you are interested in a more traditional online visit, you can simply navigate to the British Museum’s collection (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection) and browse to your heart’s content.

The MET

Do you like art? History? Art history? On the MET’s website, you’ll find videos, their whole collection, learning resources, and all sorts of things for kids and adults alike. They even have a site dedicated specially to kids, with videos, stories, and lot’s more.

It’s really interesting to just explore the site and get lost in all the different things that are offered.

Google Arts & Culture

Perhaps you would like to find everything in one place. Then hit up Google Arts & Culture. There you will find the online collections of all the major world museums; it’s stunning and impressive that we can see all this without ever leaving our home. Of course, you can’t beat going there in person, but few of us are able to travel so widely, even without a Pandemic raging. So, why not check it out?

Conclusion

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Granted, this is a rather short list, but it’s already more than enough to occupy eons of your time over the next few weeks. So have a go! And don’t forget to let us know if you have found any online collections we should know about!

Shopping for a home

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Il est temps pour notre famille de chercher un nouveau « chez nous ». Alors, je me suis dit que ce serait un bon sujet de blog car tout le monde passe par là ! La tâche n’est jamais facile, mais elle est rendu encore plus délicate si on ne la fait pas dans une langue que l’on maîtrise, ou même dans notre langue maternelle, car on peut très bien se débrouiller dans une langue mais manquer du vocabulaire spécifique à l’immobilier.

Donc, cette article est pour vous si vous désirez apprendre un peu sur le langage de l’immobilier en anglais !

SEARCHING FOR A HOUSE OR AN APARTMENT

Are you looking for a new home? What kind of home are you looking for? Perhaps a house? Or maybe an apartment? Did you know: in British English (BE) people often use the word flat to mean apartment.

We are currently looking for an apartment, even though we would prefer a house. However, houses are much more expensive than apartments. Renting a house can be very pricey, particularly if you’re looking for something downtown or in a more up-market neighbourhood. Or, maybe you’re looking for something in the suburbs?

So, do you want to rent, or buy? How many bedrooms are you looking for? We’re looking for a 3 bedroom apartment with a large balcony or back yard. Also on our list is a bathtub, our current flat doesn’t have one, it only has a shower and I miss taking hot bubble baths!

Here are some other things you might be looking for in your new home:

  • A/C or air conditioning la climatisation
  • Utilities – heating, water, etc. Are they included? Chauffage, eau…
  • Furnished, semi-furnished, unfurnished (meublé ou non meublé)
  • Short-term, long-term rental
  • Year built (année de construction)
  • Square footing – in the US and in Canada, real estate is measure in square
  • feet (pieds carrés).
  • Hardwood floors plancher de bois franc
  • (Private) patio/balcony/terrace
  • Ensuite laundry (in the unit, or is it in the communal laundry room?)
  • buanderie, locale pour la laveuse/secheuse
  • Apartment complex (collection of buildings and amenities that make up the « résidence » ).
  • Bachelor, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, etc. les pièces – une chambre, deux, un studio, etc.
  • Open concept kitchen cuisine américaine
  • Home office, office space bureau, coin bureau
  • Multi-level, duplex, penthouse (top floor apartment)
  • Cityscape, landscape (the view – la vue)
  • Close to all amenities, convenient location (proche des commerces et infrastructures)
  • Downtown, suburbs (les banlieues – style américain)
  • Have I missed anything? Let me know!

Cherchez-vous actuellement un appartement dans un pays anglophone? Est-ce qu’il manque de choses sur la liste dont vous avez besoin ? N’hésitez pas à me le dire, je les ajoute !

Vous cherchez des cours d’anglais ? Contactez-moi pour qu’on en discute 🙂 !