English Heritage have just wrenched a tiny squeak of glee from me with their virtual tour of Stonehenge.
The glory of this virtual look-see is that rather than a series of sewn together images where you jump jerkily from view to view, you get a smooth experience, up to the clouds, down to the grass, and then when you look at the sun... well.... wow
I'm a big fan of using your website to give visitors an inkling of what to expect, and to give them access to areas and views which they can't see in person. Technology may never replace the feeling and experience itself, but it can give an insight, and in some cases raise extra interest ("I bet it looks even better in person, let's visit") or prevent daft things happening ("I don't need to climb over that fence, I know what it looks like")
As winter solstice creeps up on us this Saturday, if you can't get out and about, stay in and look around Stonehenge instead.
If I spend more than ten minutes trying to get technology to work, I always feel like doing a victory lap of the office when I finally conquer it. Mail merging an excel sheet to labels? When there isn't a template for those labels? boo-yah!
(I have little idea how I actually managed it, but got there in the end.)
Image is adapated from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Great_Triumphal_Chariot_of_the_Emperor_Maximilian_I_-_Albrecht_D%C3%BCrer.jpg
When a customer gushes at length about how much her husband loves your visitor center, and how she wants to plan an amazing Christmas gift for him. So she's really hoping we can help her with planning a special trip to surprise him in 2014...
"...anywhere other than the UK. Can you recommend a venue like yours elsewhere in Europe? Anywhere is ok, France, Denmark, we won't mind"
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