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When seeking motivation for offline discovery .... Get subjective guidance: Imagine that you are taking a long road trip. Yes, you will have GPS, maps, and a guidebook, but you will probably still ask the gas station attendant for directions or suggestions on things to do and see locally. This PERSONAL and TOTALLY SUBJECTIVE view is where you will meet me on your travels, pumping gas and motivating you to travel offline. - Ardan Michael Blum

Naturally, when seeking inspiration for offline travels you should also turn to Google Arts & Culture which has partnered with a number of museums in order to provide online access to an amazing collection of high-resolution images of works of art. In addition: An increasing number of U.S. libraries are allowing online users to access a wider and wider catalog of audio, books, and films. Today, your library card can gain you access to, for example, most of the lectures from The Great Courses for free! So, too, a lot of amazing content is found via the Khan Academy.

Let us sail in a magical boat!
We start in Palo Alto, epicenter not only of Silicon Valley but in many ways of being online.
Let us go to the Hewlett-Packard House and Garage located at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. This garage is the birthplace of Silicon Valley.

Hidden in the HP Garage is a MAGIC BOAT: Culture, art, and creativity are on the horizon. Lift the yellow tarpaulin, dust off the boat, get into your seat and off we sail … 
First stop Vatican City, Rome, Italy:
Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. Within it, you will find the Sistine Chapel (click the link to view an interactive tour) where you will see the amazing frescos painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512.

Vatican City is one of the most unique places in the world thanks to the fact that it is the only nation state that is located within the boundaries of another nation - Italy. It is the main hub of the Roman Catholic Church and the home of the Pope. As a tourist destination, Vatican City is one of the most culturally rich places in Europe and is an important stop on your tour of Italy even if you are not a Catholic. To see everything in Vatican City requires more than just a couple of hours. Spending a full day exploring the riches that it has to offer is ideal.

If you only have time to do one thing I recommend the Sistine Chapel as it is Vatican City's most beloved and breathtaking attraction. This is where you'll find the famous frescoes painted by Michelangelo. {Webmaster note: I am working on expanding the section on the Sistine Chapel below}.

St. Peter's Basilica is one of the largest churches in the world and is a pilgrimage destination for Catholics around the world. Inside the basilica you'll find beautiful sculptures and monuments by Bernini like the high altar that reaches ten stories tall! If you have the energy and the time, climb the stairs to Michelangelo's dome of the basilica and take in the 360-degree views of Rome.
Note: The Vatican has posted a series of virtual tours that you should make sure to view!
The Vatican Museums contain the artwork that the Catholic Church and its many Popes have collected over the centuries. Here you'll find Renaissance masterpieces, classical sculptures, and so much more. I recommend taking an official tour of the museums to learn as much as you can about the pieces on display.

If you have the time, spend a while hanging out in St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro) enjoying the architecture, fountains, Egyptian obelisk (which is over 25 meters high) and people watching opportunities. (Note: St. Peter was the Catholic Church's first Pope and that's why so many things in Vatican City are named after him.) Don't forget to dress accordingly! It is not allowed to visit Vatican City with your shoulders or knees exposed so tank tops, miniskirts and shorts are out. Hats are also not allowed. They sell plastic wraps that you can use to cover yourself if you forget or don't have time to stop back at your hotel for a change of clothing. Photography is allowed as long as it is for personal use (but not in the Sistine Chapel). Flash photography and tripods and professional equipment are not allowed.

Look carefully, you’ll notice that most of the columns on the ceiling are not actual columns — they’re painted. The narrative begins at the altar and is divided into three sections. In the first three paintings, Michelangelo tells the story of The Creation of the Heavens and Earth:

More places to visit in the Eternal City