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The Kingdom of Bhutan

Thursday, 15th January 2015 by

The Kingdom of Bhutan has long held an air of mystery for many in the West. Isolated between India and China, and with restrictions on tourism and other foreign influences, this tiny nation (often considered to be the setting for the fictional land of Shangri-La) is far less well-known than other Himalayan countries. A few months ago, however, Google opened up the country via Street View, allowing us all to explore the many wonders of the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

On this day: Happy New Year!

With 2014 already over in some parts of the globe, it’s time to sing Auld Lang Syne and welcome 2015, The first spot on earth to see each new year is Millennium Island (formerly Caroline Island)…

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The Pearl-Qatar artificial island complex

Thursday, 13th November 2014 by

The Pearl-Qatar is a luxurious residential and resort development being constructed on a network of artificial islands in the waters north of the Qatari capital Doha.

Ghost Towns of Chile

Thursday, 23rd October 2014 by

In a country as large and historically rich as Chile, it’s no surprise that ghost towns abound throughout the country. Now with full Street View coverage throughout Chile, it’s time to take a peek at some of these fascinating lost communities.

The Sights and Mysteries of China’s Northern Deserts

Thursday, 9th October 2014 by

Back in 2012 we visited the Gobi Desert, but there are four smaller deserts to the south and west of it which are also well worth exploring. Travelling east to west, we begin with the Tengger Desert.

Large-Scale Sculptures by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

Friday, 19th September 2014 by

We’ve visited a handful of large-scale sculptures by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen in the past, but because we love them so much we thought we’d do a comprehensive round up of as many as possible, in roughly chronological order of their creation. Clothespin is an Oldenburg work in Philadelphia – one of several pieces in the city that this writer saw during a visit last year, the 13.7m (45′) weathered steel sculpture was erected in 1976.

Transporter Bridges

Thursday, 4th September 2014 by

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, almost two dozen transporter bridges were built around the world. They feature a high gantry – tall enough to allow ships to pass below – carrying a gondola to transport foot passengers and vehicles across a waterway. Less than ten survive, though not all are still in use. We’ll take a look at all of them, beginning with three in the UK, including the largest surviving example – the Newport Transporter Bridge which crosses the River Usk.

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The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind is an American architect known for his bold and unconventional designs for buildings which often significantly (and controversially)…

Trollstigen (Troll’s path)

In a country renowned for its natural beauty, one of the most spectacular landscapes is found along the Trollstigen (Troll’s…

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

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