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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.

On this day: Dresden Frauenkirche was Reconsecrated

On October 30, 2005, Dresden Frauenkirche was reconsecrated. Destroyed during WWII, the ruins were left as a memorial by then East German leaders, though it was rebuilt after reunification. For a more detailed history see our…

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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.

My 200th Post – A Look Back

Friday, 22nd August 2014 by

Almost six years ago I wrote a brief article for Google Sightseeing. Today marks my 200th full-length post, so I’m indulging myself with a look back at a few of my personal favourites. My first post was about the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a city I had recently visited. The satellite imagery is different but not really improved since that first post.

The New Seven(ish) Wonders of the World

Friday, 15th August 2014 by

At the turn of the millennium, an effort was launched by a Swiss foundation to identify the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’, through a “decidedly unscientific” polling method allowing the public to vote – online or by phone – for their favourites from 200 locations. Among the many criticisms the campaign faced was the fact that the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World should have to compete alongside much newer sites. As a result, the Great Pyramid of Giza (Photosphere by Andrey Ilyin) was granted an honorary place on the list, meaning that eight locations were eventually chosen.

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