Google Sightseeing Awards 2010
Wednesday, 5th January 2011 by James Turnbull
As we wave farewell to another successful year of Google Sightseeing, let us cast our minds back to some of the best posts of 2010, all summarised neatly into some arbitrary made-up categories!
Most comprehensive sightseeing tour
We like to pretend a Google Sightseeing tour provides you with all you need to fully experience somewhere. To properly immerse yourself in this tour however, you really needed to read it whilst imbibing large quantities of single malt Scotch whisky.
Most utterly bizarre Street View sighting
Nearly a year later, and we still have absolutely no clue what to make of this. Just completely and utterly bizarre.
Tongue-in-cheek article unintentionally causing most offence
If only we’d known that people could get so touchy about a little detail like which is the world’s highest mountain!
Most architecturally interesting article
Despite some disagreement in the comments about exactly what kind of architecture Gaudi created, nobody denied his work’s artistic merit.
Greatest unsolved conspiracy
How did he know where the Street View cameras would be? Why did Google censor him? How fast can he drive the Top Gear test track in a Lego car? All these questions were asked and almost none were answered.
Most epic journey
Such an epic journey in fact, that even the thought of it exhausts us. Fortunately, Ian took us on a step-by-step guide of the whole thing on Google Street View.
Most disgusting thing ever
Many readers had apparently never heard of people leaving behind thousands and thousands of bits of old, chewed, synthetic rubber stuck to a wall in the name of “art”. Apparently those people were also blissfully happy in their ignorance.
Best previously poorly-visited sight revisited properly
The Hollywood Sign was one of the very first posts on Google Sightseeing, all the way back in April 2005. We didn’t say that much back then, so it was about time Kevin did a proper investigation into the story of this most iconic of landmarks.
Best Street View tour inside a volcano
Wouldn’t it be great if we’d had more than one tour on Street View inside a volcano? Well unfortunately we didn’t, but if we had, this from our fifth annual Volcano Week would definitely have won.
World’s smallest “x” award
A geographically unquestionable article from Basement Geographer Kyle, which pinpointed the world’s tiniest republic. (Before you ask, the Vatican doesn’t count as it’s a city-state and therefore its own capital).
Best tour of places you’ll never be allowed to go
A fascinating look inside some of the most top secret fake villages in the world! Yes, there are quite a few as it happens, but this is as close as you’re ever likely to get.
Best tour of somewhere that isn’t there anymore
OK, so there’s some ruins there, but there isn’t all that much to see really – however Noel did a great job of bringing these ancient relics to life.
People we’d least like to live next to
Of course we applaud their undiminishing dedication to their own personal causes, but honestly, would you want to live next door?
Most terrifying top 3
Working in the aerospace industry, Chris knows his airports, and for this post he managed to find three runways which would clearly be absolutely terrifying to land on!
Best local’s guide
What guest geographer Tom doesn’t know about Washington D.C. probably isn’t to do with Geography. What he does know however, is everything odd about it that is.
Most unbelievable story
Just as in 2009, our April Fools post was the most viewed article of the entire year. Which probably tells us we shouldn’t bother trying to write factual articles, but we’ve decided to ignore the evidence and continue bringing you real sightseeing for 2011.
Most of the time.