Google Ice View (Rideau Canal Skateway)

Each winter, 7.8km (4.8miles) of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa freezes into what is dubbed the World’s Largest Skating Rink – the Rideau Canal Skateway. Located in the capital of Canada, anyone can lace up a pair of skates and…

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Wednesday, 11th February 2015

The Kingdom of Bhutan

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…

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Thursday, 15th January 2015

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) in Kiribati, though it…

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Wednesday, 31st December 2014

On this day: Merry Christmas!

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house … all the people were clicking on Google Sightseeing … with their mouse. Apologies for the awful rhyme, but we’ve got a long history of Christmas posts, including the World’s…

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Wednesday, 24th December 2014

On this day: annual celebration of grid-based word puzzles (9,3)

That’s right – today is Crossword Day! Whether you prefer cryptic, quick, diagramless, or the countless other variations, it’s a day to celebrate crosswords in all their forms. You’ll need a really big pen (oh, and a knowledge of the…

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Sunday, 21st December 2014

On this day: Last Recorded Eruption of Mount Fuji

The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji started on this day in 1707. The eruption lasted for a couple of weeks and formed a new peak and crater on the south-eastern flank of the mountain. Despite regular seismic activity in…

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Tuesday, 16th December 2014
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

On this day: The Corinth Canal Opened

On July 25, 1893, the Corinth Canal in Greece opened. Envisioned for millennia, the waterway was cut through rock to…

On this day: The Menin Gate Was Unveiled

On July 24, 1927, the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing was unveiled in Ypres, Belgium. The Gate commemorates soldiers…

Top Ten World’s Tallest Statues

The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11…

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  3. Wayne: I’ve taken one of those half-day tours to Niihau. The helicopter company, owned by the Robinson family,...
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