Sochi Winter Olympics Preview

February 7th marks one year until the opening ceremony1 of the 22nd Winter Olympics, taking place in Sochi in Russia’s far southwest. with the 11th Winter Paralympics starting a month later. We’ll preview the eleven competition venues, beginning with the…

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Thursday, 7th February 2013

Ancient Rome

To follow on from our recent tour of the Via Appia Antica, we’ll move into the centre of Rome to visit some of the most important locations of this ancient city. Google’s imagery has improved considerably since we visited the…

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Wednesday, 6th February 2013

Sound Sculptures

While most visual artwork is intended to please the eye, some artists strive to reach the other senses as well.  Some of them create large-scale sculptures which create sounds from natural sources – generally wind or water. Our first example…

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Wednesday, 16th January 2013

St Petersburg UNESCO World Heritage Site – Part One: The Historic Centre

One of the world’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Sites encompasses dozens of locations in and around the Russian city of St Petersburg. In later posts we’ll visit the outlying forts and country palaces, but first we’ll explore some of the…

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Tuesday, 8th January 2013

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

To celebrate the holiday season this year we’ll take a look at Christmas Trees, whose “leaves are so unchanging. Not only green when summer’s here, but also when ’tis cold and drear”1. In the United States, an estimated 31 million…

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Wednesday, 19th December 2012

Train Hotels

A few years ago we took a detailed look at Canada’s Grand Railway Hotels (parts 1, 2, 3). To look at things from the opposite perspective, there are a surprising number of train carriages around the world which serve as…

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Wednesday, 28th November 2012

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

World’s Largest Graffiti? Not even close.

Doing the rounds on the mainstream sites this week has been the story of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan…

The Street Art of Newtown, Sydney

Newtown is an inner suburb of Sydney, New South Wales and is one of that city’s major cultural and artistic centres. The suburb is renowned for its graffiti and street art, and since the 1980s all sorts of murals, drawings and paintings, both legal and illegal, have been popping up all over the neighbourhood.

South Sudan

It’s not every day that a new country is created, but that’s what happened on July 9th 2011 when The…

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