The toilet – home to some of humankind’s most intimate moments, and probably one of the last things you’d think you’d find on Google Maps (or think to look for, for that matter). One might be surprised, however, at just how many random toilets and toilet-related items are lying around on Google Maps. As part of our effort to maintain our highbrow credibility, we’ve collected a few for you here; it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it.
First used in 1926, le Circuit de Reims-Gueux was a French Formula One and sports car racing circuit built on the public roads between the villages of Gueux and Thillois. The circuit hosted its first French Grand Prix in 1932 and continued to hold the event until 1966. The track closed for good in 1972, but the roads are still in place, and many traces of the old circuit can still be found, including the pit stalls, paddock, and spectator bleachers.
Thursday, 21st April 2011
North Korea Uncovered was a massive collaborative effort between 2007 and 2009 to map out the reclusive country using Google Earth imagery. The project reveals thousands of landmarks across North Korea – everything from military bases to amusement parks, restaurants to statues, agriculture to gulags. It’s impossible to cover everything in this post, but here’s just a sliver of what the project revealed.
Monday, 11th April 2011
Stanley Park is the centrepiece attraction of the city of Vancouver, receiving eight million visitors each year. At exactly 1,001 acres, it is ten percent larger than New York’s Central Park. A mix of natural and man-made landscapes, the park is renowned for its temperate rainforest setting on a peninsula that juts into the Strait of Georgia.
Tuesday, 29th March 2011
As we around the world continue to acquire automobiles at a precipitous rate, we also have to build increasingly complex intersections to deal with the resulting traffic. Few places epitomise this movement more than the the massive, five-level High Five Interchange in Dallas, Texas, one of the most impossibly complex highway junctions you will ever see.
Tuesday, 22nd March 2011
More than three years in, the folks at Google have amassed a healthy roster of countries covered by Street View. Alas, there are still those places where the Street View cars must turn around at the border. Luckily, they often get close enough to at least give us a glimpse at what lies on the other side.
Tuesday, 15th March 2011
We continue our Street View barnstorming tour of Yukon today as we follow the cameras on their 417-mile (671 km) odyssey north along the beautiful, desolate Dempster Highway, built in 1979 to connect the remote Mackenzie Delta to the rest of Canada.
Tuesday, 1st March 2011
Best of Google Sightseeing
With springtime just around the corner (in the Northern hemisphere at least), some readers may be thinking about booking a…
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, villages were constructed by English industrialists and landowners to provide housing close to…