Isla Mujeres (Island Week 5)

Cozumel may be the best-known island off the coast of the Yucatán, but Isla Mujeres rivals—if not surpasses—the beauty of that vacation destination. As this sign will tell you, Isla Mujeres is the easternmost point of Mexico. In fact, it’s…

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Wednesday, 29th September 2010

Distilleries of Islay

Fans of single-malt scotch whisky associate single malts from the Isle of Islay in Scotland with bold and peaty flavors. Not every whisky produced on the island is heavily peated, but that’s the signature flavour of the distilleries along the…

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Thursday, 2nd September 2010

Capulin Volcano National Monument (Volcano Week 5)

The solitary road that leads to the top of Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeast New Mexico curves gracefully around to the top of the crater. Capulin Volcano is an almost-perfect cone-shaped inactive volcano that rises more than 300 metres…

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Wednesday, 4th August 2010

Masonic Temples Around the World

Freemasonry is the world’s largest and oldest fraternity. It’s also sort of hard to define. It’s a fraternal organisation, but it’s also bound up with ideas of morals, charity, and social gatherings.1 For centuries, Masons have taken pride in constructing…

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Friday, 23rd July 2010

The World’s Largest Desert: Antarctica

When one thinks of Antarctica, the word “desert” probably does not come immediately to mind. We think of deserts as hot, sandy, sun-drenched places. However, the technical definition is just a place that receives very little precipitation, less than 250…

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Wednesday, 23rd June 2010

Exploring Hong Kong with Google Street View (Part 2)

In our previous exploration of Hong Kong, we looked at how a map of Hong Kong doesn’t give you a good sense of the city’s terrain. There are lots of islands, lots of hills and mountains, scattered neighbourhoods, and plenty…

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Tuesday, 15th June 2010
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

On this day: Fire at Weston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier

On July 28, 2008, the Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare burned down. This classic seaside icon dates from 1904 but had…

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…

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