Urban Decay in Detroit

For the first half of the twentieth century, the city of Detroit enjoyed decades of prosperity and spectacular development driven by a booming motor industry. But since the 1950s, a succession of challenges – including economic recessions, competition from overseas…

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Wednesday, 6th June 2012

Welcome to Hel

They say hell is a pretty bad place to be, but this Hel is rather pleasant – at least in summertime. Poland’s Hel Peninsula is a 35-km (22-mile) long sand bar peninsula jutting into the Baltic Sea. Formerly used as a military installation due to its strategic location, today the peninsula is one of Central Europe’s most popular beach resort destinations.

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Wednesday, 30th May 2012

Population: One

Recently the town of Burford, Wyoming made the headlines when it was sold for $900,000, which isn’t a bad price for a town where only one person lives. This got me thinking – how many towns, villages, valleys and islands…

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2012

Spreepark: An abandoned German theme park

Today we continue our sporadic series touring the world’s most interesting abandoned places with Spreepark – an abandoned theme park in north Berlin with a fascinating story surrounding its fall from grace. In 1991, shortly after the re-unification of Berlin,…

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Tuesday, 20th March 2012

Abandoned Stadiums of the United States

Today, it’s the second part of Google Sightseeing’s tour of abandoned stadiums and arenas around the world. No country on Earth has more large arenas and stadiums than the United States, so it only fits that no country has more abandoned venues. There are so many abandoned stadiums in the US that they could fill countless pages; here are just a few of the many.

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Thursday, 1st December 2011

Skellig Islands (Island Week 6)

The Skellig Islands are located 13km of Ireland’s south west Kerry coast. In 1996 Skellig Michael was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site due to the presence of an early religious settlement, which due to the extreme remoteness of…

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Monday, 21st November 2011
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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

Train Hotels

A few years ago we took a detailed look at Canada’s Grand Railway Hotels (parts 1, 2, 3). To look…

On this day: Band Aid Recorded ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’

What is this non-descript building in north-west London, you ask? It just happens to be the studio where one of…

On this day: Doctor Who First Broadcast

Hello time-travellers… Today we’re visiting the Tardis to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the broadcast of the first episode of…

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