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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

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

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Wednesday, 23rd 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

Svalbard

Located 400 km (640 mi) north of mainland Europe in the Arctic Ocean, the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is home to some of the northernmost settlements on Earth, including the world’s northernmost city. While 60 percent of Svalbard is covered in ice, that still didn’t stop the Street View team from exploring the stark beauty of the islands.

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Wednesday, 5th December 2012

The Principality of Andorra

Straddling the mountainous border between Spain and France, the tiny nation of Andorra is the sixth-smallest country in Europe, with an area of only 468km2 (181 sq miles). Although the satellite imagery is generally poor1, Google recently released Street View…

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Wednesday, 14th November 2012
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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