Buildings

Celebration: The town that Disney built

In the mid-1990s Disney took a break from theme-park development and diversified into town-building. The result was a Florida town called Celebration. A short drive from Walt Disney World1 brings us to the community’s welcoming entrance, where the sign gives…

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Tuesday, 29th November 2011

Unguja, Zanzibar (Island Week 6)

The name ‘Zanzibar’ evokes an air of exotic wonder. For thousands of years, this archipelago off the coast of East Africa has been the continent’s gateway to Asia and the Middle East. Over the centuries, great empires such as Sumeria,…

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Wednesday, 23rd November 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

2012 London Olympics Preview

With around 250 days until the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, this seems like a good opportunity for a quick preview of the venues that will be used for the 26 different sports. A number of new…

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Tuesday, 15th November 2011

Ontario’s namesakes

As Canada is a relatively young country, many of its towns and cities were named by immigrants wanting to retain memories of their homelands. This can quite often lead to amusing comparisons between the original location and the (usually smaller)…

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Thursday, 10th November 2011

Valleys of Valais: Lötschental and Belalp

The Street View trike’s been at it again, this time in the Swiss Alps visiting the slopes of eleven different alpine resort areas to put you right in the middle of slopes of famed ski resorts, towering mountains, and bucolic trails. Join us for a look at two beautiful valleys in the canton of Valais that surround the largest glacier in the Alps.

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Friday, 14th October 2011

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

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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