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Napoleon in Exile

When Napoleon’s reign over much of Europe came to an end in 1814, his opponents shipped him off to the Italian island of Elba. When Napoleon made his way back to France anyway and was deposed yet again, the British sent him to the remote Atlantic island of Saint Helena. Here are the various homes and locales Napoleon called home during his island imprisonments.

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Friday, 17th February 2012

Brayton Fire Training Field and Disaster City

In the city of College Station in Texas (part-way between Dallas and Houston) there is a scene of apparent disaster, with many burnt-out industrial facilities, collapsed buildings and train cars strewn asunder. However, they are all just simulations found in…

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Thursday, 12th January 2012

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

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

On this day: Blondin Crossed Niagara Gorge on a Tightrope

On June 30, 1859, The Great Charles Blondin became the first person to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope.…

On this day: The Battle of Berne

On June 27, 1954, a World Cup Quarter Final game between Hungary and Brazil turned ugly with increasingly aggressive play…

The World’s Longest Bridge

While we have looked at a number of very long bridges here on Google Sightseeing in the past1 generally they…

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