Islands

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

Ringing In 2012 Around the World

As we ring in 2012 here at Google Sightseeing, we know that you, too, are celebrating the New Year. Of course, depending on where you are around the globe, you’re celebrating it at very different times – sometimes more than a day apart! With that in mind, here’s your guide to the first – and the last – places on Earth to enter 2012.

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Monday, 9th January 2012

Greenland (Island week 6)

It’s surprises me that in 6 years of island-themed posts, and our frequently-documented obsession with all things “largest”, that the Google Sightseeing team have yet to feature Greenland1, the largest of all islands. At its most northerly point Greenland is…

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Friday, 25th 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

Uunartoq Qeqertaq (Island Week 6)

We often hear that global warming and rising sea levels will lead to the disappearance of low-lying islands such as the Maldives. However, climate change is also having the opposite effect – revealing islands that were previously unknown. The most…

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Tuesday, 22nd 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
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