France

On this day: First Person to Swim the English Channel

On August 25, 1875, Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, from Dover to Calais. His second attempt at the feat took him close to 22 hours, and while a straight-line swim would have…

Posted by
Monday, 25th August 2014

On this day: The Mona Lisa Was Stolen

Call Inspector Clouseau! On August 21, 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. The case was a mystery for two years until the thief (a museum employee who believed the painting belonged in Italy) was discovered when attempting…

Posted by
Thursday, 21st August 2014

Europe’s Five Highest Paved Roads

Europe plays host to some of the planet’s most breathtaking mountain vistas. Much of this wonderful scenery is accessible relatively easily by vehicle – and therefore by Street View! In this entry, we count down the five highest paved roads on the continent.

Posted by
Thursday, 31st July 2014

On this day: The Arc de Triomphe Was Inaugurated

On July 29, 1836, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated after a lengthy construction process. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and an eternal flame are found beneath the arch. With twelve roads radiating from the monument, the traffic around…

Posted by
Tuesday, 29th July 2014

On this day: Jacques-Germain Soufflot Was Born

On July 22, 1713, French architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot was born. He is best known for designing a Church originally dedicated to St Genevieve, but which later became the Panthéon, a secular temple where distinguished French citizens are interred. Residents include…

Posted by
Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

Natural Arches

Natural arches – also known as natural bridges – are formed when relatively soft rock is worn away by the action of tides, rivers or weather erosion, leaving behind a bridge-like structure of harder rock. Although there are thousands around…

Posted by
Wednesday, 16th July 2014
Page 1 of 1912345678910...Last »

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.

Could you be one of our authors? We're looking for more freelance writers - please get in touch for more information.

Previously on Google Sightseeing

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…

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

Piton de la Fournaise (Volcano Week 7)

On the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, there are two volcanoes: Piton des Neiges has been inactive for…

Recent Comments

  1. Ian Brown: Thank you folks!
  2. Tammo: Thanks for the hours of interesting entertainment you have provided and continue to provide :)
  3. Alex Turnbull: What a milestone! Huge congratulations Ian, it’s been a pleasure working with you. I’d...
  4. Kyle Kusch: Congratulations, Ian! You set an excellent standard for this site and every post is very much...
  5. Tom Geller: I just wanted to be the first to offer my congratulations on your anniversary. This site is still one of...

Advertisement