France

European Barge Lifting

Today we’re posting a roundup of the most interesting ways Europe has employed to get canal barges up-and-over stuff. The simplest method is of course a bridge, of which you can see several excellent examples in our previous post, A…

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Friday, 30th November 2007

It’s a Mystery

There’s a neat question mark, about 11m tall, drawn on the ground of a construction site in the city of Rennes, France. Of course, the question about this question is: why is it there? The “?” appears to be made…

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Wednesday, 24th October 2007

X-wing

12.5 metres (41 feet) in length, hyperspace capable, and with a top speed of 5,025 mph in atmosphere, the X-wing is of course the iconic starfighter first seen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, all the way back…

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Wednesday, 5th September 2007

More Puerile Roof Art

Actually, you could barely call this childish scrawl on the roof of a French University “art” (stop sniggering). By my calculations (yes, I measured), at around 7.7 metres this is actually the smallest of the penises so far found on…

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Friday, 24th August 2007

Superjumbo

Here in Toulouse, France, Google Earth finally gets its first glimpse of the largest passenger airliner in the world, the Airbus A380 “Superjumbo“. The A380 is a double-decker, four-engined aircraft which provides seating for 525 people in standard three-class configuration…

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Friday, 10th August 2007

It Must Be a Mirage…

No, you’re not seeing things. That really is a supersonic fighter aircraft parked in a university car park near Paris, France. Believe it or not, this isn’t entirely unheard of, as we’ve previously seen a MiG-21 in a shopping centre…

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Wednesday, 18th July 2007
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Le Circuit de Reims-Gueux

First used in 1926, le Circuit de Reims-Gueux was a French Formula One and sports car racing circuit built on the public roads between the villages of Gueux and Thillois. The circuit hosted its first French Grand Prix in 1932 and continued to hold the event until 1966. The track closed for good in 1972, but the roads are still in place, and many traces of the old circuit can still be found, including the pit stalls, paddock, and spectator bleachers.

Lærdalstunnelen, The World’s Longest Road Tunnel

Faced with the challenge of building a year-round road to connect Norway’s two largest cities (Bergen and Oslo), through a…

Airship Hangars Around The World

From the late 19th century to the period between the World Wars, hundreds of airship hangars were built in Western…

Hurtigruten (The Express Route)

Here at Google Sightseeing we love a chance to create a post about the scenic wonders of Norway1. Today we…

Floating Bridges

Floating bridges, while often temporary structures used in times of war or disaster, can also be used long-term in locations…

Recent Comments

  1. D. King: Apparently I was close, but still a bit off the mark. There IS a base on Lake Constance (Bodensee), but it...
  2. Bob: There is a Marine Corps air station with two dirigible hangars in Tustin, CA. https://maps.google.com/map...
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