France

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

Synchrotrons

Synchrotrons are just a fancy type of particle accelerator. I’m not the world’s greatest physicist but, as far as I understand it, they are circular accelerators that use an electricity field to speed up sub atomic particles to something near…

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Tuesday, 8th May 2007

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

The best of Google Maps: Circles, Paintings, and Rude Messages

It’s often the simplest things that get the biggest laugh around here, and when we open the GSS suggestion box…

Rollercoaster Round-up!

We visited a number of amusement parks in the early years of Google Sightseeing, but with improved imagery and competition…

Airbus, Toulouse

In 2005, the aviation world’s eyes lit up with excitement when the first Airbus A380 took into the skies over…

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