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To celebrate International Mother Language Day1 Google Sightseeing has some really big news – today, for the first time we’re launching Google Sightseeing in a foreign language! Not only that but we’re launching two at the same time – French…

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Friday, 22nd February 2008

Land sailing

Although it appears to be one of the scariest sports in the modern world, land sailing (or land yachting) has apparently caught on in a big way on this beach in Malo Les Bains, near Dunkirk, France. The premise is…

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Tuesday, 29th January 2008

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

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: The Eiffel Tower Opened

On May 6, 1889, the Eiffel Tower was opened to the public. Serving as the entry gate to the World’s…

On this day: Napoleon Died In Exile on Saint Helena

On May 5, 1821, Napoleon died on Saint Helena. Following his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo six years earlier,…

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