France

Trick of the Eye (Trompe l’oeil)

Trompe-l’œil, or Trick of the Eye, is a long-established art technique where an artist uses very realistic imagery to create the illusion that the things shown in the image are actually three dimensional. The technique has been popularised on the…

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Wednesday, 17th February 2010

Monumental Wannabes

If you’ve ever dreamt of travelling the world to see the world’s most famous landmarks, but couldn’t afford to finance the big trip, perhaps you might consider visiting one of the many not-so-famous sites that attempt to replicate those better-known…

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Wednesday, 6th January 2010

Rance Tidal Power Plant

The world’s first and largest tidal power generation facility is located on the Rance River in north-western France. The estuary of the Rance River sees tides averaging 8 metres between low and high tide, and up to 13.5 metres in…

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Wednesday, 9th December 2009

Saint Pierre & Miquelon (Island Week 4)

It’s Island Week 4 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. For about a week. The last remaining fragments of the formerly immense French Empire in North America are the islands which make up the Territorial…

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Wednesday, 30th September 2009

AZF Explosion

8 years ago today, on 21 September 2001, a huge explosion occurred in the AZF (AZote Fertilisant – nitrogen fertiliser) factory in Toulouse, France. Three hundred tonnes of ammonium nitrates blew up, creating a 200 m wide crater up to…

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Monday, 21st September 2009

A Trio of Tripoints

A tripoint is a geographical location where three borders meet – most notably those of different countries, but also (to a lesser extent) counties, states, provinces, etc. While many of the world’s 157 national tripoints are located in the middle…

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Wednesday, 12th August 2009
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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...
  3. Ian: Thanks Tammo – I was aware of it but didn’t include it because it’s not visible.
  4. Ian: Excellent, thanks for all the links everyone!
  5. Tammo: Best Streetview of the one in Sicily is probably from across the water: https://www.google.com/maps...

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