Europe

St Petersburg UNESCO World Heritage Site – Part Two: Forts and Fortresses

Continuing our exploration of one of the world’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Sites, we’ll visit some of the structures built to defend the Russian city of St Petersburg over the past few centuries, beginning with the area of the Baltic…

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Wednesday, 5th June 2013

Portmeirion & The Prisoner

Portmeirion is a small resort village in North Wales famous for its Italianate architecture, and for being the setting for a sinister late-1960s TV show called The Prisoner, which starred Patrick McGoohan as “Number Six”. Portmeirion was created by Sir…

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Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Rozenburg Wind Wall

The Netherlands is renowned for being a very flat1 and windy country. In the western town of Rozenburg the strong sea winds created problems for shipping on an important canal, so a unique2 solution was created – a 1.75km long…

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Body being dumped into a Dutch canal, caught on Google Maps

We’re not sure what’s going on here, but it sure does look like someone (or perhaps a pair of someones) has dragged a bloody corpse along this pier in order to dump it into this Dutch canal. Does anyone want…

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Monday, 15th April 2013

The Wide World of Ice Hockey

It’s April, and that means ice hockey fans around the world are gearing up for the highlight of the year, the National Hockey League (NHL)’s playoffs for the Stanley Cup, which teams have been competing for since 1892. From its…

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Thursday, 11th April 2013

England’s Model Villages

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, villages were constructed by English industrialists and landowners to provide housing close to factories or estates for the workers and their families. One of the most well known is Saltaire in West Yorkshire,…

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Tuesday, 5th March 2013

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

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: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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  3. Wayne: I’ve taken one of those half-day tours to Niihau. The helicopter company, owned by the Robinson family,...
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