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Distilleries of Islay

Fans of single-malt scotch whisky associate single malts from the Isle of Islay in Scotland with bold and peaty flavors. Not every whisky produced on the island is heavily peated, but that’s the signature flavour of the distilleries along the…

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Thursday, 2nd September 2010

Airport Emergency Training Locations

As a moderately frequent flyer, I enjoy looking out for fire and emergency training locations at airports. It’s fascinating because, for anybody who is even vaguely nervous about flying, the sight of a twisted and charred fuselage is probably the…

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Friday, 27th August 2010

Google Street View uncovers death, idiocy, incompetence and supernatural powers

Last week newspaper websites across the world published a story about a young girl who appeared to be lying dead on the pavement of an English street, proving that the worldwide fascination with Google Street View continues unabated. Fortunately the…

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Wednesday, 18th August 2010

Masonic Temples Around the World

Freemasonry is the world’s largest and oldest fraternity. It’s also sort of hard to define. It’s a fraternal organisation, but it’s also bound up with ideas of morals, charity, and social gatherings.1 For centuries, Masons have taken pride in constructing…

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Friday, 23rd July 2010

New GSS design launched!

After what feels like months of work1, we’ve finally launched our brand new design for Google Sightseeing (14 weeks after we originally planned to launch it, on our 5th birthday). Today we’re very proud to bring the new design to…

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Friday, 23rd July 2010

What’s Going On Here?

Question: What would a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) car be doing in Croydon, UK with a man fixed on its roof and a giant hand spanking him on the rear? Getting on Google Sightseeing of course! According to GSS…

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Wednesday, 12th May 2010

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

Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

Recent Comments

  1. Ionut: This type of geography is very atractive. We can descover many interesting places because of you.
  2. criticalmass: Every day I get this as an update – and every day starts with a song… [HER:] They say we’re...
  3. Wayne: I’ve taken one of those half-day tours to Niihau. The helicopter company, owned by the Robinson family,...
  4. Jel: And that’s not to mention the Dutch 11-towns race, when and if it gets cold enough – nigh on 200km....
  5. Andrew Thielmann: Not longest skating anymore: the skating trail on the lake in Invermere (lat/lng:50.493583,...

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