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Garlic?!

Written on the ground beside the runway of an old World War 2 airfield is the most bizarre large type yet: “Garlic?!“. This airfield used to be RAF Hibaldstow, which has been inactive since 1947. Currently the site is used…

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Tuesday, 21st August 2007

English Chalk Figures

Along with the more modern pastime of making crop circles, etching chalk figures into the side of hills seems to be a peculiarly English obsession. The Uffington White Horse is the confirmed oldest of the many chalk figures in England,…

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Thursday, 16th August 2007

Athens Imposters

There are 21 cities worldwide that have at sometime been nick-named “Athens of the (something)“. However, two of these cities have taken the name even further and built replicas of Athens’ most famous landmark, the Parthenon. Nashville, Tennessee acquired the…

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Monday, 13th August 2007

Missed the Turn

When it was opened in 2001, Rockingham Motor Speedway was Britain’s first purpose built racetrack in almost a hundred years. On the day the Google Earth photograph was taken the stands are all empty, so we can see who sponsors…

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Monday, 6th August 2007

Strategically Positioned Crop Circles

Here’s a nice new crop circle we haven’t seen before, south of Leeds, England, and handily for drivers who might be fans of crop art, this is right next to the M1 motorway. Funnily enough, the M1 seems to be…

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Saturday, 4th August 2007

House in the Clouds

This is the fantastic House in the Clouds in Thorpeness, England, which was built in 1923 and functioned as the town’s water tower1 for the next 40 years. It originally held 189 kilolitres (~50,000 gallons) of water, and was designed…

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Friday, 3rd August 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

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.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

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…

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