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Ontario’s namesakes

As Canada is a relatively young country, many of its towns and cities were named by immigrants wanting to retain memories of their homelands. This can quite often lead to amusing comparisons between the original location and the (usually smaller)…

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Thursday, 10th November 2011

Fetlar: The Garden of Shetland

One of the most remote places in all of Great Britain is the isle of Fetlar, known as the ‘Garden of Shetland’. The fourth-largest island of Shetland and surrounded by cliffs and beaches, sparsely-populated Fetlar has a population of just 70 residents.

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Thursday, 7th July 2011

6 Years of Google Sightseeing

Unbelievably (for us at least) today is the sixth anniversary of the the first ever post on Google Sightseeing, which was an aerial view of a MIckey Mouse-shaped lake at Disney World, Florida1. We’re very glad to still be here,…

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Wednesday, 6th April 2011

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

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
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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…

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