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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

The True Story of London Bridge

This rather innocuous-looking bridge over the River Thames is the latest in a long line of bridges to stand on this spot and lay claim to the name London Bridge. This current bridge opened in 1973, but a bridge has…

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Wednesday, 15th July 2009

Shiprocked on the Highway to Hell (Desert Week 2)

Welcome to the second annual GSS Desert Week! In time-honoured tradition, we’ll mostly be posting about deserts. For about a week! It appears that snow has fallen in hell! At least it has along “The Devil’s Highway“. Let’s take a…

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Friday, 19th June 2009

Top Ten Confusing Place Names

Following the example of Alex’s Rudest Place Names post, I hereby present my top ten confusing place names. For each of these sights, I picture a confused driver arriving in town, rolling down the car window and asking a passer-by …

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Tuesday, 10th March 2009

Weird Waterways

Today we have a trio of mysterious water-based sightings. First up, these strange pools in Arizona. With all the other weirdness in Arizona, these symbols could only be alien communications, right? The reality is that they were created by Forest…

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Tuesday, 24th February 2009

Merry Christmas!

It’s that time of year again when the team at Google Sightseeing take a well deserved bit of time off! For the next two weeks we only have a couple of posts planned, but we may still update our twitter…

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Wednesday, 24th December 2008
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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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