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Rollercoaster Round-up!

We visited a number of amusement parks in the early years of Google Sightseeing, but with improved imagery and competition amongst parks leading to the construction of many spectacular new attractions over the past few years, this seems like a…

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Thursday, 26th September 2013

Standing But Not Operating: Abandoned Theme Parks

‘Standing but not operating’ (SBNO) is the term applied to amusement parks and amusement rides that have been abandoned by their owners but remain structurally intact. Not only are abandoned amusements favourites among urban the urban exploration crowd, SBNOs also make for great Google Sightseeing!

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Wednesday, 14th August 2013

Sculptures by Jonathan Borofsky

Jonathan Borofsky (b. 1942) is an American sculptor and printmaker who is best known for his Hammering Man series of kinetic sculptures which are installed in various cities around the world (some of which we visited briefly in 2006). Today,…

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Wednesday, 13th February 2013

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

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Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

Sound Sculptures

While most visual artwork is intended to please the eye, some artists strive to reach the other senses as well.  Some of them create large-scale sculptures which create sounds from natural sources – generally wind or water. Our first example…

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Wednesday, 16th January 2013

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

To celebrate the holiday season this year we’ll take a look at Christmas Trees, whose “leaves are so unchanging. Not only green when summer’s here, but also when ’tis cold and drear”1. In the United States, an estimated 31 million…

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Wednesday, 19th December 2012
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Le Circuit de Reims-Gueux

First used in 1926, le Circuit de Reims-Gueux was a French Formula One and sports car racing circuit built on the public roads between the villages of Gueux and Thillois. The circuit hosted its first French Grand Prix in 1932 and continued to hold the event until 1966. The track closed for good in 1972, but the roads are still in place, and many traces of the old circuit can still be found, including the pit stalls, paddock, and spectator bleachers.

Lærdalstunnelen, The World’s Longest Road Tunnel

Faced with the challenge of building a year-round road to connect Norway’s two largest cities (Bergen and Oslo), through a…

Airship Hangars Around The World

From the late 19th century to the period between the World Wars, hundreds of airship hangars were built in Western…

Hurtigruten (The Express Route)

Here at Google Sightseeing we love a chance to create a post about the scenic wonders of Norway1. Today we…

Floating Bridges

Floating bridges, while often temporary structures used in times of war or disaster, can also be used long-term in locations…

Recent Comments

  1. D. King: Apparently I was close, but still a bit off the mark. There IS a base on Lake Constance (Bodensee), but it...
  2. Bob: There is a Marine Corps air station with two dirigible hangars in Tustin, CA. https://maps.google.com/map...
  3. Ian: Thanks Tammo – I was aware of it but didn’t include it because it’s not visible.
  4. Ian: Excellent, thanks for all the links everyone!
  5. Tammo: Best Streetview of the one in Sicily is probably from across the water: https://www.google.com/maps...

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