California

Well if they’ve got one…

It’s tough keeping up with the Joneses… In this Californian community the latest trend is apprently having a tennis court in your back garden. It doesn’t seem that this is an isolated case either, tennis court communities are springing up…

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Friday, 18th November 2005

SS Palo Alto

Originally built for WWI (although not completed before the war ended), the SS Palo Alto is an oil tanker unusually built using concrete. After sitting in dock for years doing nothing Palo Alto was permanently grounded at Seacliff State Beach…

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Wednesday, 16th November 2005

Vincent Thomas Bridge

Spanning the LA Harbour is the Vincent Thomas Bridge. At full zoom the shadow on the striking green water gives a very good detail of the bridge’s shape. Thanks: Dan

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Friday, 21st October 2005

Sea Launch

The satellite launch system “Sea Launch” is moored in the Long Beach Harbor, Long Beach, California. Satellites are launched from the “Odyssey Launch Platform”, a semi-submersible former oil rig, after it has been towed out to the equator. The platform…

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Tuesday, 18th October 2005

The Getty Center

Stunning architecture here at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. Designed by architect Richard Meier and opened in 1997, the building is the current home of the J. Paul Getty Museum which exists to collect and exhibit classical and…

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Thursday, 13th October 2005

Rusty Tree Drawing?

Can anyone explain why someone has planted this rectangular-ish line of trees outside of Oakland, CA? And while we’re at it, what the heck is this? Thanks to Bob (Canadian) Thompson.

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Tuesday, 4th October 2005

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

Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

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