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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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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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