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

St Petersburg UNESCO World Heritage Site – Part One: The Historic Centre

One of the world’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Sites encompasses dozens of locations in and around the Russian city of St Petersburg. In later posts we’ll visit the outlying forts and country palaces, but first we’ll explore some of the…

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Tuesday, 8th 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

The most globally photographed man on Street View

There are around 6.98 billion people in the world, and at least a few million of them have been photographed by Google’s Street View cameras as they captured 48 different countries and regions. But today I’d like to draw your…

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Friday, 7th December 2012

Svalbard

Located 400 km (640 mi) north of mainland Europe in the Arctic Ocean, the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is home to some of the northernmost settlements on Earth, including the world’s northernmost city. While 60 percent of Svalbard is covered in ice, that still didn’t stop the Street View team from exploring the stark beauty of the islands.

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Wednesday, 5th December 2012

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.

Could you be one of our authors? We're looking for more freelance writers - please get in touch for more information.

Previously on Google Sightseeing

World’s Largest Graffiti? Not even close.

Doing the rounds on the mainstream sites this week has been the story of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan…

The Street Art of Newtown, Sydney

Newtown is an inner suburb of Sydney, New South Wales and is one of that city’s major cultural and artistic centres. The suburb is renowned for its graffiti and street art, and since the 1980s all sorts of murals, drawings and paintings, both legal and illegal, have been popping up all over the neighbourhood.

South Sudan

It’s not every day that a new country is created, but that’s what happened on July 9th 2011 when The…

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