Google Sightseeing: Fakin’ It!

The concept of a Potemkin village dates back to the late 18th century, when tales spread that the Russian military leader and governor Grigoriy Potyomkin (Potemkin) had ordered the construction of temporary, false-facaded ‘villages’ in his territory to impress visiting officials. The areas of the southern Russian Empire under Potyomkin’s governorship (‘New Russia‘, today’s southern…

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Google Sightseeing: Standing But Not Operating (Abandoned Theme Parks)

‘Standing but not operating’, or SBNO for short, is the term in the amusement industry for theme parks and rides that remain intact but are no longer in use. In my latest article over at Google Sightseeing, you’ll get a glance at some of these downtrodden wonders. For longtime TBG readers, Japanese Disneyland knock-off Nara Dreamland…

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Google Sightseeing: Grytviken

Way back in 2010, The Basement Geographer took a look at the abandoned whaling port of Grytviken on South Georgia, the world’s southernmost territorial capital. Now, thanks to the proliferation of Google Maps users uploading ‘photo spheres‘, we can examine parts of the old whaling station close up using Street View. It was natural to…

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Google Sightseeing: Lesotho, Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country (South Africa), the highest country on Earth (the lowest elevation in Lesotho is 1,400 m (4,593 ft) above sea level), and also carries the distinction of being one of the most deforested countries on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show…

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Google Sightseeing: The Wide World of Ice Hockey

If you’re a fan of ice hockey (in which case, you simply call it ‘hockey’), then April is when business really starts to pick each year. The Stanley Cup playoffs are just around the corner, and 16 qualifying teams will spend the next two months duking it out for hockey’s holy grail. What better time…

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Google Sightseeing: Midway Atoll

For my latest post at Google Sightseeing, we travel to one of the most remote places on Earth visited so far by the Google Street View camera: MIdway Atoll (you can view the article here).  Note that I wrote Midway Atoll, not ‘Midway Island’; there are actually three islands in the atoll. Sand Island, to…

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Google Sightseeing: The Crowsnest Pass

Those of you who read last autumn’s two-part article (Part I, Part II) on the various tragedies of Canada’s Crowsnest Pass may be interested in the Google Sightseeing post that goes along with it, which was posted today. While touching on some of the tragic history of the pass, the GSS post more focused on…

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Google Sightseeing: Fill ‘er Up!

As I mentioned today in the article on the Teapot Dome Service Station, I’ve just posted an article to Google Sightseeing loaded with all sorts of uniquely-designed roadside filling stations/gas stations (I couldn’t use the Teapot Dome in that article because Google Maps, sadly, has no imagery of it). If you’ve ever wanted to see…

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Google Sightseeing: Svalbard

As mentioned in our article on the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, this week saw the latest TBG article for Google Sightseeing commemorate the newly-released Google Street View imagery for the islands; the northernmost such imagery released to date (you can view the article here). The imagery begins in the picturesque world’s northernmost city, Longyearbyen…

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Google Sightseeing: Castles of Slovakia

As Google Sightseeing gears up for its annual Island Week later this month, I managed to sneak an article in under the wire.  Earlier this week, Slovakia became the 30th country with Google Street View roadside coverage, and so I jumped at the opportunity to write a post on some of the many medieval and…

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