Google Sightseeing: Top 10 Crazy European Buildings; Sanzhi’s UFO Houses

In my latest article for Google Sightseeing, I decided to take a look at some of Europe’s wackier buildings as caught on Street View and Yandex Maps Panorama. In it, you’ll see such oddities as a building with walls shaped like bar codes, a house that looks likes it’s melting, and the most famous building…

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Revisiting Brasilia

The Basement Geographer is back again with another article on Google Sightseeing. This week, thanks to the new Street View and 45° imagery released at the end of July throughout Brazil, we decided to revisit one of the greatest civil engineering projects of all time – the city of Brasilia. You can read the article…

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Google Sightseeing’s Volcano Week

It’s the seventh annual Volcano Week over at Google Sightseeing, and TBG’s contribution this year is an article on one of the world’s longest volcanic chains, the Northern Mariana Islands. It’s an archipelago that often gets overlooked when talking about major volcanoes, but volcanoes in the northern portions of the Marianas are very much active;…

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Google Sightseeing: San Marino

The latest Basement Geographer article for Google Sightseeing takes a look at the newly-released Street View imagery for San Marino.  Surrounded entirely by central Italy in the Apennine mountains about 10 km (6 mi) from the Adriatic coast, San Marino is one of the smallest countries in world at a mere 61 km2 (24 sq mi).  It is also…

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Google Sightseeing: Dubious Deserts

Over at Google Sightseeing, it’s one of the biggest weeks on the calendar as this week marks the fifth annual Desert Week.  With a nod to our look at the Carcross Desert a few weeks ago, The Basement Geographer’s contribution to this year edition is a tour of a few more of the world’s-deserts-that-aren’t-actually-deserts.  As…

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Google Sightseeing: Welcome to Hel

In my latest article at Google Sightseeing, viewers are treated to a short tour of Hel – that is to say, Poland’s Hel Peninsula, a sand bar peninsula on the Baltic Sea coast that serves as a major tourist resort and whose millennium-old name bears no etymological relation to the English word ‘hell’.  Still, despite…

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Google Sightseeing: Top Ten Northernmost Items on Google Maps

If nothing else, Google Sightseeing loves superlatives.  Articles on items that are the largest, the smallest, the funniest, or the strangest are always popular topics.  In my latest GSS article, the list of superlatives on the website gets added to with a list of ten items seen on Google maps that can be called the…

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Google Sightseeing: Street View Competitors

I grew up in the West Kootenay, a unique region of Canada where both French and Russian are taught in the public school system as second languages of instruction thanks to the tens of thousands of people who descend from the thousands of Russian Doukhobors who arrived in the region between 1908 and 1912.  I…

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Google Sightseeing: Einstein is Everywhere

Happy Einstein Day, everyone! On this, the 133rd birthday of the legendary theoretical physicist whose name has become literally synonymous with genius (or with sarcasm towards imbecilic actions), I saw it fitting to compose an Albert Einstein-related Google Sightseeing article you can enjoy here.  It’s stunning how co-opted Einstein’s visage has become within popular culture,…

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