19 Photos - Jun 4, 2012
Photo: Photo: Explore Pompeii!

I have a love for Google Street View and for architecture, street view is a perfect tool to help one study architecture and history and Google has many parts of Pompeii surveyed! You can see this exact spot right here: http://goo.gl/maps/NOuU

The city of Pompeii is a partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, Pompeii was partially destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
Pompeii was lost for nearly 1700 years before its rediscovery in 1748. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city during the Pax Romana. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with approximately 2,500,000 visitors every year. Read more about Pompeii: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pompeii

#GoogleStreetView  Photo: Montreal

I love exploring cities and architecture using Google Street View and this is one of my favourite spots in all of Montreal on the corner of Avenue Laval and Rue du Square Saint Louis on Square Saint-Louis. I love stone buildings and Quebec is loaded with them. I also find Quebec to have it's own style when it comes to ornamenting their buildings and you can frequently see castlations, turrets, towers, and iron staircases all hallmarks of Montreal throughout the city. Here's a link to this spot on Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/LFFC

#GoogleStreetView  Photo: Colmar, France

My obsession with Google Earth and Street View is never ending. I found this city near the border with Germany and I've been enjoying exploring it. You can read about the city here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colmar You can find this spot in Google Maps here: http://goo.gl/maps/awh8Photo: Besançon, France

Here's another place I've been exploring with Google Street View. I have loved the architecture in this city, it has so many stone buildings and I love stone buildings. You can read about Besançon, France here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Besan%C3%A7on and can find this spot in Google Maps here: http://goo.gl/maps/bNM9

#GoogleStreetView   #Architecture   #France  Photo: Dempster Highway, Northwest Territories

My love of Google Street View extends beyond just buildings, I also love to look at terrain. Here's way up in the Canadian Arctic, an area kind of mysterious to many. I love the colours and hills. This portion of the road is close to the Yukon border and this range is called the Richardson Mountains. You can find this spot in Google Street View here: http://goo.gl/maps/iLRt

#GoogleStreetView  Photo: Dempster Highway, Yukon Territory

I love Google Street View and I love the Dempster Highway, I believe it's the only road in Canada that goes up to the Arctic Ocean. It's such a different landscape around here. This part is around the Ogilivie Mountains and that's the Ogilivie River beside the road. You can find this spot on Google Maps here: http://goo.gl/maps/5J5V

#GoogleStreetView  Photo: Old Montreal

This is one of my favourite spots in Old Montreal on rue Saint-Paul, to the right is Bonsecours Market, opened in 1849 and briefly accommodated the Parliament of United Canada for one session in 1849. It was named after Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel which you can see standing in the background at the end of the market building. It was built in 1771 over the ruins of an older chapel. More about the market: http://goo.gl/A4dSy More about the Chapel: http://goo.gl/q1b26 You can find this spot on +Google Maps here: http://goo.gl/maps/MCv5

#GoogleStreetView  Photo: Somewhere in England

I have been into Google Street View for years now, for a long time I have been obsessively saving screenshots and here's one I found from a few years ago while going through my external hard drive. When I took this series of screenshots I was looking for picturesque scenes in the countryside and I feel that this one stood out from the others. I believe +Daria Musk is still somewhere on the other side of the pond right now.

#GoogleStreetView  Photo: Lake District, England

Here's another picturesque scene from the Lake District that I screen captured a couple of years ago. I definitely want to make it to this area someday, what part of the world do you want to visit in your life time?

#GoogleStreetView  Photo: Kuressaare, Estonia

Here's another one from Google Street View. I'm really excited that there is now Street View for both Estonia and Latvia, I'm excited to see what they will do next! I believe that down the street from here is a fort which you can see to the right in the screenshot. You can read more about this place here: http://goo.gl/VP61u You can find this spot in Google Maps here: http://goo.gl/maps/a9KO0 I'm currently hearing thunder and the pounding of rain.

#GoogleStreetView  Photo: Boucherville, Quebec

Here's a nice scene I came across of an old house in the area of Montreal. just across the river from this house is the East End of Montreal. The architecture in Quebec has fascinated me for a while now, it's a bit different than the rest of North America. In the old houses like this one they love high pitched roofs, and lots of dormers, it's not uncommon to see two rows of them on a roof. Many are in field stone like this one. You can find this spot in +Google Maps here: http://goo.gl/maps/ktb9V

#GoogleStreetView  Photo: Let's Put Together a Circle Share of People Who Explore the World on Google Earth/Maps/Street View!

I have a love for exploring the world and Google Earth and Google Street View help me visit places all over the world from the comfort of my home. I'm certain I can't be the only one who does this and since I like building communities on G+ I thought I should put together a Virtual Travelers Circle of people who also enjoy exploring the world and circle share it to help grow a community.

To be included in this circle you need to be nominated in this thread through a +mention or express interest in exploring the world online and you need to actually have public postings on your profile that are within a week old (can be posts of anything, just need to know the profile is in use).

The screenshot below is of Carcassonne, France which is a fortified town. You can find this spot on +Google Maps here: http://goo.gl/maps/U8RAk and you can read more about this place on Wikipedia here: http://goo.gl/Fam02

#GoogleStreetView  Photo: How Many Differences Can You See?

I was looking in the Nova Scotia Archives and I came across the image on the left below (http://goo.gl/65N93) estimated to have been taken in 1908 on Church Street in Pictou, Nova Scotia. So I decided to look for it on Google Street View and I believe I found the exact same spot on the right below (http://goo.gl/maps/snBao). It's interesting to see what has changed in more than 100 years. The house on the right is now missing a section of windows on the first and second floor, there's actually a patch of grass in front of the buildings, the dormers on the house second from the right are different, the whole street is now paved, the 4th and 5th buildings from the right seem to be gone... What else do you see has changed?

#GoogleStreetView   Photo: Cities Change with Time

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Cities change as people come and go, new technologies, new styles, new ideas, new economy, new ways of life.... I find it fascinating to stop and analyse the different reasons for buildings that have existed over time. The building on the right that has been intact since 1887 and still houses the municipal government of Halifax. It's interesting that the building that existed on the left in 1941 appears to have been larger than the one that sits there today. What do you notice?

The two photos on the left are from the Nova Scotia Archives and the image on the right I captured on Google Street View as seen from the corner of Argyle and George.

#History   #GoogleStreetView   #Comparison  Photo: Šibenik, Croatia

I'm really excited that they introduced Google Street View for Croatia. Lately I've been exploring the country and I've been enjoying this city on the Adriatic Sea. I like how buildings on such narrow streets give you the feeling that they are towering over you like skyscrapers. To me the overall character feels quite intimate and on a human scale. How do you guys feel about this kind of urban landscape?

Šibenik on +Google Maps
Šibenik on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%A0ibenik

#GoogleStreetView  Photo: Oh Boston, beautiful Boston, well Charleston actually, but close enough, and people who are apparently so excited to see and identify a Google Street View car they need to climb a street pole. How would you react to seeing a Google Street View car? You can see this spot in +Google Maps here: Charlestown, Boston, MA, United StatesPhoto: Passageways

I love these kinds of passageways. Made for horses to get in behind terraces and commercial buildings before the rise of the automobile. In the days when those kinds of things were swept to the back of buildings opposed to today's strip malls where you have a massive parking lot in front of an unassuming single story building somewhere out there in the distance. I feel like there's such a sense of human scale and usability in buildings like these. This one is located in Carlisle, Cumbria in Northern England. You can view it in +Google Maps here: Carlisle, United Kingdom

#GoogleStreetView  Photo: Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles

I was really excited when I realized Google had done street view imagery for some of the interior of the Palace of Versailles. The Hall of Mirrors is the central gallery of the Palace of Versailles and is renowned as being one of the most famous rooms in the world. As the principal and most remarkable feature of King Louis XIV of France's third building campaign of the Palace of Versailles 1678–1684. The principal feature of the hall is the seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows that overlook the gardens. Each arch contains twenty-one mirrors with a total complement of 357 used in the decoration of the galerie des glaces. The arches themselves are fixed between marble pilasters whose capitals depict the symbols of France. In the 17th century, mirrors were among the most expensive items to possess and at the time.

Read more on Wikipedia here: http://goo.gl/BLhZK
Explore more of Versailles on +Google Maps here: Versailles