Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Google Earth Addict

Hi, my name is Linda, and I'm a Google Earth addict. I can easily waste away any available increment of free time "traveling" to exotic or not-so-exotic places on this fascinating planet, via Google Earth.

I started out visiting great wonders of the world - the Giza Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Red Square, the Grand Canyon, even Disney World! Then I began exploring wild places - Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, the Amazon jungle. It's all there, photographed from satellites, in high resolution images. You can "fly" over the landscape to get the big picture, or zoom in close enough to see people standing in line at the Eiffel Tower!

The Pyramids at Giza

The Eiffel Tower

Tired of going where all the tourists go? Take a peek at the English countryside, or the streets of a small town in Australia. Have you ever wanted to really "see" the Dutch dikes you read about in your fourth grade geography books? Well, then, take a tour of Kinderdijk, Holland. Isn't it a beautiful place?!

Kinderdijk, Holland

And zoom in closer to the ground, in Holland, and you will even spot some of their famous windmills.

Have you ever wondered what your friends' neighborhood looks like? Just feed Google Earth their address and "fly over" for a visit! And if looking straight down on a location doesn't satisfy your curiosity, you can tilt the view to see the elevations! Here's a view of the scenery surrounding the home of a some friends of mine.

Any of my readers recognize this "neighborhood"?

Yes, my name is Linda, and I'm a Google Earth addict. But I don't want to recover. Does anyone want to join me on a trip around the world? (If you'd like to download Google Earth - it's free - right here - and, in case you're wondering, I'm not on their payroll; I'm just a fan.)


Anonymous said...

That was very funny...and fun.

No 12 Step Program for you, huh?

It's very pretty but I don't think that was my neighborhod that was featured this week.



Anonymous said...

Auke (like a Brit would pronounce Hawk) Bay, Alaska. I advised CNN the correct way to say it when their cruise ship fire story ran a few years back; I also said that lots more people would relate to this location if they instead said ten miles north of Juneau.


Linda said...

Bingo! You win, Mike. My readers, Bea and "the girls", both live within the scope of this Google Earth screen capture. Wave "hi" to them! (And Mike lives only a short distance away.)

What's that, Mike? You want to know what you won? A free trip, via Google Earth, to ... Oslo, Norway.

Anonymous said...

Oooooh... so THAT'S Where it is...R U sure??

Testing, testing, 1,2,3...

Well, OK, let's just put it to the test...at a preappointed and closely calculated time...of course, taking into account the time differences and the curvature of the earth and varying weather predictions and forecasts and global atmospheric gases interfering and notwithstandingthefact that we in ??? are totally under flood waters
blub as I write...I will run out to my front yard and wildly wave my arms to you as you watch on Google Earth.

Wait a minute..we are under flood waters here....Linda, you will have to run out to YOUR front yard and jump and wave YOUR arms. I will let you know as soon as I "spot" you.

Stay tuned...scientific test results and pics will be posted.

Googlehead G.