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JoeDavola

Street View World Tour

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A thread to post up street view links to various parts of the world that you've been to and enjoyed.

Doesn't have to be anywhere impressive; it's often the less glamorous places that stick in our heads!

I started this topic because I enjoy revisiting places I've been to on google street view. You can not only re-visit the place you remember, you can take a virtual walk about and it often brings other memories back that you'd forgotten about.

For example, I spent a day in Long Branch, New Jersey about 5 years ago at the end of a holiday. I remember getting off the train and being faced with this dodgy looking area:

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@40.297615,-73.98756,102.06h,-4.2p,1z

I decided to walk up that street to the left that seems to go on forever...had no idea where I'd end up, but after not too long I ended up here:

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@40.302257,-73.978713,221.28h,1.55p,0.62z

I remember being surprised at how I'd gone from somewhere so rotten looking to somewhere so nice so quickly - seemed like a different town altogether - it was a clear sunny hot day so it looked better than it does on street view. I got an ice cream and then went for a walk on the beach wearing my stupid big duffle coat and carrying a massive backpack with all my luggage in it. I must have looked like a tramp.

Your turn now. Random corners of the world that you remember, bung them into https://www.instantstreetview.com and post the link up here.

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https://www.instantstreetview.com/@53.540907,-2.11137,6.25h,5p,1z

This was a snowy cold shithole when I first visited. Waited what seemed like weeks for  a bus home, it was only an hour and half really. 
Now it's a glamourous owl filled placethat's almost certainly still snowy and cold.

it has improved - https://www.instantstreetview.com/@53.541448,-2.111489,14h,3.88p,1z  moving slightly up the road triggers an older view.

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Yosemite was one of the most amazing places that I have visited. I went as a tourist but I regret that I never went there as a hiker or some other outdoor sporting activity - sort of place you need to go to numerous times to truly experience it I suspect.

So, an odd streetview but one which is incredibly stunning - Google did Yosemite and also did climbing El Capitan. It's a bit different than the usual streetview.

In the below link if you click on each image you can move around / rotate like you can in streetview. Some of the shots on the cliff face are amazing and breath-taking if you 'look down' or 'look up'.

There is in particular - Lynn Hill on the last pitch - which, if you look up, you wonder how on earth she is going to climb over the over-hang above her.

https://www.google.com/streetview/#yosemite

Or click this link and climb El Capitan photo by photo.

https://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/yosemite/embed/

 

 

I didn't realise that Google now has similar for a number of beautiful places around the world.

https://www.google.com/maps/about/treks/#/grid

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Trekking the arete to snowboard down the vallee blanche, Chamonix Mont Blanc.

Made my arse twitch a bit - big drop either side (there were ropes when I did it)

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@45.879438,6.887197,61.95h,-21.91p,1z

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@45.878912,6.888015,74.29h,-23.22p,1z,CkNN4qYpan20G1dHYmt4iA

 

Will be there again in 4 weeks. can't wait.

 

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1 minute ago, Reck B said:

Trekking the arete to snowboard down the vallee blanche, Chamonix Mont Blanc.

Made my arse twitch a bit - big drop either side (there were ropes when I did it)

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@45.878912,6.888015,74.29h,-23.22p,1z,CkNN4qYpan20G1dHYmt4iA

 

Will be there again in 4 weeks. can't wait.

 

O.o

I did striding edge a few days ago and thought that was slightly bum twitching...

I'll drop this one in. I spent many, many, many happy hours in this pub. Had some great times in here and made some lifelong friends.

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@51.764591,-1.26199,-158.73h,5p,1.69z

 

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6 minutes ago, Reck B said:

Trekking the arete to snowboard down the vallee blanche, Chamonix Mont Blanc.

Made my arse twitch a bit - big drop either side (there were ropes when I did it)

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@45.879438,6.887197,61.95h,-21.91p,1z

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@45.878912,6.888015,74.29h,-23.22p,1z,CkNN4qYpan20G1dHYmt4iA

 

Will be there again in 4 weeks. can't wait.

 

Is it any good to snowboard the Vallée Blanche? I've never done it, always thought it was a skiers day out as I heard there were long flat bits etc. I'm only an advanced beginner on skis, took it up to accompany my daughter so would prefer to do it on the board.

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2 hours ago, swissy_fit said:

Is it any good to snowboard the Vallée Blanche? I've never done it, always thought it was a skiers day out as I heard there were long flat bits etc. I'm only an advanced beginner on skis, took it up to accompany my daughter so would prefer to do it on the board.

The 'touristy' route I did is not the best for boarding (with the long flats) but I wanted to take in the ice falls, séracs etc, which is what it's all about I reckon. It's pretty damn amazing (and dangerous!) Get a guide if you do it!

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12 minutes ago, Reck B said:

The 'touristy' route I did is not the best for boarding (with the long flats) but I wanted to take in the ice falls, séracs etc, which is what it's all about I reckon. It's pretty damn amazing (and dangerous!) Get a guide if you do it!

Hmm maybe I'll improve my ski-ing a bit and do it that way, the snowboard is more fun off-piste anyway and it sounds like it would be dangerous. What level ski-ing do I need? I can get down a red run but not very elegantly.

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The google street view of Petra is amazing.  Never been there but looks a lot of hot and dusty walking - also thought that there was no place to run or hide if some nasty people decide to go on a kill Westerners spree. But Google does a very good job.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/petra/

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4 hours ago, WorkingPoor said:

Lets hope virtual holidays catch on, turn the heating up, get a few drinks in and go on holiday on 'tinternet. 

It's safe cheap & less hassle. 

I might visit Paris via VR

I'II post you some dog shit and aggressive North African migrants to make it a more authentic experience

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43 minutes ago, The Masked Tulip said:

The google street view of Petra is amazing.  Never been there but looks a lot of hot and dusty walking - also thought that there was no place to run or hide if some nasty people decide to go on a kill Westerners spree. But Google does a very good job.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/petra/

As long as you remember to spell Jehovah with an I, you'd probably be able to get away from them.

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2 minutes ago, Long time lurking said:

 

Lovely there. I was really ill the last time I visted there many years ago and could barely walk to the end of the harbour wall. Stupid me, when I got there I had to turn around and walk back. God, amazing how an image can bring back not just memories but also sensations. I can feel my chest locking up.

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The lighthouse at Donaghadee, Northern Ireland. We used to go up there when I was a toddler/young child, get some chips and go for a wee walk; I used to be able to fit through the railings around the lighthouse:

Lighthouse, chip shop and playground can all be seen here:

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@54.642692,-5.534681,59.62h,-0.25p,1z

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5 minutes ago, The Masked Tulip said:

 

Lovely there. I was really ill the last time I visted there many years ago and could barely walk to the end of the harbour wall. Stupid me, when I got there I had to turn around and walk back. God, amazing how an image can bring back not just memories but also sensations. I can feel my chest locking up.

Very true about an image bringing back sensations! The brain is so mysterious.

My street view image is of Plockton, Wester Ross in North West Scotland. About forty years ago I spent a fantastic week there with some friends in the cottage of a family friend.

The cottage was just out the village and high up looking down on the loch. It was regatta week, sunshine everyday and one of the best holidays I’ve ever had. Happy days back then before I discovered what the world was really like.

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@57.339655,-5.650499,177.11h,-20.84p,1z

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Just now, JoeDavola said:

That's a really beautiful spot, @Economic Exile.

If you’re ever going to Skye it’s well worth while IMO taking a short (about ten miles?) detour to visit Plockton. It’s quite “barren” countryside driving to it then you’re amazed when you get there. Stunning place with palm trees growing because it’s on the Gulf Stream. Well I think so! Sadly it’s full of holiday homes now but the week I stayed there it was mainly locals so good crack!

 

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12 minutes ago, Economic Exile said:

Very true about an image bringing back sensations! The brain is so mysterious.

My street view image is of Plockton, Wester Ross in North West Scotland. About forty years ago I spent a fantastic week there with some friends in the cottage of a family friend.

The cottage was just out the village and high up looking down on the loch. It was regatta week, sunshine everyday and one of the best holidays I’ve ever had. Happy days back then before I discovered what the world was really like.

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@57.339655,-5.650499,177.11h,-20.84p,1z

 

Were there midges there?

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Just now, The Masked Tulip said:

 

Were there midges there?

Yes. Fortunately midges don’t trouble me much. Probably because I smoke roll ups. Others at the cottage were using midge repellent that seemed to keep them at bay.

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Not on Street view but these are two class places in Jockland.

And this is the phone I took the pics on.:D

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Coming down Coire Fionne early morning at Glenshee. Random boarder going past I didn't know.

Me and my pal camping at Loch Brandy up from Glen Clova. Those are our tents.

No midges. Fucking Baltic :Old:

 

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