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Google Maps Street View

Now, I’ve known for a while about Google Map’s “Street View” feature (it normally doesn’t work for the places I map) but today I discovered it goes a bit farther than just being able to see your local Wal-Mart from the comfort of your living room (if for some odd reason you would want to….); you can also see far away places such as the Everest Base Camp or the Swiss Alps.

(quoted from the Google Map Street View home page)

Google Maps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery. You can explore world landmarks, view natural wonders, navigate a trip, go inside restaurants and small businesses – and now even hike the Grand Canyon! Browse the gallery to see collections from around the world

Google Maps Street View Home

Today I spent the afternoon touring the Palace of Versailles; and as much as I would love to actually be there this might almost have been better (certainly easier on the budget!) because I could get right up next to the paintings, I could climb over the velvet ropes to see the detail on the beautiful screen in one corner of a room, I could get so close to the lovely ceilings that in real life my head would have brushed the chandelier! It was wonderful and breathtaking to be able to do all that right here at my computer desk; and Versailles is just the tip of the iceberg! You can tour everything from the White House to the Amazon, the Ocean (seriously!) to NASA, the Colosseum to Peterhof Palace. There are a few miniscule complaints like having to be patient while it loads and if you click your mouse to much on the picture it might get blurry…. but it usually straightens out pretty quickly so all in all a great experience! Great job Google! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what I’ll be exploring next.

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Sunshine blog award!!

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blog Award!!!!
YAY!!!
Thank you Marianerika!!!!!

Here are the rules:

1. Include the award logo in your post or on your blog

2. Answer 10 questions about yourself – You can make up your own or you can use mine

3. Nominate 5 – 10 other wonderful bloggers

4. Let the other nominees know they are nominated and include links to their blog

5. Link the person who nominated you

Let the fun begin:

1. Hardcover or paperback, and why?

Depends on how much I think I’ll read it, if it’s something I know I love than definitely hardcover so it will last longer but I’m not opposed to paperback either and since paperback is normally cheaper that’s what I usually get.

2. What food would you never say no to?

Chocolate or lasagna or bulgogi, or fresh-baked breads or jaeger schnitzel or pringles (perhaps the question should have been “what food would you never say yes to?” :))

3. What book are you currently reading?

I’ve got four started right now: The Winking Ruby Mystery (The Dana Girls Mystery Stories, #19) by Carolyn Keene, A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R. Martin, Emily’s Quest (Emily of New Moon #3) by L.M. Montgomery, and A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett.

4. The author (alive or dead) I would love to have lunch with would be:

Alison Croggon!!! I love the Pellinor quartet and I think she’d be really interesting to talk to.

5. If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except for the SAS survival guide, it would be:

One book??!! How is that possible?????!!!! Hmm, well my favorite book of all time is The will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce so I guess I could manage to survive with just it.

6. What’s your dream vacation?

A trip to Europe that includes England, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, and Germany or a trip to Salem MA (they have both a witch museum and a pirate museum and a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream shop!!!) or a trip to Australia (which would work great with my plans of lunch with Alison Croggon ;))

7. What are your favorite TV shows?

Psych (how could they end the season like that??!!!)
Leverage
White Collar
Warehouse 13
Doctor Who
Covert affairs
Merlin

8. If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be:

I’ve actually never thought about this, I always figured if I was going to jump into one of my favorite books it would be as myself but India in The Winter rose by Jennifer Donnelly is probably the most like me so I wouldn’t to unhappy with her.

9. The most overestimated book of all times is:

Twilight or The Hunger games

10. I hate it when a book:

Puts in a totally unnecessary epilogue or when my favorite character dies.
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Here are my nominees (in no particular order):

1. Lou from louslabors

2. Renate Kirkpatrick from rensfibreart

3. The gang over at puretextuality

4. Sally from sallysbakingaddiction

5. Morgan sin from pinsandpatience

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